Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens

Snow Geese are surprisingly rare in the Pribilof Islands. This species does not regularly breed in Alaska, but is common in migration in southcoastal and southeast Alaska and annual in fall to Saint Lawrence Island. Likely due to lack of extensive coverage there are very few records of this species in fall for the Pribilof Islands. On average this species is detected in spring or early summer one out of four or five seasons. Although not yet recorded in the Bering Sea, Ross’s Goose should be considered when confronted with a possible spring Snow Goose on the island. Check for the black “grinning patch” on the thick bill, long neck and flat crown of Snow Goose to rule out a Ross’s Goose. Look for this species in the thick grasses that fringe our freshwater lakes.