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  Order Anseriformes - Waterfowl
   Family Anatidae - Ducks, Geese, and Swans
      Subfamily Anserinae - Geese and Swans
  Waterfowl vary in size - from teal to swans. They all have webbed feet and dense, waterproof plumage. Most nest on the ground and the nest is lined with down plucked by the female from her breast. Except for two small groups not found in North America, all belong to one (or two) families.
Ducks, Geese, and Swans are waterfowl with their bill finely serrated or grooved on the edge. Their tongue is fleshy. Their front toes are webbed. Males have a functional penis. They are strong fliers and many migrate long distances. 
Geese and Swans are larger waterfowl. In geese, the neck is shorter than the body and in swans, the neck is long.    
     
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  Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens 
 
 Cornell     USGS     Wiki     ToL     EoL
        WINTER - Rare / Accidental
            MARSHES, IMPOUNDMENTS (fresh water)
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   The Snow Goose is also the size of a Cackling Goose. It exists in two color phases, formerly regarded as separate species (Snow and Blue Geese). White phase ("snow") birds are dingy as juveniles but all white as adults with black primaries. The bill is pink and has a "grin patch," a sharply curved border at the base of the bill. There is some yellow washing the head of adults. The dark phase ("blue") birds are all dark as juveniles (with lighter under-wings). Adults are gray with a white head and streaks of gray extending up the neck. These birds breed on open Arctic tundra in lowland marsh areas, usually not far from the ocean. They winter in both fresh and salt marshes, wet prairies, and extensive sand bars. They often forage in pastures and open fields.  
Snow Goose
     
Snow Goose (front). "Blue" goose (center). Canada Geese (rear). The larger image includes another blue phase and more Canada Geese. Oak Openings, OH.
   
  NOTES:
   Checklists -
      Kiawah - rare fall and winter.
      Coastal - rare winter visitor. Hilton Head - rare winter visitor. Cape Romain - rare fall and winter.
         Huntington Beach - rare, December - February.
      Caw Caw - uncommon fall and winter. ACE - rare fall and winter.
   CBC:  ACE 12, 0, 9, 8, 1, 0, 0, 9; Charleston 4, 0, 7, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2;
             Hilton Head 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; Sun City/Okatie 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0:
             McClellanville 0, 501, 550. 1, nc., nc, 600, 1001 (600 blue); Winyah Bay x, x, 0, 0, 0, CW, 0, 0.
   P&G: Locally abundant winter visitor in the Santee River Delta (away from the coast). Uncommon winter visitor. Dates: 2 October - 26 April. Winter populations have increased since the late 70s.
   Avendex: 31 records. Maximum 39 birds, Charleston, December 14, 1988. All but one record between late October and late March.
  Avendex
     Potter: Large numbers winter at Lake Mattamuskeet and the Bodie-Pea Island area of North Carolina. Inland but to the south, the species becomes rare.
  ●  Rare migrant and winter visitor in nearby areas. Rare - rare or accidental on Seabrook.
       
    Banner - Snow Geese and Mallards, City Park, Denver, CO
       
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