I was super suprised to find a really cool bird this morning in my yard!
At first glance, I was unsure of the species, and I was hoping I had some kind of rarity.
After checking the bird guide book, I figured out it was just a Snow Goose, but a very special “blue morph” of the Snow Goose. And to add to further confusion, this was a juvenile.
Here he is fluffing his feathers. You can see how some of the feathers have a bluish cast to them. You can even see the nictitating membrane that birds use to protect their eyes. See, his eye has a strange appearance, but that’s just the extra eyelid that birds have. It comes in handy when they are flying or when they are dunking their heads underwater. It is a transparent membrane that the bird can still see through.