Recently I shared with you about the great Christmas bird hunt. The goal is to find out how birds are migrating and keep tract of the health of bird as well. I thought I would share about a bird that you can find in my backyard many days
While goose hunting is a fairly popular sport here in southern Illinois. White Fronted Geese are still popular birds in our area. While not seen in my back yard they are often seen flying over head or at near by water ways.
Both female and male geese are similar in size around 27 to 30 inches tall. They appear gray or brown in color with their heads often being a darker brown head and neck. Orange legs and feet and a bill that is pinkish colored with a white base. Their bellies feature irregular dark bands on their bellies. with a white line that separates wings and belly.
The geese are found on coastal and inland wetlands and fields. They often breed on marshy tundra areas Around 5 to 6 cream colored eggs are laid and in about 23 to 25 days the eggs hatch.