November 2014


The Chinese Goose was photographed near Rolling Oak Road and S. Harrah Road in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Chinese Goose was photographed near Rolling Oak Road and S. Harrah Road in Norman, Oklahoma.

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The Chinese Goose is brown and white with a black bill that often has a basal knob at the upper part of the bill and forehead, and orange legs. They are descended from the wild swan goose native to Asia. Chinese Geese are often found with other geese, ducks, Muscovy, and chickens in a pen on a farm. They are among the better laying breeds of geese as well as produce twice as many goslings. The Geese eat many grasses and herbaceous plants and are referred to as “Weeder Geese.” It is an economical breed, as the stock is generally less expensive than other breeds.

The Common Snipe was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana.

The Common Snipe was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana.

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The Common Snipe is brown with buff and bold zigzag stripes on the back, a striped head, an extremely long bill, greenish legs, and a short orange tail. The range is most of North America. It has a habitat of marshes, bogs and wet meadows. It is a solitary creature of wet fields and bogs. It can often be heard sitting from atop a fence post or dead tree. It has a diet of mostly insects and earthworms found from probing in soft mud.