Sunday, January 31, 2010

Red faces.

From the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (British Columbia Wildlife Society) site:

"During their stay here, favourite natural foods for these birds are the intertidal marsh plants of the estuary. Marsh plants such as bulrush (Scirpus americanus) store starch reserves in their roots and rhizomes. The geese dig up these food sources using their strong bills. The soils in the Delta area are rich in iron compounds, and stain the head feathers of the geese orange when they have been digging in the marsh."

Rusty Snow Goose.

6 comments:

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Aw, aren't they lovely, even with their red faces. We don't get snow geese here, rusty or otherwise.

Karen said...

Funny! I wonder if it looks funny to the geese.

Kim and Victoria said...

That's interesting. It's like they're wearing makeup!

ksdoolittle said...

That sure would be a lifer for me! Very pretty little geese! ~ks

KaHolly said...

Are these the same geese as in your previous post?

Hugh said...

Jodi, They're magnificent things. The longer they stay here the redder they get.

Karen, I'm sure it does, and they mock each other.

K&V, It's like faux-tan, which is a term I just invented, the carotenoid pills people took to appear tanned but instead turned orange.

KS, Hope you get to see some somewhere soon.

KaHolly, Part of the same flock, but in a different place.