|A juvenile Snow Goose|
Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) are a big part of winter here in California. They shelter in the string of national wildlife refuges up and down the valley, and in those refuges they can cover the ground like snow.
|The gray birds in the foreground are Sandhill Cranes|
I didn't catch the moment of liftoff, but here is a short video of Snow Geese filling the skies at Merced yesterday.