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Canadian Goose

Branta canadensis

Notes:

I saw this same goose last winter but I was never able to get close enough to get a shot. Only one I have ever seen with a white head and orange beak.



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11 Comments

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 6 years ago

Different shaped head and neck. I'm guessing a hybrid - maybe white fronted goose

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 6 years ago

Not sure, just thought it was interesting since it was different.

XXD17
XXD17 6 years ago

It could be partial leucism like this bird here: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_x29Pef-T4FQ/SU...

but the bill color and neck "slits" indicate otherwise...

Interesting...could it be something like an albino Canada Goose?

XXD17
XXD17 6 years ago

nvm...I was looking at this on a phone...you are right, it's not a snow goose...no grin and no apparent tertials either....however, the bill color is very odd...it this was to be a mutant canada goose, the bill should remain black...it's probably a canada x domestic (greylag) hybrid...

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 6 years ago

Also snow geese have different beaks.

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 6 years ago

Yeah from the bottom of the neck down it matches the other geese.

Are you sure courtenyhitson? It could be just hanging around with the Canada Geese

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 6 years ago

It's also a Canadian goose. It comes with a flock. This is the second year it's been at the park.

XXD17
XXD17 6 years ago

The other is a snow goose

One of the geese is a Canada Goose but i think the other one is a different species.

courtneyhitson
Spotted by
courtneyhitson

Fitzgerald, Georgia, USA

Lat: 31.71, Long: -83.25

Spotted on Mar 25, 2013
Submitted on Mar 26, 2013

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