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A birding expert friend identifies this as a possible cross between a snow goose and a domestic goose.
I have seen farm geese in the summer time hanging around our canadien geese. I have never seen them flying with the canadien geese during the fall however. I think most of them stay here throught the winter. Maybe the domestic geese can tolerate the cold winter here in Michigan? Of course we also have a few wild groups that stay here but thats from people feeding them.
Yes it could also have some other cross, like you said they get out in the wild and cross with everything and then cause lots of problems, we have them "wild" at duck ponds here but much better kept as a pet =)
If it was in the wild it still may be a cross of domestic and wild but it also maybe someones pet thats just exploring outside its gates. I hope it finds its way back to home if thats the case so it doesn't mix with our wild population. And yes it looks quite simular to the chinese goose.
The chinese goose is a breed of domestic goose but thats definitely what it is, i have a 6 year old chinese goose as a pet and they are the best geese! So much character and he is so loyal, gives me cuddles and protects me from any "strangers" =)
I would just say its a domestic goose because domestic geese and ducks are crosses of many different species. I think its terrible that some domestic animals are released into the wild so they will mix with our wild ones. In my mind they are still domestic even if they are not tamed.
Spotted on Aug 5, 2010 Submitted on Sep 27, 2011
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