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Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Description:

Gray/brown goose with black head, neck and tail. It has white from ear to ear stretching under its beak. This bird has a small white mark above the eye. The fourth image shows the "V" formation in flight. The last shows its droppings. I was thinking perhaps this is has some Branta canadensis maxima in it causing the white above the eye but I'm not sure.

Habitat:

City Park lake in Fort Collins. "This species is native to North America. It breeds in Canada and the northern United States in a variety of habitats. Its nest is usually located in an elevated area near water such as streams, lakes, ponds and sometimes on a beaver lodge. Its eggs are laid in a shallow depression lined with plant material and down. The Great Lakes region maintains a very large population of Canada Geese." - Wikipedia

Notes:

When I was little, there use to be enormous flocks of these geese that would darken the sky enough to make people stop walking and look up. They're considered a pest leaving droppings everywhere and bacteria growing in it. They're also very loud, especially in large numbers.

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10 Comments

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

http://www.harteman.nl/omnibus/anserifor...
Cindy this link might help. There are cackling geese with this white eye patch to. Run down the page to see those.Let me know what you think.

wildlifewatcher
wildlifewatcher 8 years ago

Mine is the same size as the others too.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

I've some in photo's as well. I know the Branta canadensis maxima has white above the eye but they're also the largest one. This goose was the same size as the others so I was wondering if it was a mix.

wildlifewatcher
wildlifewatcher 8 years ago

I saw one similiar to this one yesterday in Georgia. Only one here with the white above the eyes, that I have seen.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Thank you Art!

Art Aldrich
Art Aldrich 8 years ago

Nicely documented

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Does anyone know if this is a ssp causing the white above the eye? Perhaps a hybrid with the Giant Canada Goose, B. c. maxima?

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Hi Emma, wow, it's really difficult to tell. I'll keep at it though!

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jan 6, 2012
Submitted on Jan 12, 2012

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