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Greylag and Canada Goose Hybrid?

I was quite startled to see not just the resident Greylag Goose with her friends the Canada Geese here along the lake, but there was a new white and grey goose.  The new goose is probably a child of the Greylag and a Canada Goose drake.  I am guessing that is the case.  The hybrid goose has a mottled orange and black bill which also suggests that it is a hybrid cross between the Canada Goose that has a black bill, and the Greylag Goose with its orange bill.  The small group of geese was grazing on a neighbor’s lawn and all looked like they got along well.  The likely hybrid goose is young-looking but is maybe a year old.  From it’s nearly adult size, I doubt it was born this last Spring.  The Greylag was gone a lot last Summer so maybe the youngster was born on a nearby lake and returned with its mother and father to this lake.  Who can say?  I do hope to see more of the Greylag and this new white and grey goose.  I took these pictures from my deck on June 21, 2011, and again during the rainy twilight of June 22, 2011 (geese on the lake).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The hen Greylag Goose

Comments on: "Likely a Greylag and Canada Goose Hybrid" (7)

  1. What a surprise you found! Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Eva, I am glad to have seen this new young hybrid goose. Happy too, that you also like the post. Thanks for your nice comment. Have a wonderful day!

  2. my internet connection is giving me fits today so i wasn’t able to enlarge these, but the thumbnails give me a hint at what he/she looks like. 🙂

  3. He is a pretty bird! I didn’t know that Canadian geese could cross with other geese.

    • Hi Kateri, I am not a hundred percent sure that this is an example of a hybrid cross between the Greylag and the Canada but that is my best guess based on the circumstantial evidence. The white grey goose is not anything like a commonly seen Greylag. If anything else, it could be another domestic goose that somehow got loose or was put out at our lake. My guess is that this goose is a hybrid. Have a great Friday tomorrow!

  4. Goodness, a hybrid! Does this happen often or is it rare?

    • Hi Ginny, I don’t know for sure but I don’t think that this is very common. More commonly seen in ducks. Again, I am no expert. Have a super nice day tomorrow!

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