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In the spirit of the Independence Day weekend, yesterday I posted about a red bird.  Today I’ll post about a white bird – a goose.  The goose that is likely a hybrid Greylag and Canada Goose, has been paddling happily along with the hen Greylag and the rest of the now larger flock of Canada Geese.  This goose is largely white but also has grey feathering along the back of its head and on its back.  The hybrid also has a slightly orange bill but the bill has a lot of black streaking.  The hybrid shows characteristics of the Canada Goose in its shape and in its bill.  The hybrid also resembles the Greylag in its light color and in the faint streak down from the top of its head to its shoulders.  Instead of having this shaded area be a light brown as the Greylag has, the hybrid has a grey streak.

There is a remote possibility that this goose is in reality another shade of the Greylag Goose breed of domestic goose.  If that is the case, then this is yet another escapee or another dumped gosling or goose.  Who can say other than an expert biologist or specialist.  I am neither of these.  I am only going by pure speculation on the matter.  In any event, this white and grey goose is quite attractive, and seems healthy and happy.  By the way, tomorrow I’lll post about blue-colored birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "More Pictures of the Possibly Hybrid Goose" (8)

  1. he or she is very pretty (as they all are). love the foursome. 🙂

    • Hi Texwisgirl, I like seeing the geese. These geese are pretty nice and well behaved but do beg from tourist visitors at the marina area. They are well-fed. : )
      Have a great day!

  2. Interesting that they are so well accepted by the Canadians.

    • Hi Montucky, That is another reason why I do think that the white goose is the child of the Greylag. The Greylag hen has been here on the lake mostly over two years. Have a fabulous day and thanks for your comments here.

  3. Another great post with wonderful info on the Goose. You are seeing great birds there. Wonderful photos.

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks! I do have a great ring-side seat here on the lake. Good climate, geography, plenty of food : ) and good shelter and water for the critters. Have a super nice day and enjoy your holiday weekend!

  4. I’d LOVE to see one of these!!

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