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Geese on the Lake

The Canada Geese, Greylag Goose, and Hybrid Goose mostly stay at the dam end of the lake in the late afternoon and evening hours.  During the middle of the day, some of the flock of geese go to the marina to cruise, rest, and amuse and charm the vacationing children.  Of course, they do at times, get a hand-out or two for their efforts.  I took these pictures in the middle of July 2011 from my deck.  Because of the ongoing dock construction, I am seeing very few birds, waterfowl, and critters here at my own shoreline backyard.  Won’t be much longer before the dock is finished.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

More Pictures of the Possibly Hybrid Goose

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!

Likely a Greylag and Canada Goose Hybrid

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

An Update on the Greylag Goose

The Greylag Goose is a permanent resident of this private 101 acre community lake.  I don’t know the history of this goose but it has lived here for at least 18 months.  I think this Greylag Goose is a domestic goose that likely either escaped from a local farm or was let loose here at the lake as an older gosling or very young adult goose.  She raised an adoptive brood of Canada Geese when the Canada Geese were just goslings themselves.  Somehow, the Canada Geese just imprinted on her and away the group all went.  Now that those Canada Geese are grown, they have left for other places.  I do see a few Canada Geese every few days but they tend to come and go.  We have several smaller lakes nearby.  At first, I thought that the Greylag was unable to fly.  I was surprised earlier this summer when lo and behold, the Greylag up and flew!  She does not prefer to fly but certainly can and does fly on occasion.  Recently I have seen the Greylag Goose paddling around with the always good-natured Mallard Ducks.  This Greylag basically hangs around with any water bird that will allow her presence.  Of course, she prefers the company of the Canada Geese when they are here.  I took these pictures yesterday and also two weeks ago (flight).  The pictures were all taken from my balcony and from my window.  As you can see, the Greylag is healthy and seems to be doing quite well.   Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Surprising Act by the Greylag Goose

I was out with my camera on a recent morning and saw something that amazed me.  I had been totally convinced that the Greylag Goose hen that has lived here on our community lake all this past year could not fly.  Well, to my utter surprise, off she flew!  I took these pictures of that flight.  The Greylag was paddling among the American Coots when for some unknown reason, she just took to wing!  So, maybe she just learned how to fly by trial and error or perhaps she just had never wanted to fly.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Waterbird Extravaganza

Ducks, Geese, Grebes, and Coots galore were out on our 101 acre community lake yesterday.  A few migratory visitors surprised me when I took a picture of a large group of mixed birds way out on the lake.  Imagine my surprise to see in one spot American Widgeons, Pied-Billed Grebes, Mallard Ducks, American Coots, Wood Ducks and of all things, Lesser Scaup Ducks!  Very exciting to say the least!  This is the first time I have seen Scaup ducks and they are interesting beauties with black and white coloring with a blue bill and yellow eyes.  We also have our resident group of Canada Geese and that old faithful Greylag Goose is still here.  Our lake is having far fewer boats out so the ducks feel safer on the water.  My husband also reported seeing a Bald Eagle fly over the lake this morning.  That makes a lot of sense as I have read that the Bald Eagle likes eating Coots.  When the Eagles fly around here, all of the little animals and smaller waterbirds hide.  I also noted that the big flock of Coots is now here.  I saw about 50 Coots in all.  We probably had 30 Widgeons here today.  Only a handful of the Scaups and Grebes were out.  Same for the Wood Ducks (I only saw 2 today).  In the photo of the big mixed flock, there are American Widgeons, Grebes, Lesser Scaups, American Coots, and a Wood Duck or two.  All of these pictures were taken on 10/31/10 from my back deck.  Today was certainly that “Waterbird Extravaganza” type of day here!  By the way, so far, this morning is a very quiet one and a big contrast to all of the exciting scenes of yesterday.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Canada Geese Have Returned

Some of the Canada Geese that we had here on the lake this past spring and summer had recently left for other, presumably greener, lake-side living.  We have a number of lakes in the area so the Geese likely just moved to a different local body of water for awhile.  The Greylag Goose that lives here on our lake was the foster mom to a small group of Canada Goslings this past spring and early summer.  The now grown Canada Geese recently flew away with the larger flock.  I noticed a few days ago that a small group of Canada Geese had returned here.  The Greylag Goose certainly seems very content with which ever these Canada Geese here now, are.  I am guessing that the small group here are “Her” Geese.  It really is hard to distinguish between individual Canada Geese as they all are so very similar in looks.  The Canada Geese have been leaving and coming back in the past couple of months here.   I took most of these photographs in the last week.  It is a nice thing to be able to keep tabs on the wildlife, even if unofficially and unscientifically.  Please click on the thumbnail picture to see the larger photo.   Enjoy!

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