No, not Christmas dinner! I was at my lake house doing a bit of work yesterday and spotted the Canada Geese and the Greylag Goose at the dam end of the lake (about a half-block from where I was taking pictures). Needless to say, I was using my long zoom lens when taking the picture. We also were driving around our former community and stopped to snap a few pictures of these hybrid geese. The hybrid geese were walking around on the shoreline of a small lake at a park near the main road there in the community.
I had never seen these particular geese before but it does make sense that there would be more than one hybrid cross between the domestic goose (Greylag and others?) and the resident large flocks of Canada Geese. I was taken aback by the white goose that looks just like a domestic white goose except when you notice that tiny black spot on its neck. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! I wish you a merry Christmas! I will take tomorrow off but will be right back on Monday. See you then!
I have not finished moving from my lake front home to the small farm. I was at the lake two days ago when I snapped these pictures of the Canada Geese, Greylag Goose and that hybrid Greylag/Canada Goose. The geese were paddling around a neighbor’s dock as well as grazing on their lawn. These geese love eating tender domestic grass. They also like grains such as corn, wheat, and rice. They will eat almost all kinds of seeds and love legumes such as peanuts. During the Summer, the geese at this lake often get tourists to give them treats at the marina where there is a swimming area.
This group of geese has been at the lake for a couple of years. I remember when I first spotted the older Greylag two years ago. This is the same goose that learned to fly about a year ago. The hybrid is very probably its child. They all get along very well. I am glad that this lake is well-managed as far as the geese and ducks and other waterfowl go. I will miss seeing these geese a lot. I do have a small flock of their cousins where I am now living. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
The Canada Geese and the hybrid Greylag and Canada Goose have taken up residence on the far shore opposite from my home. I seldom see the geese here anymore. I do on occasion hear the distinctive honk of the Greylag hybrid. These geese eat grasses, and grains primarily. They love grazing on backyard lawns along the lake. Having the flock paddle around the lake on the far shore gave me an opportunity to take a few pictures of them the other day. The geese look healthy . There are about ten in this one group. There likely are three or four different groups of geese on this 101 acre man-made private community lake. By the way, this lake is nearly forty years old now. I always love seeing the waterfowl here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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