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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!

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