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Strange goose

Observed: 21st October 2012 By: andrewandlynda
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Description:

Large, mostly white goose among a large flock of Canada geese with a few Greylags

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Greylag x Canada Goose (Anser anser x Branta canadensis)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

chrisbrooks's picture

ID Comment

It's not unusual for Greylags and Canadian Geese to cross breed but this is not the usual coloration of that mix, perhaps there is some Domestic Goose in it.

Updated entry - I seem to have entered this as Ophrys was entering an ID, so I think his ID is more than likely correct.

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Goose

I agree with Chris. It is pretty large, like a domesticated goose, but there look to be elements of Greylag (as you would expect) and Canada in there somewhere... I am not sure that you can get to the bottom of exactly what it is.

Updated entry...I think your comment was about right, Chris!

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chrisbrooks's picture

Anser anser

I think the Latin name for the Domestic Goose is Anser anser anyway, so I agree with your ID.

andrewandlynda's picture

Goose

Makes perfect sense now you mention it - thanks!