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lvn600 Sunday 25th February 2007 21:15

Another Barnyard Goose-Or Greater White-fronted Goose. Essex CT. USA
 
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Usually when I check these things out, they turn out to be domestic waterfowl.-The markings are similar in Sibley's to a Greater White-fronted Goose but also to a Barnyard Goose.-Can you please let me know which it is and how you differentiate the two?-thanks

David Norgate Sunday 25th February 2007 21:18

Is there a picture available of this goose?
The differences are usually obvious, particlarly size, shape and white areas on 'barnyard' geese.

Aha the pic appeared as I was typing. This is a Greylag Goose (western race) I only see it as a pure bird.

Stephen Menzie Sunday 25th February 2007 21:24

It's a domestic Greylag. A couple of the obvious differences - the white around the bill is very limited; the bird is very bulky with a thick neck; the orange bill is rather large; the bird is overall quite pale with pale fringes to a lot of the feathers; the belly is quite pale and plain, would show dark barring in W-f Goose.

Hope this helps,

Stephen

lvn600 Sunday 25th February 2007 21:26

Helps a great deal-I figured it would be the domestic but never having seen the other, I wanted to make sure-thanks

David Norgate Sunday 25th February 2007 21:36

Why is it a domestic? I would call it a feral or escape.

Andrew Whitehouse Sunday 25th February 2007 21:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ruralchill
Why is it a domestic? I would call it a feral or escape.

I'd say the shape of it, especially the very heavy rear belly, makes it look more like a domestic than a wild bird. It's hard to be sure about this from one picture though.

Stephen Menzie Sunday 25th February 2007 22:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ruralchill
Why is it a domestic? I would call it a feral or escape.

Is a feral bird not just a domesticated one that's escaped??? ;)

David Norgate Sunday 25th February 2007 22:13

hmmmm, Menzie, you have a point, as does Andrew, that is a rather lrge rearend!

Gentoo Monday 26th February 2007 05:57

This is a Domestic Graylag based on the shape as mentioned earlier. No pure wild goose has such a large "keel" in it's hind belly like that. This is what makes flying a task for domestic geese and wild graylag would not show the white around the bill.


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