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Old Sunday 25th February 2007, 21:15   #1
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Question Another Barnyard Goose-Or Greater White-fronted Goose. Essex CT. USA

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
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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.

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Old Sunday 25th February 2007, 21:24   #3
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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.

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Helps a great deal-I figured it would be the domestic but never having seen the other, I wanted to make sure-thanks
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Why is it a domestic? I would call it a feral or escape.
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Old Sunday 25th February 2007, 21:41   #6
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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.
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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???
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hmmmm, Menzie, you have a point, as does Andrew, that is a rather lrge rearend!
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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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