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Barnacle Goose - Sweden - April 2019 (1 Viewer)

Aladdin

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Thailand
Dear members and bird watchers

I´m presently in Tiveden, Sweden looking at the Black Grouse Lek just leaving Lake Hornborga in Sweden.

Here is a bird I identified as a Barnacle Goose but now I think it is a Canada goose.Mostly because of the shape of the bill. Barnacle have a shorter bill. And of course, the white shape behind the eyes.

Anyway, is it a sick bird, something wrong with the pigment or is it a cross breed?On the attached picture we can see the white spot above the bill, and the neck is very white.

Something I never see before. A lot of Greylag goose pairs came in for landing behind the reeds. A saw yet another pair approaching while munching on my picnic lunch.

It looked strange, you know what I mean, looks like a normal pair but something was off and I discovered that it was one Canada Goose and one Greylag Goose flying together. And I never had time to get a picture.

I wondering if they could get babies together and after landing the other Graylag Goose pairs scared away this couple. I was puzzled

In Tiveden looking at the Black Grouse Lek and I discussed this with one other bird watcher. Lo and behold, he brought out his phone and he showed me a Canada and Greylag Goose pair.

He also showed me a picture of a cross breed, looking like my bird, but a soft orange coloured bill.

Any thoughts about my Barnacle Goose, or as I call it now, Canada Goose. A cross breed or a sick bird?

Kind regards and happy birding
Aladdin
 

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Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
It is mostly Canada Goose but a hybrid with some form of other goose, probably a domestic Greylag.

Steve
 

Aladdin

Registered User
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Thailand
It is mostly Canada Goose but a hybrid with some form of other goose, probably a domestic Greylag.

Steve

Thank you

Some one suggested some sickness with the pigment ans someone suggested a crossbreed, my friend showed the picture of the Greylag and the Canada and it looked like this, except for the orange toned bill.

Kind regards and happy birding
Aladdin
 

Alexander Stöhr

Well-known member
Hello Aladdin,

do you have a picture where at least one leg is visible?

Your bird might be a pure Canada Goose, because:
-Canadas with abnormally white parts on head and neck are regular.
-The PROMINENT white eyering is much rarer in pure Canada (some have a narrow one), but I have seen similar birds like yours before.
- Billcolour and upperparts are very good for Canada, while many hybrids have different colour/pattern there.

BUT: I have seen similar "Canadas" before, with clearly orange legs revealing their hybrid origin.

So, what is it? If this is the only picture, I would say"most propably pure Canada" with the slight caveat of beeing a Canadalike hybrid that can only be detected by legcolour
 

Joern Lehmhus

Well-known member
Hello Aladdin,

do you have a picture where at least one leg is visible?

Your bird might be a pure Canada Goose, because:
-Canadas with abnormally white parts on head and neck are regular.
-The PROMINENT white eyering is much rarer in pure Canada (some have a narrow one), but I have seen similar birds like yours before.
- Billcolour and upperparts are very good for Canada, while many hybrids have different colour/pattern there.

BUT: I have seen similar "Canadas" before, with clearly orange legs revealing their hybrid origin.

So, what is it? If this is the only picture, I would say"most propably pure Canada" with the slight caveat of beeing a Canadalike hybrid that can only be detected by legcolour

The white cheek patch is exactly shaped like a canada gooses cheek patch. , This indicates a pure canada with some color abnormalities, not a hybrid.
 

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