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NE Florida - hybrid geese?


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On 7/28/2018 at 9:54 PM, Inastrangeland said:

The "intermediate" geese you're speaking of look like young Canada geese.....their young feathers don't make for the contrast you see in the adults. This IS the time of year you would see young this size as well.

Thanks, I've been seeing tons of young Canada geese over the last two months and none of them have had plumage remotely like these three! All going from a fuzzy brownish and then a pale imitation of adult plumage, but still distinct chin straps, etc. Like these youngsters I monitored. By the time they are as big as the parents their Canada plumage is quite distinct.

43050700584_8b65455b14_z.jpg2018-04-14 mall geese by scall0way, on Flickr

43050685164_397a9cd747_z.jpg2018-06-02 JPHall geese by scall0way, on Flickr

43718348212_582b02f0b7_z.jpg2019-06-16 JP Hall geese by scall0way, on Flickr

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I'm not sure of what the answer is but the downward slope of their bills looks almost identical to that of the domestic swan's bill and much less like the bill of a typical Canada goose. This could very well be a hybrid (in my completely unprofessional opinion). Wonder what some others might think ...

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