Date: 3/11/17 5:17 pm From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> Subject: [cobirds] Re: Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR
Hey, folks. I know I'm coming in way late on this conversation, but I conjecture that this bird is a Canada Goose x Graylag Goose hybrid. Whatever it is, It's beautiful. Thanks, John, for bringing this to our attention.
Ted Floyd, Lafayette, Boulder County
On Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 8:13:36 AM UTC-7, <mvjo......> wrote: > > There are about 6 to 8,000 birds at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, > with more to come as waters start to flow. These birds consist of Sandhill > Cranes, Cackling, Canada, Gr Wh Fronted and Ross' Geese. A good variety of > ducks are also present. (Rio Grande County). Best viewing places are the > usual turnouts on Hwy 15 south of Monte Vista. > > Every year we seem to get an anomaly and this year is no different. I > found and photographed an unusual hybrid goose that is similar to a Canada > Goose but has obvious differences. A white frontal area, large white cheek > patch, broad white belly band, and orange legs are some of the notable > differences. This bird has me baffled. > > You can view the bird on my webpage at > > http://johnrawinski.zenfolio.com/ > > Look at the first 3 images in "Sandhill Cranes and Other Birds at Monte > Vista NWR" > > I would be interested to hear what folks think this bird might be. Good > birding all. > > John Rawinski > Monte Vista, Colorado > > > > >