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

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
> 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

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