Scott Tetreault wonders what kind of goose he saw in Jamaica Plain today.
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A cross between a Snow Goose and a Greylag goose...or maybe even a Swan/Goose hybrid.
Judging from its orange feet and bill it could be a domestic goose displeased with the current political tenor and considering a move, or it could be a sport (an otherwise ordinary example of an animal but with a genetic abnormality), or a hybrid, probably of a canada goose with either a barnacle goose or domestic goose. My moneys on number 3.
Yep, there's enough non-white markings to pretty strongly suggest Canada goose/domestic goose hybrid.
It's a frankengoose. Some nerds at MIT made it in a lab.
Very possibly a "leucistic" Canada goose.
Leucism is a gene mutation arising naturally in many bird populations, akin to albinism, merle, etc. It could possibly result by crossing with a domestic goose as domestic geese are white and incomplete dominance is possible (which would explain the foot coloration).
A leucistic Canada Goose is still a Canada Goose, longer and thinner necked and legged than this bird.
It's definitely a hybrid and Canada is one of the parents. It doesn't look deep-bellied enough for the other parent to be domesticated (e.g. a "barnyard" Greylag Goose or a Swan/African/Chinese Goose). I suspect Canada x Snow Goose but I've never actually seen that combination. Here are some shots on Flickr that purport to be of Canada x Snow hybrids: https://www.flickr.com/groups/444365@N25/discuss/72157601880379256/ . Snow Geese vary a lot - they come in white and blue forms - so that their vary a lot as well is to be expected.
Forest Hills Cemetery, correct?
The state bird of Hawaii, who is incidentally descended from some Canada geese that got very, very, very lost about 500,000 years ago.
(It is not a nene, though. That'd be a hell of a commute.)
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