Escapee Canada Geese & hybrids

In recent years several Cackling Geese, a presumed Lesser Canada Goose and several presumed Barnacle X Canada or Barnacle x Cackling Goose hybrids have been found in the Rugby area. The birds documented here illustrate the frequency with which such birds are occurring in a free range state but it would seem likely that they originate from local collections. Martin Elliott and Rob Hughes have both commented that they do not encounter anything other than ‘typical’ Canada Geese in Cornwall and N Wales respectively, both areas where genuine vagrants could perhaps occur. It is however, perhaps worth bearing in mind the number of such birds which are apparently roaming free. Lesser Canada Goose This bird photographed at Draycote Water on 22/11/14 has been putatively identified as a Lesser Canada Goose on the basis that it appears to be rather large and large billed for any of the other smaller forms including Richardson’s and has a pale breast. It essentially resembles a small, small billed Common Canada Goose.

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Lesser Canada Goose Draycote Water

Barnacle x Canada/Barnacle x Cackling Goose Hybrids This bird photographed at Napton Res. on 06/05/12 appears to be a Barnacle x Canada or Barnacle x Cackling Goose hybrid and it resembles birds here http://www.flickr.com/groups/hybridbirds/discuss/72157606010408237/ particularly the individual photographed at East Fenton Farm Reservoir, Lothian 11/10/09.

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Presumed Barnacle x Canada/Cackling Goose hybrid Napton Res. Another similar bird can be viewed via the following link sent to me by Rob Hughes https://www.flickr.com/photos/bonxie88/11214784774/

This presumed Barnacle x Canada or Barnacle x Cackling Goose hybrid was photographed at Draycote Water on 01/11/14 and like the previous individual has a small white spot on the forehead

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Presumed Barnacle x Canada/Cackling Goose hybrid Draycote Water

A second very similar individual has been photographed by Bob Hazel. CG 4

Presumed Barnacle x Canada/Cackling Goose hybrid Draycote Water photo by Bob Hazel

The birds in the photographs below are reminiscent of Dusky Canada Goose but are perhaps not dark enough on the underparts and may also be hybrids.

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Unidentified Canada Goose/hybrid Draycote Water photo by Bob Hazel

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