A small group of birders found a pair of REDHEAD drakes at Crown Pt this
afternoon. They were among the many other Ring-necks, Gr. Scaup,
Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Mallard, Gadwall and Common Merganser,
under the bridge. The Tufted Duck was not observed. However, one
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was observed in the company of several
hundred Canada Geese. Four Bald eagles on the ice...
And, one really strange looking goose was also observed - perhaps a
hybrid of sorts. This bird looked most-like a greater white-fronted
goose, but it wasn't quite right, so to speak. First, the bird was
larger than a Canada goose and quite a bit larger than the GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED that was also there. This bird had light grey cheek
patches, making the bird appear to have a dark cap. Its breast and
flanks were brown-grey as with greater white fronted, but the dark
blotches were absent. The white horizontal line contrasting the wing
and flanks was not apparent as it was on the greater white-fronted.
The white at the base of the bill was less extensive than on the greater
white-fronted, and the bill was paler orange, as compared to the greater
white-fronted. Sibley's shows a GrWFxSnow Cross and a GrWFxCanada
Cross, but this bird was different than either. It appeared to have a
head like the GrWFxSnow Cross, with grey cheek patches, but with body
markings much more like the GrWFxCanada cross. Legs were orange. I
don't know what to make of this bird, but thought others might take a
crack at locating it and commenting.
Team Pipit, Dwight Cargill, Terry Wright