Monday, March 24, 2014

Greylag Goose

Sunday, 23 March 2014, Erika and I photographed a Greylag Goose in Faribault, Minnesota. The problem is that Greylags are the ancestors of most domestic geese.  You can be sure Greylags are domestic if they are oddly plumaged. But, in classic plumage, wild and domestic escapees can not be differentiated. Only two definite records exist for wild Greylags in North America--they are native to Europe and Asia--in Alaska and Newfoundland. But Greenland populations are on the increase, and one might expect more American records for wild birds. But how would one know their provenance? This bird was equally wary as the Canada Geese with which it fed. Perhaps one would have to find a Greylag banded in the wild in Greenland.

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