Meg asked about the weird-looking Canada Geese with extensive white
feathering on head and neck which we see around Reno regularly. I do
not really understand why they look the way they do, and I've asked
around without getting a solid answer. But I am pretty sure there is no
hybridization involved -- just some odd molt issues.
Hopefully someone else out there can give a better answer.
p.s. Keep your eyes open for gulls! There was an adult Lesser
Black-backed Gull at South Lake Tahoe today. First record for Tahoe.
Found by the Harrimans.
email: Martin (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Snow Goose, Hidden Valley/Rosewood Lakes (Reno)
> From: Rick/Meg Andrews <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Wed, October 29, 2014 11:46 am
> To: [log in to unmask]
> I just saw a lone Snow Goose at the back side of the "Firehouse Pond" in Hidden Valley. Best viewed from the dirt pull-out along Pembroke, just east of the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. I didn't see the bird right away, until it swam out with some Canada Geese from a side channel. Also present was a Great Egret.
> I checked several other ponds in Hidden Valley. I saw a smattering of American Wigeons at each pond, but no Eurasian Wigeon (yet!).
> I've noticed over the last few days what seems to be greater-than normal numbers of less-than pure Canada Geese (mostly white heads and necks). What do the Canada Geese breed with--Snow, Greater White-fronted, other geese? Just curious.
> Meg Andrews
> Reno, NV