On this page are photos of a Canada goose hybrid and close views of goose body parts.
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In late November 2015 I noticed this goose with a flock of Canada geese. Based on its coloring I think one parent was a domestic white goose and the other was a Canada goose.
[This profile view of a goose walking through a parking lot shows the shape of a Canada goose, but the coloring is different in places. It has orange legs and feet, a mottled orange and black beak, and more white than normal on its back end, breast, face and neck.]

Here it is beside other Canada geese in the flock. I didn't see it after that, but I did see it again in December 2016, so it must be part of a migrating flock.
[The hybrid goose stands on the right with a normal Canada goose on the left. The hybrid has significantly more white feathers although the outline shapes of the birds match quite well. ]

In December 2016, I noticed this hybrid. Its feet are lighter in color than a pure-bred Canada goose and its bill seemed speckled instead of all black. While the hybrid in the prior photo was noticeably larger than the other Canada geese, this one was not.
[Goose is walking on pavement toward the camera. Its head is turned slightly to the left and cream-colored sections are visible in the black of its beak. It has a white patch around its bill and heading up the center of its head where it stops between the eyes. Its neck is a brown-white mix rather than dark black. One foot is pulled near its body with only the very bottom of the webbing visible. The other foot is flat on the ground and is a light-brown color. ]

The white color on the side of the goose's head is one continous patch of white on the underside of its head.
[A goose has its beak up in the air exposing the underside of its chin. There is a small black section (like a small notch), but otherwise teh underside is white.]

The edges of a goose's bill are serrated which comes in handy when eating grass blades and other greenery.
[A goose put its beak through an opening in a chain link fence to bite the concrete on the other side. Its mouth is open exposing its tongue. The serrated edges of the lower bill are visible.]

A goose's tongue is only attached at the base like a human's.
(Momma is defending her little ones.)
[An adult goose swimming in the water has its neck fully stretched in front of its body with its mouth fully open and its tongue outstretched and curved downward. Three small goslings swim in front of the adult on its right side.]

Geese have claws on the ends of their webbed feet. This is a gosling's foot.
[Side view of tne black webbed foot of a gosling with three sharp, hook-like protuberances at the ends.]

I noticed quite a few gosling feet with holes in the webbing.
[Top down view of a foot with several, irregular-shaped openings in its webbing.]

The dew claw (4th toe) of a goose doesn't touch the ground when it walks.
[Through the chain-link fence is a back foot of a goose with the short fourth toe with claw attached in the air as the rest of the webbed foot is on the ground.]

The natural bouyancy of a goose means it has to paddle its feet to stay under water like this.
Notice the concentric circles around the legs of the gosling on the right.
[Two geese beside each other in the water have their hind ends in the air while the rest of their bodies are submerged. The goose on the right is completely vertical while the one on the left is at a slant towards the left.]

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