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Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby wh20crazy » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:59 pm

This morning I saw a single solid white goose flying w/ a flock of canadas. I've never seen one before & think it was a snow-goose. It was a little larger than the canadas. Probably just as well that I didn't shoot it, as I would have had to spend some $$ at the taxidermist. Pretty bird.
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby QAHONKER » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:24 pm

we see it often here, and also the reverse. Sometimes they just get mixed up I know I had a single Canada in with some snows a few years back....a little honk and wings set about 500 yards off.
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby dakotashooter2 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:29 am

Usually see it a couple times a year. Often it may be a couple snows that come down early and mix with the local birds or it may be a bird or two mixed in with a migrating flock of lessers. If they hang around in my area I often add a couple FB snows to my canada spread. Not sure if it makes any difference but if the canadas are used to seeing a couple snows mixed with their buddies it sets it apart from other spreads.
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:05 am

If it was larger than the canadas, it probably was'nt a snow goose. It might have been a barnyard/canada cross. I saw one while fishing on the Potomac recently. Thought it was a speck mixed in with them. Orange feet, white head, but no bars. Just a barnyard mix.
Of course, it could have been a huge snow. I've seen canadas with snows and the opposite while hunting the Eastern Shore of MD.
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby wh20crazy » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:52 pm

Cool info! Thanks. The feet were black. Not sure about the bill.
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby dakotashooter2 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:57 am

Greater snow goose mixed with lessers or cacklers?
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby cluckmeister » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:51 pm

dakotashooter2 wrote:Greater snow goose mixed with lessers or cacklers?


We regularly see snows mixed with Canadas here in Kansas, especially snows with Cacklers and lots of times you will see Snows, Canadas and White Fronts all in the same group
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby goosehappy » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:17 pm

Might have been a swan. I've never seen them fly together, but I have seen swans and Canadas hanging out together on marshes. Swans are bigger, and have black feet, but no black wing stripes
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby wh20crazy » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:16 pm

It definitely was not a swan. Those migrate further east of here every year. Swans are WAY bigger than geese too.

Bad part is, the snow goose season goes for two more months. Canada goose closed 12/31. This is the only white goose I've ever seen. We've got tons of resident Canada's.
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Re: Snow flying w/ Canadas?

Postby wetgoldenretriever » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:19 pm

I see a few snows mixed in big flocks of cacklers here from time to time



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