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Leucistic Canada Geese

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Single sightings of a Greater White-fronted Goose mixed in with Canada Geese are reported around the mid-Atlantic; and it’d be a new lifer for me, so I’ve got this habit now of scanning flocks of Canada Geese.  🙂

Still no sighting for me, but two days ago when scanning, something different did catch my eye.  I did a u-turn and went back to investigate.

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Leucistic Canada Goose with its species

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I have never seen a white Canada Goose!  Last night, I searched the internet to read about leucistic and albino coloring.

Leucistic is a genetic change that keeps some or all of a bird’s feathers from getting their usual colors.  It happens in several species of birds.

Bird expert, David Sibley, wrote an article, “Abnormal Coloration in Birds”, that discussed in great detail the differences in leucistic versus albino that I found quite interesting for more in-depth understanding, you might too.  (click highlighted article to read, it will open in another window for you)

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Leucistic Canada Goose (normal Canada Goose behind it)

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Leucistic Canada Goose

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I was along a busy road so I rolled on.  Passing more of this huge flock, I saw another Canada Goose with just its head affected.  Another pullover!

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Leucistic Canada Goose? Possibly more like a hybrid Snow x Canada Goose

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I thought these were pretty cool to share.  Have you ever seen a leucistic Canada Goose?

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