The female sign
There was a hybrid Canada-greylag goose with 5 Canada geese, paired to one of them. It looked a bit clumsy, but it had a good session bathing itself. Given the strong imprinting of Ducks and Geese to the adults tending them, hybrids are likely to result of nest parasitism (one species lays egg on another's nest) or brood amalgamation (a pair of one species 'fosters' a brood from a different species and they grow together. The individuals of the fostered brood become imprinted to the 'wrong' species and when adults pair with it producing hybrids. One of the parents of this hybrid -most likely a greylag- was likely to have got imprinted to Canada Geese and paired with one. See this article and this website for fascinating info and photos on hybrid geese.
Hybrid Canada-Greylag goose having a bathBirds of the Day
- Robins singing
- Goldcrest singing from the cypres
- Mallards mating
- Moorhen, pair cuddling
- Grey wagtail
- Common gulls, 20 indivs.
- Canada geese, 5 and a canada-greylag hybrid paired with one of them
- Great tit
- Herring gull, first winter juvenile