[CT Birds] ID help -- Snow Goose or other?

Jack Swatt jswattbirds at snet.net
Thu May 30 15:48:17 EDT 2013

How about leucistic Brant?  They have a lot of Brant characteristics with some white instead of black feathers.
Jack Swatt
Wolcott, CT

 From: Elizabeth Medina-Gray <emedinagray at gmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org 
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2013 2:33 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] ID help -- Snow Goose or other?

I saw two unusual geese this morning among a group of about 40 Brant at
Silver Sands State Park, and I'm uncertain about ID. Pictures here
(unfortunately not super high quality because I couldn't get very close):

These don't look like any Snow Geese I've seen before (the dark beaks and
uneven gray splotches are especially throwing me off), but is that what
they are? (Blue morphs, or juveniles?) Or is a hybrid Snow Goose x Brant a
possibility? Or something else? The geese were on the shore at the eastern
end of the park at around 10:00 AM.

Elizabeth Medina-Gray
Seymour, CT
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