[CT Birds] ID help

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Thu Nov 2 14:16:26 EDT 2017


​What about some sort of Barnacle Goose?  The Barnacles  have black bills
and white butts and maybe a hybrid might fit in the other ID points​.



Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Alex Delehanty via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

>  Normally I wouldn’t do this but ...
> Today in Hartford at Riverside Park, in the ponds on the access road I
> observed a bird that I cannot identify.
>  It was in the pond with Canada Geese. It was a third of the size of a
> Canada Goose. This birds’ shape, I know this sounds ridiculous, looked like
> a pigeon with a long neck. The head neck and breast were uniformly brownish
> gray.  It had black eyes, no eye ring, the beak was black & not long or
> curved. It was barred on the back, brown, white, & buff. it had a white
> butt. This bird took off with the geese and headed down to the Connecticut
> River.
>  It did not have a grebe or duck head, but whatever it was I haven’t a
> clue. Any ideas what it might be would be gratefully appreciated because
> it’s driving me crazy.
> Alex Delehanty
> Storrs
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