It was in a cemetery. Hanging out with Canada Geese....
(Now is the time of year to actually study flocks of Canada's...you might get a nice surprise, like a Cackling Goose or Snow Goose)
I parked in the cemetery and took lots of pictures.
The new car hasn't been filled with all of my field guides yet, so I had to wait until I got home to check on this bird.
I was hoping it was a Greater White-Fronted Goose.
Sibley says it is a Canada Goose X Greater White-Fronted Goose hybrid.
I don't remember the page number...look up "Greater White-Fronted Goose". There are some hybrid illustrations.
Still a cute bird. A nice blend of the two species...a white chin strap, but pink/orange feet. Basically the same body structure, but a really thick neck.
Is this a big deal? Or are they very common? Is this worth noting to anyone?
At home, the first Northern migrant showed up today:
(I had sworn off sparrow ID's, but now that I know juvenile chipping sparrows, I can be sure of a few things)
A young white-crowned sparrow was kick-scratching in the mulch, and I looked at it long and hard before deciding what it was:
Why is it a white-crowned? Pink/orange bill, dark eyeline, pale cheeks, no central breast spot, brown stripes on the head, white wing bars, and the same size as a House Sparrow (thanks again to Sibley). I don't know if I have ever seen a first year WCSP. Maybe I just blurred over them, thinking they were HOSP.