Barnacle Goose x Red-breasted Goose Branta leucopsis x Branta ruficollis

The following hybrid appears to be a cross between Red-breasted Goose and Barnacle Goose. A number of escaped Red-breasted Geese have been with the increasingly large feral population of Barnacle Geese in east Norfolk and Suffolk so that may well be its origin.

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presumed Barnacle Goose x Red-breasted Goose hybrid, Whitlingham CP (Norfolk, UK), 1st July 2011

 

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presumed Barnacle Goose x Red-breasted Goose hybrid, Buckenham (Norfolk, UK), 2nd January 2012 - I assume this is the same bird as the Whitlingham bird above - it has been seen at a number of sites in the area. The extent and prominence of reddish colouring in the cheek seems to vary between photos and also in the field at different angles - nevertheless it generally seemed stronger in January than it had the previous July.