The other day I was in town and had some time to myself after meeting a friend for lunch. I decided to visit Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane to see what ducks and geese I might find along the river that runs through the park by the infamous Looff Carousel. I paid $2 to park across the street from the park for an hour. As soon as I entered the park, I could see quite the group of ducks and geese. I was able to get within a few feet of them and started snapping photos. They didn't seem to mind at all.
There was a lone Common Goldeneye in the group. A handsome fellow indeed...
|A cigarette smoking Wigeon|
|An interesting Brown-headed Mallard|
I believe the goose in the back is a Greater White-fronted Goose. I also thought the front goose was a Greater White-fronted Goose. Then I read something that led me to believe the front goose was perhaps a hybrid Greylag Goose. I found that the White-fronted Geese and Greylag Geese look a lot alike, so I'm not really sure what these three are. If anyone has any input on this, please comment. The middle one, looks like the front one, but honestly, I can't find any pics that look just like this one, but I'd have to venture that it is the same as the front goose. All I know is that I'm really confused on goose identities! Notice the wattle on the front goose?
|Greater White-fronted Geese or Greylag Geese or hybrids?|
|Swan Goose or Chinese Goose with Canadian Geese|
This boy was so handsome. No questions about his identity!
|American Wigeon preening|
~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)