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Odd Ross

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  1. Pastor

    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    Im sure its just an old hen mallard but all basic indicators say a ross goose. Size, blue on the side of the bill, color but yet it seems odd. No barnacles or bill warts, neck seems really long. The bill meets the head in a straight line like a ross but seems more elongated than it should be. Maybe it's just a skinny juvy but it's almost like a snow and Ross cross. Seems shaped more like a duck. At any rate it's my first kill of 2020. 20200103_104017.jpg 20200103_152150.jpg 20200103_172738.jpg
     
  2. Pastor

    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    Any thoughts?
     
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    816 New Member

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    Was it alone or with other geese? Pretty interesting bird.
     
  4. Neck Collar

    Neck Collar Senior Refuge Member

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    I would say that it is a juvenile Ross in poor health...
     
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    KEN Moderator Moderator

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    Juvy Ross.
     
  6. Pastor

    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    It was by itself
     
  7. Pastor

    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    I wondered this also. The meat was fine though.
     
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    NW BIRDHUNTER Senior Refuge Member

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    I'm not a biologist, but If I had to bet my life on it I would guess it's a small snow. The bill looks too big to be a Ross. Just a guess without being able to hold the bird.
     
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  9. Pastor

    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    If the bird had been the size of a snow I wouldn't have thought anything about it but other than a bit larger wingspan it was smaller than some mallards. I agree that it looks more like a snow. A runt maybe??
     
  10. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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