Anser caerulescens x Branta hutchinsii
Status: Rare casual winter visitor west and west-central.
Records: There are 15 records, 20 Nov-26 Mar, most in the Panhandle but east to Keith and Lincoln Cos (eBird.org, accessed May 2021). Most were associated with Cackling Geese. Best count was four, in Scotts Bluff Co 3o Nov 2020.
Comments: There is discussion and several photographs of this hybrid at Bird Hybrids: Snow Goose x Cackling Goose. This is a naturally-occurring hybrid that can be extremely difficult to tell apart from Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrids, or indeed Ross’s Goose x Canada/Cackling Goose hybrids (Bird Hybrids: Snow Goose x Cackling Goose).
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2021. Snow x Cackling Goose (hybrid) (Anser caerulescens x Branta hutchinsii). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org
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last updated 1 Sep 2021