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  • Bob Keiffer
    1 December 2007 - The Sanel Valley group of Canada Geese have been using the Crowfoot Ranch pasture which is along Highway 101 between Hopland and Ukiah
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      1 December 2007 - The "Sanel Valley" group of Canada Geese have been using the Crowfoot Ranch pasture which is along Highway 101 between Hopland and Ukiah ....just north of Jepson Winery...on the east side of the highway. I stopped to check them out and found three Greater White-fonted Geese and 6 Aleutian-race Cackling Geese mixed in with about 75 Canada Geese (Great Basin race). There is one Canada Goose with an extra large white check patch which is common when they interbreed with domestic geese ....but more interesting is a very light-breasted Canada goose that is just slightly smaller than the Great Basin Canadas (Branta canadensis moffitti). This bird may be an Interior Canada Goose (Branta canadensis interior) but needs to be checked out further. Good Birding! Bob Keiffer

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