Life bird #318
November 13th, 2012
The fellow second from the front is my latest lifer, and a long time coming!
This small, stubby-billed Canada-Goose-lookalike is a Cackling
, a bird of the far north.
Photos of Cackling Geese are often framed to emphasize their tininess--placing
them in the backdrop, for instance, or placing them right next to a "Giant"
Canada Goose (the familiar large, long-necked subspecies that frequents our
local parks in summer, often with goslings in tow.) I'm as guilty of this as
anyone (see above!) But I feel it does novice birders a disservice. Cackling
Geese, at least in the east, are not that
small compared to smaller
races of the Canada Goose, with whom they are often seen. It's the stubby bill
that really gives them away, in my opinion. A somewhat fairer comparison shot
follows (Cackling Goose in front):