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#1 ChiTanion

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 12:54 AM

On 10/10/12 at 7:45am, I found a small Canada Goose in a pond in north eastern ohio. It was with a bunch or “regular “canadas (branta canadensis maxima). My friend was able to get a few pictures of it, although the quality is not the best as it was early and about to rain. I was hoping someone would be able to offer some insight on the bird.
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:48 AM

Are you sure it's not a Cackling Goose? (different species than Canada) I've never seen one personally, but the stocky head and bill and short neck support Cackling.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:50 AM

That does look good for Cackling, which would most likely be richardson's, given the location.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:01 AM

Agree with Cackling Goose

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:03 AM

Also this bird is obviously much smaller than the Canada's beside it

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#6 ChiTanion

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:03 AM

Are you sure it's not a Cackling Goose? (different species than Canada) I've never seen one personally, but the stocky head and bill and short neck support Cackling.

thats what i was hoping for but i didnt want to jump the gun!

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:24 AM

Unfortunately size is not a good way to differentiate between Canada and Cackling. The lesser subspecies of Canada is nearly the same size as the larger Cacklings. Also, the bill on the lesser Canada also appears rather short and stubby.

Here is a nice article explaining the difficulty separating the two: http://azfo.org/gall...eekedGeese.html

I would agree that yours is a Cackling because of the relatively steep forehead.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:30 AM

You can sure tell when they're calling, though! (Unless the smaller Canada subsp sounds that different from the larger ones.)
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