[CT Birds] Cackling Goose(?) at A.W. Stanley
ctgregh at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 9 17:19:51 EST 2015
Obviously no other geese for size comparison, but this does not appear to be a Cackling Goose to me. The bill especially seems to fit Canada Goose, Because of the angle, head shape is harder to gauge but that also looks more like a Canada to me as well.
Nick Bonomo's recent post with a link to his "shorebirder" blog contains a lot of good information on puzzling small geese seen recently in CT.
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015 10:39 PM, Kevin Finnan via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
Don, this reminds me of an individual, which I should have documented, but it bred for three years at nearby Woodridge Lake. It was about 2/3 the size of the local Canadas but everything, bill, etc., was proportionally smaller and there no other characteristics that would indicate a Cackler. Like you mention, the bill was not stubby. It would be interesting to see a front view but this is likely one if those mysterious, small individuals that others, including Nick Bonomo, Greg Hanisek and David Sibley have written about.
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> On Dec 8, 2015, at 9:02 PM, Don Crockett via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> Here are a couple photos of the small goose from A.W. Stanley Park, New
> Britain from this morning:
> I would say this goose was around 1.5 times as big as the Mallards I saw it
> swimming with yesterday. I'm guessing a length of around 32 inches.
> What do people think?
> On Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 8:12 AM, Don Crockett <doncrockett63 at gmail.com>
>> I was able to relocate what I now think is a small Canada Goose at A.W.
>> this morning. I didn't have binoculars yesterday so I couldn't see head
>> detail. This morning I had binoculars and a camera but didn't need them so
>> much because when I found the goose it had gotten caught close to shore in
>> some monofilament. In freeing the bird I got some close looks and the head
>> looked didn't look particularly square or round and the bill didn't look
>> particularly stubby in proportion to the head. I got a couple photos as it
>> was swimming away that I'll post tonight. As I walked around the edge of
>> the pond the goose disappeared. Not sure if it flew to the other end of the
>> pond or away from the pond.
>>> On Monday, December 7, 2015, Don Crockett <doncrockett63 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I saw a Canada-type goose only slightly larger than the mallards it was
>>> swimming with at the lower pond at AW Stanley Park in New Britain at 8am
>>> this morning.
>>> Don Crockett
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>> Don Crockett
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