There were certainly more than 50 Geese on the Parade Ground Fields and I estimated the number to be about 2300. Maybe they all just showed up after the reports of paltry numbers?? (I doubt that). With a sizable flock to study, I was hoping that I would find something odd like perhaps a Cackling Goose.
|Cackling Goose Center. Note the smaller size with small bill.|
The Cackling Goose is made up of 4 subspecies that mainly breeds in the tundra. B. h. hutchinsii – Richardson’s (or Hutchins’s), B. h. taverneri – Taverner’s (Alaska) Cackling Goose, B. h. minima – Cackling Cackling Goose and B. h. leucopareia – Aleutian Cackling Goose – includes asiatica which is considered extinct.
|Cackling Goose (Right) Cropped to give viewers a closer look at size in structure.|
|Cackling Goose (left) smaller than the larger Canada Goose.|
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