[Tweeters] Canada Goose and Cackling Goose photos

Denny Granstrand dgranstrand at charter.net
Wed Dec 15 20:43:21 PST 2004

Hi Tweeters,

I have a folder on my website with photos of four subspecies of Canada 
Goose and three subspecies of Cackling Goose, with comments about field 
marks.  I have rushed this pretty fast, hoping this will be an aid for 
people struggling with the identifications of some of these subspecies, 
before the Christmas Bird Count season starts.  In other words, there may 
be a mistake or two and corrections to be made.  If you notice anything 
mistakes, please let me know so that I can correct them.

I spent several hours today visiting a private aviary north of Selah with a 
guy who collects exotic waterfowl.  He has an incredible number of ducks 
and geese, including Barnacle, Emperor, Greater and Lesser White-fronted, 
Red-breasted, four subspecies of Canada and three of Cackling, Trumpeter 
and Whooper Swans and more ducks than I can list.  It made photographing 
geese much easier than chasing them around a field all day.

I found a flock of Western Canada Geese in an alfalfa field on the west 
side of Yakima two weeks ago that had one Giant Canada Goose (B. c. maxima) 
and one Cackling Cackling Goose (B. h. minima).  There have been quite a 
few Cackling Cackling Geese in the Yakima Valley this winter.  While I was 
photographing Dusky Canada Geese today, six Cackling Cackling Geese flew 
into his largest pond.  He said he had 16 there last week.

I hope you enjoy the photos.  Once again, if you see any mistakes, please 
let me know.

Denny Granstrand

                  * Denny Granstrand *
                      * Yakima, WA *
             * dgranstrand at charter.net *
* Denny's bird photos can be seen online at: *

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