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Canada goose (or possibly cackling goose)

Branta candensis

Notes:

This was at the koi pond at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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1Sarah2
1Sarah2 9 years ago
Cackling Goose
Branta hutchinsii Cackling Goose - Whatbird.com


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4 Comments

1Sarah2
1Sarah2 9 years ago

The bills are also a little different. It can be hard to use the unless you have the right angle and lighting. The scientific name for the Canada Goose is Branta canadensis. I would appreciate having that added. Also, here is a link entry.
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/85/_/Ca...

emmy.wade
emmy.wade 9 years ago

@ 1Sarah2: I can't decide if you're right or not. One of the key differences appears to be neck length, but I can't tell because it's got its neck all curled up. I wish I could see the tail markings, that would be another way. According to the range chart, cackling geese don't come to Alabama, but then again, those things are never 100% accurate. Cackling geese are a subspecies of canada anyway, so we're probably both at least half right. :)

emmy.wade
emmy.wade 9 years ago

Well, Canadas are known to be migratory, we see them all the time down here. Some of them have even made permanent homes. :)

Bad Wolf
Bad Wolf 9 years ago

wow that is a long way from home lol and it's definitively a Canada goose, its big

emmy.wade
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Mountain Brook, Alabama, USA

Spotted on Apr 3, 2011
Submitted on Oct 19, 2011

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