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I think this photo is a good example of size, bill and forehead that Edge
mentions.
http://www.photosbyat.com/photos/411426534_NmKt6-XL.jpg
Shot at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary 2008-01-18.

Al Smith
Bridgeton, St. Louis County
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On Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:12:23 -0600, Edge <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>One of the problems with Cackling Goose is that, like Canada Goose,
>there are several subspecies.  The really small one is limited to the
>west coast (it is the one that really cackles, too--it is the
>"nominate" race for this species).
>
>If Giant Canada, Interior Canada, and the subspecies of Cackling
>we're most likely to see (Richardson's) are together, the 3 sizes are
>easily seen. But if all three aren't together, the difference between
>Interior Canada and Giant Canada can seem pretty big.
>
>In addition to the size and to the stubbiness of the bill (I liken
>the short, stubby bill of the Cackling Goose to a "pug nose"), a good
>field mark for Cackling Goose is the steep/vertical forehead.  Any
>slant to the forehead is a good indicator of Interior Canada.
>
>Edge Wade
>Columbia, MO
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>
>On Jan 31, 2011, at 8:31 AM, Jim Zellmer wrote:
>
>> I agree with Larry Lade on your picture of the goose that it is an
>> form of the Lesser interior species. The way I have viewed the
>> Cackling Goose is to put in perspective with other water fowl. The
>> Cackling Goose, Ross's Goose, and the Mallard are all about the
>> same size. The Cackling Goose does have a very short stubby bill
>> that I think looks a little disproportional.
>>
>> Jim Zellmer
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>> Blue Springs, MO
>> Jackson County
>> 816-228-3955
>>
>>
>> --- On Mon, 1/31/11, Larry Lade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> From: Larry Lade <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: cackling goose? Lake Remembrance
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Date: Monday, January 31, 2011, 8:10 AM
>>
>> I think the goose may be one of those races referred to as the
>> "interior" type (smaller than the regular canadas but larger than
>> the cackling.
>>
>> Larry Lade
>> Saint Joseph, MO
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>> --- On Sun, 1/30/11, Jeffrey Marion Dannaldson
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> From: Jeffrey Marion Dannaldson <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: cackling goose? Lake Remembrance
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Date: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 10:21 PM
>>
>> Folks have been reporting Cackling Geese at Lake Remembrance.  So I
>> hit the books and the web to try to figure out how to differentiate
>> them.  At the end of this blog post, I've tentatively identified a
>> Cackling Goose.  What do you all think?
>>
>> http://ornithofiles.blogspot.com/2011/01/more-pictures-from-this-
>> weekend.html
>>
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