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
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--- On Mon, 1/31/11, Larry Lade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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:

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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