This afternoon I was able to locate a Cackling Goose in Clay Pit Pond in Belmont, which is located along Concord Avenue in front of Belmont High School. The bird was sometimes on its own and at other times associating with Canada Geese. I was first able to pick the bird out from a distance by its small size relative to the other geese present. The ebird report will include a couple poor iphone photos, which give a sense of the relative size. I think this is the Richardson's subspecies based on photos I review on the web but I'm interested to hear others opinions.
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Clay Pit Pond, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US Nov 25, 2017 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Protocol: Traveling 0.25 mile(s) 4 species
Cackling Goose 1 Picked out from other nearby geese based on size. Neck half as long as nearby Canadas and from the rear overall body mass about one third less. Bill noticeably smaller and forehead more sharply angled. Feathers on mantle lacked scalloping seen on Canadas. Overall the mantle was a more even brown color down to waterline. In good light could see a couple white feathers at base of neck but no white ring noted. After reviewing pictures on the web suspect this is a Richardson's Cackling Goose. Canada Goose 75 Hooded Merganser 3 Double-crested Cormorant 15