Date: 11/15/19 1:24 pm From: Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...> Subject: [Tweeters] Cackling Goose Turned Mallard in Bothell
I've been keeping tabs on a single Cackling Goose that I've spotted for at least the last two weeks mingling with a large group of Mallards at the Canyon Park Wetlands hotspot north of Bothell. Here's a link to the hotspot:
I first saw what I can only guess was this same bird Oct. 25 as it flew over in the morning, calling. At the risk of anthropomorphizing, it appeared to be looking around as it flew, as if it was searching for its flock.
Days later I saw it again, this time with the usual group of Mallards seen foraging on the west side of the wetland. I've since returned seven times and found the Cackler in this same spot on six of these visits.
Each time since I've been able to get quite close to it, as if it's taken on the general nonchalance toward humans of its Mallard cousins. It appears to walk and forage just fine, though I've yet to see it take off from ground or water.
If anyone wants some good close ups of a Cackling Goose that may very well think it's a Mallard, I'd make a visit to the Canyon Park Wetlands. I've used it as an opportunity to study its features in detail. I'll never mistake a small Canada Goose for a true Cackler again!
Keep watching the skies (and wetlands)!
Jeremy Lake Forest Park jschwartz1124 AT gmail DOT com