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Possibly Cackling Goose?

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Hi, I was going through some old photos and was wondering if this maybe was a Cackling Goose behind the Ring-necked Duck?

I saw this on Feb 28, 2018 on Long Island, NY. Thanks so much!

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No, that's a Canada Goose. Bill is too large/long for Cackling, and is just fine for a small migrant Canada. Also note how this bird looks "long". Cackling Geese are really compact overall. 

On a real Cackling, the bill will be REALLY stuby. It's of those "you know it when you see it" kind of birds. 

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 Richardson's Cackling Goose, B.h hutchinsii (the subspecies that usually occurs on the East) sometimes, but not always, has a frosty look to the back. 

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