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It sometimes really upsets me how much Canada geese can very in size... I mean, it's pretty drastic sometimes... so when you have a big flock with all sorts of obvious size differences, it's just frustrating...
And don't get me started on how even the bill can be a bit variable.
Sometimes it's obvious and other times, I just don't know.

Was looking at at least 62 geese the other day and the sizes were frustrating. I thought maybe there'd be a cackling in there so I just tried to photograph as many as I could.
Looking at the pictures... well these three pictures, two are definitely of the same bird, they were sequential in the photos... the other might still be the same bird, or a separate one. Hard to say.
This bird was smallish, smaller just a bit than some of the smaller canada geese... but the bill also looks smaller to me in comparison with the other birds...
But I'm not sure I feel certain enough because the size differences weren't extreme... Those small canadas just have to make things complicated...

The bird on the left here... I feel like it's profile is also a bit lower to the water...
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Same bird on left, just a different photo
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Bird on the right this time, the bill I'm just not sure of... seems small... but hard for me to judge here...
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6 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

The last picture is of two CAGO.

Careful, the banding code for Canada Goose is actually CANG. 
 

I agree, the first two photos is a Cackling Goose(the bird in question) 

 

The last photo is two Canada Geese(CANG)

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3 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Careful, the banding code for Canada Goose is actually CANG. 
 

I agree, the first two photos is a Cackling Goose(the bird in question) 

 

The last photo is two Canada Geese(CANG)

I was going to say that... Gotta love the birds that are similar...
Saw a couple people photographing birds yesterday and they kept saying GBH... I didn't have the heart to "correct" them with GBHE...
You should see my notebooks when I first started and all the codes I made up.  ha...
And thanks all...

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