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I took these poorly digiscoped photos near sunset on Jan. 21 at Lake Monticello near Palmyra, VA.

I'm trying to determine if the goose in the middle is a cackling goose.


Here are some other photos:




Thank you for any help that you have to offer!

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5 hours ago, kkozella said:

I was able to take some photos this morning of what I think is the same goose.1492118453_IMG_22142.thumb.jpg.4606aa43c54f6077733443e78589b271.jpg

I'd be okay with calling this a Cackling, although a profile view might help nail it down for sure. Not the most classic Richardson's Cackling, but it looks okay from this photo. I'm still not convinced about the original bird- it has a very Canada-like shape/structure.

Generally speaking, it's important to keep in mind that the two do hybridize- Cackling Goose ID is often not straightforward.

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