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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.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/146543736@N07/32956368078/in/datetaken-public/

Here are some other photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/146543736@N07/46779745492/in/datetaken-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/146543736@N07/46779741012/in/datetaken-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/146543736@N07/32956364088/in/datetaken-public/

Thank you for any help that you have to offer!

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Looks like a small Canada to me. It's not that much smaller, and the bill looks too long and pointed for Cackling. 

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I'd love to see some other opinions on this because I'm not sure I agree. The bird looks significantly smaller to me, and the bill is most definitely shorter than the other birds in the picture. I'd call it a cackling, but I'm not an expert on these things. 🙂

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Looks to me like it could be the same birds. I'm seeing a significantly shorter/smaller bill. And I would call it a cackling goose personally. I hope someone will confirm but that's where I stand. 🙂
Good job getting out and getting better photos.

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Also not an expert on geese, but with the more triangular bill, smaller size, and shorter neck in the silhouette photos, I think you have a contender.

Scott

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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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The first set of silhouetted pics are probably Cackling, but  I would not call it 100% from just those photos. However, the next pic shows a Cackling with the 2 Canadas.

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