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Got these pics today.  I was mostly scoping and counting a large flock of geese (over 1200) and spotted several candidates for Cackling geese while doing so.  I then shot pics of the whole flock.  They were on a distant shore, so these pics are highly cropped.  I looked through about 2 dozen pics I had of them.  There were multiple geese that I would say are candidates for hybrids, but these seemed to stand out as probably Cackling.  Just seeing what folks here think.

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The 2 on the left in this photo

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The one in the center foreground here.

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I can see the leftmost birds in the first picture as Cackling but am not 100%. The middle bird in the front three in the second photo, on the other hand, is definitely Cackling. 

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11 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

The middle bird in the front three in the second photo, on the other hand, is definitely Cackling.

Its body seems just as long as the Canada's, though.  I bet there is a lot of distortion going on at that distance.

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Thanks to you both.  I know there is a spectrum, but these 3 stood out.  There were several others that seemed probable, but not definitive enough to call.  'Thanks.

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Without better photos, I'd call these small Canadas. Canada Geese vary tremendously in size; here in Colorado, a large Canada can be nearly double the size of a smaller one (most of this variation is based on subspecies). Also, the bill looks very long and I would expect a Cackling to be stubbier overall.

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5 minutes ago, Phalarope713 said:

Without better photos, I'd call these small Canadas. Canada Geese vary tremendously in size; here in Colorado, a large Canada can be nearly double the size of a smaller one (most of this variation is based on subspecies). Also, the bill looks very long and I would expect a Cackling to be stubbier overall.

Agreed with this.

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Without better photos, I'd call these small Canada's. Canada Geese vary tremendously in size; here in Colorado, a large Canada can be nearly double the size of a smaller one (most of this variation is based on subspecies). Also, the bill looks very long and I would expect a Cackling to be stubbier overall.

Agreed.

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