Wednesday, March 16, 2011

White-fronted, Cackling, and Canada Geese

On 15 March 2011, Gene B. and I found Canada, Cackling, and White-fronted Geese in a flooded, icy field near Northfield, Minnesota. This photo shows all three species.  The Cackling Goose is the stubby-billed, small goose near the left of the photo.  Even from a distance, White-fronted Geese, often called Speckle-bellies, can be identified by their orange legs and by the white stripes that run up their sides. I previously posted about Cackling Goose identification in this blog on 12 November 2010.

Although Gene and I saw all three in the same flock, this photo was taken several years ago in Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Aberdeen, South Dakota.  The birds we saw near Northfield were in bad light and quite a bit more distant. Nevertheless, a welcome sign of spring!

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