Cackling Goose at Speedwell Lake, Morristown
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A Cackling Goose remains faithful to Speedwell Lake in Morristown. It was present this morning and yesterday morning between 8-8:30. One was seen Sunday, December 21 on the Boonton Christmas Bird Count at nearby Fosterfields which could be the same individual.
Whereas sightings of Cackling Geese in Somerset County have become relatively commonplace, especially with all the thousands of geese wintering in that county, the same is not true in Morris County. There are approximately only six single reports in 2014, three of them from the past week and probably of the same individual as the Speedwell Lake goose.
Cackling Goose is a tricky species to identify. A good read is David Sibley’s recent article about Cackling-ish Geese. The link for the article is here.
Other Cackling Goose identification links follow:
- David Sibley: Distinguishing Cackling and Canada Goose
- Distribution and Identification of Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) Subspecies
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