Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose

The cackling goose (Branta hutchinsii) is basically just a miniature look-alike of the familiar Canada goose. In fact, the two birds were considered varieties of the same species until 2004. The cackling goose is about the size of a large mallard, but otherwise it is nearly identical to its larger cousin. Best Field Marks Diminutive … Continue reading Cackling Goose

Brant

Brant

The Brant (Branta bernicula) is a small goose, only slightly larger than the Ross's Goose.  Birdwatchers are not likely to confuse the two, however, because one of the most notable characteristics of the Brant is its overall dark color.  Its head, neck, and breast are black, while its back is dark brown.  The underparts are … Continue reading Brant

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

The Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) comes in two morphs or color varieties.  The white morph is snowy white with black wingtips.  The adult blue morph has a white head, neck, underparts, and tail coverts, but is otherwise mostly gray-brown.  The immature blue morph is similar, but with a brownish head.  A few Snow Geese are … Continue reading Snow Goose