Tag Archives: Cackling Goose

Fernhill Wetlands, 10/19/2011

Wintering waterfowl are returning to Fernhill Wetlands (Birding Oregon p. 61). Cackling Geese started arriving this week, and will soon be joined by a few thousand more. a former waterfowl Most shorebirds have moved on by now. This Lesser Yellowlegs … Continue reading

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Fernhill Wetlands 7/4/10

A quick walk around Fernhill Wetlands (Birding Oregon p. 61) produced two out-of-season species this morning. Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii minima) winter here in the hundreds, but an individual in July is quite unexpected. Note the stubby bill, short neck, … Continue reading

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Random Waterfowl

Here are some random shots of some of the many waterfowl species that winter in the Willamette Valley This Common Merganser was swimming with her face submerged, looking for fish. I have also seen loons hunt in this way. the … Continue reading

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Fernhill Wetlands 11/11/09

I took a brief walk around Fernhill Wetlands (Birding Oregon p. 61) while meeting with a reporter today. The weather was rather dreary, but, as always, there were some birds around. Eared Grebe is an unusual visitor to the main … Continue reading

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Autumn

Autumn officially started just over a week ago. Here are a few shots of the season. The Black-tailed Deer fawns have lost their spots, but are still smaller than the does. The first flocks of Cackling Geese have arrived, soon … Continue reading

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Crystal Springs in the Spring

I visited Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (Birding Oregon p. 69) on May 28. This site is best known as a good spot for wintering waterfowl. This late in the spring, most of the ducks and geese have moved on, leaving … Continue reading

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Ankeny NWR

I took my Portland Audubon waterfowl class to Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge (Birding Oregon p. 86). The weather was glorious and the birds were abundant. Many of the fields on the refuge hosted large flocks of geese, mostly the minima … Continue reading

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Taverner’s Cackling Goose vs. Lesser Canada Goose

As I continue my study of the white-cheeked goose complex, I often return to the problem of separating Taverner’s Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii taverneri) and Lesser Canada Goose (Branta canadensis parvipes). Some sources argue that we shouldn’t be attempting to … Continue reading

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Sauvie Island

I spent a gorgeous day at Sauvie Island, northwest of Portland. There are still good numbers of waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes, but the sparrows have started to thin out. Sandhill Cranes (and Mallards) Dusky Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes (and Mallards) … Continue reading

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Cackling and Canada Geese

My current birding project is studying the various races of Cackling and Canada Geese (Branta hutchinsii and Branta canadensis). Canada Goose was split into these two species in 2004. There are multiple races of each, so it is a good … Continue reading

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