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|Cackling Goose with Canada Geese. Can you tell which one is the smaller Cackling Goose?|
|Cackling Goose with Canada Geese, Hunterdon County, NJ (27 Feb 2012)|
|Head size and shape comparison of Cackling (front) and Canada (behind) Geese.|
|Head size and shape comparison of Cackling (front) and Canada (behind) Geese. Not always as obvious as you would hope under even direct comparison!|
|Snow Bunting at Spruce Run Recreation Area near Clinton, NJ (13 Feb 2012). Digiscoped with Canon PwerShot SD780 IS Digital Elph and Bausch & Lomb Discoverer scope.|
GC6 was indeed a goose that we banded in Greenland, part of a project to mark Greenland White-fronted and Canada Geese in west Greenland in the summers of 2008 and 2009, and your observations are of great interest because as you will see, this individual was reported from Connecticut last winter, but to date we have had no reports of its whereabouts this winter, nor have we had any news from the breeding areas in subsequent years, so we are delighted with your resighting!
The goose was first captured and banded on a lake simply known as Lake C to the catching team (very few lakes in this area have Greenlandic names) which is at 67°06’26.6"N 50°28’38.4"N in an area known as Isunngua, immediately north of the airport at Kangerlussuaq in west Greenland. This has been a study area for our investigations on and off over many years. On that occasion, it was banded with a yellow collar, a yellow tarsus band bearing the same engraved comnbination and a metal Copenhagen Zoological Museum leg band. It was an adult male captured on 15 July 2007, part of a catch of 10 adults and 23 juveniles.Very cool! So keep your eyes out for geese with colored bands around their necks, and if you see one, try to see the letters or numbers on the band and report them to the banding lab! There's sure to be a cool story behind that bird!
|Can you see the bird now?|
|Here it is from the center of the shot above.|
|Keep on scanning, keep on scanning...there are Dovekie everywhere!|
|Dovekie partially eaten by a Great Black-backed Gull.|
|Note the Northern Fulmar at bottom left. Not everyday you get a picture of one through a camera phone :-)|
|Atlantic Puffin captured with an HTC Incredible Android phone and Zeiss 7x42 binocular.|