Richardson's Cackling Goose (left). Turner's Falls, Franklin County, MA. November 5th, 2009. Classic individual with small stubby bill, steep forehead and 'boxy' head shape. Overall quite frosty-looking with nice broad pale fringes to the upperparts. This bird shows a warm-buff tone to the cheek, similar to other birds that I've seen in the CT River Valley. Also present, 700 Canada Geese, 6 Common and 2 Hooded Mergansers.
Another Cackling Goose, this time at Turner's Falls power canal and possibly the same reported there by Brian Kane at about 9am on Sunday morning. It's shaping up into another good fall for this species, this being my fifth in the Pioneer Valley alone with others being reported elsewhere in Massachusetts.