The Turner's Falls power canal was once again quite productive this afternoon. Three female-type Black Scoters caught my attention and then, after several scans, this Richardson's Cackling Goose. I almost certainly heard and saw the same individual bird coming into roost the previous evening but it was just too dark to be sure. Even so, it was another fine opportunity to study the features of Cackling Goose at close range amongst a moderate raft (c.600) of Canada Geese.
Richardson's Cackling Goose (B. h. hutchinsii) - Turner's Falls, Franklin Co. MA, November 19th, 2010. The Cackling Goose is at the extreme right of this crop, in the center of the group. Very small, near 'neckless' and seemingly a broader expanse of white on the cheek covering more surface area on the face (compared to these Canada Geese).