Canada (not Canadian!) Goose flocks, because they’re so vast, often have a few oddballs in the bunch. This one had a white face, which didn’t seem to bother its companion.
Notice the big booty on this one. There’s likely some domestic goose in its ancestry.
Trying to figure out all 11 subspecies is enough to give anyone fits. Go on, just try to read through that without crying. Not too long ago, the four smallest varieties were broken off as a separate species, the Cackling Goose. So of course, we’re all looking for tiny Canada-types so we can add a new lifer!
A reliable source spotted a Cackling Goose on Collins Lake yesterday, so this morning in the teeth of a howling wind I scanned the water, searching for that elusive little guy. I thought I had it…
… but nope. Just a small Canada.
If the gale dies down I’ll stop back tomorrow and peer through 700 geese to find that special one. If only they were all as obvious as in that top picture!