|Greater White-fronted was a really nice surprise!|
|Do you see the Cackling Goose in comparison to Canada Geese?|
|I think the middle goose is a Cackling Goose. Thanks to Ken Burrell for pointing them out to me.|
On the way home, I drove by Ojibway Park and found this Northern Shrike sitting on a telephone wire! This was reported earlier this week, so hopefully it stays around. The last time I saw one was Nov 2010! Read more about this awesome bird here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Shrike/id
|Northern Shrike - Lanius excubitor ... Literally means Butcher Watchman!|
Cackling Geese were only 'recognized' in 2004 ... Prior to that, they were thought of as a sub-species of Canada Geese. Genetic differences were big enough to warrant a new species! Pretty cool!
Oddly enough, at the time I posted this posting, David Sibley's blog had an entry on indentifying Cackling Geese. Check it out here: http://www.sibleyguides.com/2012/11/can-you-find-the-cackling-goose/ .
Alternative titles for this blog posting could have been:
"What's Good for the Goose is Good For My Life List"
"I'm Grinnin' Like a Snow Goose - Three Lifers at Ridgetown"
"Duck... Duck... Ross's Goose, White Fronted Goose, Cackling Goose"
The birding gods smiled upon me today.
311 - Ross's Goose,
312 - Great White-fronted Goose
313 - Cackling Geese