cackling goose (Branta hutchinsii)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION

  • Medium-sized to small goose.

  • Black head.

  • Bill small and triangular.

  • Long, black neck.

  • White chinstrap.

  • Light tan to brown breast feathers.

  • Brownish back.

  • White undertail

Immature:

  • Juvenile similar to adult

Similar Species:

  • Canada goose nearly identical, but larger, and with proportionately           larger bill.

  • The blue form of the snow goose has an all-white head.

  • Brant has a dark chest and white limited to the neck, not the cheek.

  • The rare barnacle goose has an entirely white face, a black breast, and              a gray and black barred back.

  • Canada goose X domestic goose hybrids have a wide variety of differ-          ent markings, including extended white on head, red on bill,and red            legs.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status:
Breeding Habitat: Breeds in coastal marshes, along tundra ponds and
streams, and steep turf slopes above rocky shores.
Nest Location: Usually placed on slightly elevated sites near water. Some
cliff nesting.
Nest Type: Nest a large open cup made of dry grasses, lichens, and mosses,
lined with down and some body feathers.
Clutch Size: 2–8 eggs
Length of Incubation:
Days to Fledge:
Number of Broods:
Diet: Entirely herbivorous; eats variety of plant species and parts, especially  

   grasses, sedges, grain, and berries. Grazes on grass. Tips up to reach aquatic

   vegetation. Feeds in flocks in fields.

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
     U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
            numbers.
     O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
            sometimes low numbers.
     R - Rare:
May not be recorded every year.
     Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
      Su - Summer: June, July, August
      Fall: September, October, November
Acc

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

Back to Inventory of Bird Families and Species

Home Page

Park Activities

   Calendar of Events
  
Volunteer Programs

   Park Regulations

Sky Meadows Park
  
Location
   Geography
   Habitats
   Trails
   Visiting Park

   Virtual Tours

Crooked Run Valley

   Historic District

   Architecture Sites

   Mt. Bleak

   Historical Events

   Park History

   Agriculture

Special Projects

   Blue Bird

   Biodiversity Survey

   BioBlitz 

 

Home Page

Nature Guide

   Purpose

   Databases

   Copyright

Plants

   Trees

   Shrubs

   Vines

   Forbs/Herbs

   Ferns

   Grasses

Animals

   Mammals

   Birds

   Reptiles

   Amphibians

   Fish

   Butterflies

   Bees

Fungi

   Mushrooms

   Lichens