cackling goose (Branta hutchinsii)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Medium-sized to small goose.
Bill small and triangular.
Long, black neck.
Light tan to brown breast feathers.
Juvenile similar to adult
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November Acc
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley