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Some  subspecies of Canada Geese, such as Richardson's, are noticeably smaller. I've often noticed petite geese in skeins overhead.

Maeve Kim
Jericho Center


On Nov 23, 2012, at 7:12 AM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:

> Hi all
> 
> Thanks for the feedback on the -(non)-cackling geese. I wonder what they
> are, however, as they are clearly not what we see here as typical Canada
> Geese. They have much shorter necks, are somewhat smaller, and as a group
> they stayed together , for the most part. Would they be Lesser Canada Geese?
> 
> On the other hand,a  lot of my books describe Cackling Geese as having a
> great deal of variety within the species as well, and that they can be
> nearly indistinguishable from Lesser Canadas. - pretty confusing. 
> While the bills on these geese aren't really "stubby", the porportion to
> head length on an enlargement is shorter than the average Canada. 
> 
> Is there a Cackling/Canada hybrid?