Hi all, Mike Rath and I discovered a number of Cackling Geese yesterday during the Smithtown CBC. With birds moving around during the day we figured there to be at least 4 individuals, three of which were well photographed.
The most interesting one displayed a nice white neck collar and with a really small bill which could possibly be a minima subspecies. This individual was first detected on Lake Ronkonkoma in the morning and again later in the day feeding at Sachem High School North fields (assuming it is the same individual). Two other individuals were well documented at Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset. One being a very "frosty" individual. https://flic.kr/p/EPRM2N https://flic.kr/p/21SQRyy I apologize for the late posting, hopefully the birds are still around. I would be interested in subspecies discussion. -Dave -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --