A loop around the lake at Hendrickson Park revealed two different Cackling Geese among the wintering flocks of Canadas. One is a recognizable, returning individual, back for (at least) its fourth consecutive winter alongside a small Canada Goose that it is always closely associated with. Perhaps they are a mated pair contributing hybrids to the wild mix of variation in this species complex. Notes on the specific field marks for both Cacklers are included with my eBird checklist, for anyone who wants a more detailed search image to follow up.
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