English and Scientific names:

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Number of individuals: 

1 don’t know age or sex


East Baton Rouge

Specific Locality:

Richfield Riversilt

Date(s) when observed:

January 31, 2010

Time(s) of day when observed:  

2:42 pm

Reporting observer and address:

Rosemary Seidler

Shreveport, LA 71104

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Eric Liffmann , Joelle Finley, Jennifer Alexander, Kevin Colley and some people I don’t know.

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

overcast but good light

Optical equipment: 

Swaroski 10 X bins and Swaroski spotting scope.   Photo taken through the scope with a cell phone.

Distance to bird(s): 

about the length of a football field

Duration of observation:

30 min


on a sandbar in the Mississippi River

Behavior of bird: 

Jennifer saw “some ducks” fly in.  We headed in the general direction and saw 2 “Canada” geese.  When we looked at them through the scope it was very obvious that one was larger than the other.  We watched them for almost 30 min.  They were standing still the entire time but stretched their necks then tucked them several times.


These were obviously Canada type geese – white chinstrap with black head and neck and whitish breast.  It is not seen in my photo but when they stretched their necks one had a longer, thicker neck than the other and was about 50% larger than the smaller goose.  The larger goose had a larger/longer bill than the bill on the smaller goose.  We were actually more excited to see and ID the Cackling Goose since we see Canada Geese frequently in city parks.  Once we realized that we had both a Cackling and a Canada Goose we checked for leg bands and saw none. 


Cackling Goose.  They were side by side.  One was clearly larger than the other.

Similar species:


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

photo by Seidler, attached

Previous experience with this species: 

seen frequently at a local duck pond.

Identification aids:

Sibley, National Geo.   Also looked up differences between Canada and Cackling Geese on the Internet.

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Date and time: 

02/21/2010    4:00 pm