We'll start with an interesting white-cheeked goose at Short Beach in Stratford. A Cackling Goose had been seen there the day before, which I had in the back of my mind while going through the flock. I did see one small goose, but I do not know what to call it...Cackling Goose versus "Lesser" Canada Goose (ssp. parvipes) versus possible hybrid...
|unidentified white-cheeked goose|
If a Cackling Goose, this is not your standard hutchinsii (AKA Richardson's) form. That form classically looks stubby-billed, very square-headed, and often has a grayish sheen to the upperparts with contrasty feather edges, like this:
|"Richardson's" Cackling Goose (with Canada Goose) in CT a few years ago|
This bird in question doesn't really fit that mold. I'm not sure what to call it at the moment. It's possible that the bird doesn't fit neatly into one particular form and may have to go unidentified. From what I've read and heard, we have a lot to learn about the white-cheeked geese and their taxonomy/variation/interbreeding. Comments welcome.
Now to birds I can identify.
Two SNOW GEESE, adult and immature white morph, were among the Canada Geese at Seaside Park in Bridgeport today.
|Snow Geese, adult and juvenile (with Canada Geese)|
|adult "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull|
And yesterday I took a quick 15 minute stop by, yes, Seaside Park as I was passing through the area. No repeat of the previous day's Franklin's Gull, but there was a nice juv LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL in the flock.
|juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull|