The Cackling Goose in Britain

The Cackling Goose in Britain

Abstract

This paper charts the emerging history of vagrancy to Britain by the Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii. It discusses the species’ complex taxonomic history, summarises its currently understood identification criteria, documents the first acceptable British record and sets out BBRC’s approach to assessment for this species. To read this article and each current issue in full, you can subscribe to BB here ‘Richardson’s Cackling Goose’ Branta h. hutchinsii with Canada Goose B. canadensis, Long Island, New York, USA, 8th January 2005. Note the truly small size of the Cackling Goose compared with its companion. Lloyd Spitalnik

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