Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-

Common name:

Cackling Goose

Scientific name: Branta hutchinsii
Date: 02/18/2004
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Length of time observed: 15 to 20 minutes
Number: 1
Location: Sand Hollow Reservoir
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 15 to 25 yards
Optical equipment: Pentax 10x42 Binoculars, Pentax 8x42 Binoculars, Bausch & Lomb Scope
Weather: Sunny with a few clouds
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird:  
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Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
This was a small goose, slightly larger than a Mallard, but obviously smaller than the Canada Geese it was with.
The coloring on the head and neck was black, and the bird had a white chin.
It had a small head and short neck. The bill size was small-- proportionate to the small head.
The bird's breast was medium brown from the neck to the water line without white or a pale area directly beneath the black neck.
The body and wings were the same color as the breast. The wings had black tips.
The rump and undertail where white with black on the tip of the tail visible under the folded wings.
Both the lower belly and legs were hidden below the water line.
Song or call & method of delivery: Not heard
Behavior: Swimming in water near the shoreline of the reservoir with several Canada Geese and nearby to 5 or 6 Mallards.
Habitat: Reservoir shallows close to shoreline.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Canada Geese nearby were much larger in overall size.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Many, many Canada Geese observed, but never a Cackling Goose.
References consulted: Sibley, National Geographic
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Kathy and Joel Beyer
Observer's address: 1719 Hillcrest Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 06/11/2005
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