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Geese seen December 29th, 2006

Two Days before, the star of the show was the Tropical Kingbird. Then I did the Ocean City Count on Thursday. Then I birded my way home on Friday December 29th and stopped at Blackwater NWR. At the refuge, I was looking for a Cackling Goose and found a Greater White-Fronted Goose instead.

Tropical Kingbird Tropical Kingbird Greater White Fronted Goose Greater White Fronted Goose

Greater White Fronted Goose Greater White Fronted Goose Greater White Fronted Goose Greater White Fronted Goose

Greater White Fronted Goose Greater White Fronted Goose Greater White Fronted Goose Greater White Fronted Goose

The White Pelicans were present at the Refuge. As many as 32 had been previously reported but I only found 20 birds. I thought the opportunity to photograph the Great Blue Heron was hard to pass up. Then I discovered the Cackling Goose. A fine specimen with a very short stubby bill.

American White Pelicans Great Blue Heron Cackling Goose Cackling Goose

American White Pelicans Great Blue Heron Cackling Goose Cackling Goose

Later I went to Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary in Southern Prince George's County to see the Ross' Goose. I also found a Cackling Goose here but didn't photograph it.

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