The three small, juvenile Canada Geese at the Rea Farm. Compare the 'full-sized' bird on the right. The birds are aged as juvenile by the less-contrasting plumage, without the obvious pale edges and tips on the back and flanks of the adult on the right.
Close-up of one of the three small Canada Geese.
A Cackling Goose photographed at Cape May Point State Park in September this year. When compared with the presumed parvipes bird above, note the Cackling Goose's shorter bill and rather 'stubby' look with relatively shorter neck and legs.
If you're in the Cape May area in the next few days, keep an eye out for American Woodcock at sundown. We saw two last night on a short drive to an end-of-season get together, and finished the night to the sound of Snow Geese passing south in the dark. Winter is here - and the Christmas Count is looming on the horizon!