I have started thinking about getting the next installment of my west trip from the summer together but I thought I would write a quick post about a fun bird I had the other day. I am one of the volunteers who counts migrating hawks, vultures, and raptors in general at the Boothe Memorial Park Hawkwatch in Stratford (CT). While I was at the count this past Sunday we had a group of Canada Geese go overhead. While counting the individual birds one stuck out as being significantly smaller. There's a lot of talk about how to identify Cackling vs. smaller subspecies of Canada Goose but this bird, all by itself in size, must be a Cackling Goose. If you want to read more about the different subspecies and idenitifcation tips for Canada and Cackling Goose, check out David Sibley's blog post: http://www.sibleyguides.com/2007/07/identification-of-cackling-and-canada-goose/
When I think back on memories from childhood, there is a strong theme of being outdoors, collecting insects for pets, and picking every leaf I could find. Although my interests expanded, in college I somehow came back to my roots and chose biology as a major. My love of natural history grew in conjunction with my knowledge, leading to career path of the same. After a brief stint with the US Forest Service, I now work at a natural history museum. Although, I have been participating in Christmas Bird Counts for over 10 years, I started birding in earnest in September of 2009. Since then the obsession has grown, equipment has been purchased, and lists have expanded. While, I love exploring my native state of Connecticut for birds, I enjoy travelling and hope to gear my trips more for birds in the future.