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Cackling Goose

Branta hutchinsii (Richardson, 1832)

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii Bruce Lagerquist 2019-04-12 Othello, Grant County, Washington, Grant (United States) (220 m) call -

HUGE mixed flock of Sandhill Cranes, Cackling Geese, Tundra Swans, Snow Geese (thousands of each and a single White Fronted Goose) in a field of corn stubble. Cacklers formed a separate flock below snow geese.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

467750
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii Nick Komar 2020-11-17 Edora Park (near Fort Collins), Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1500 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

621436
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii W. Agster 2019-12-27 Ost Park (near Frankfurt am Main), Darmstadt, Hessen, Hesse (Germany) (100 m) adult, call -

Hybrid Branta hutchinsii x leucopsis, local bird, not a mystery

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

524517
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii leucopareia Andrew Spencer 2009-01-15 Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt Co., California, Humboldt (United States) (0 m) call -

natural vocalization; calls from a flock of 50 or so birds flying over mixed fields and wetlands.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

144036
xeno-canto.org
Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii Paul Marvin 2017-01-27 Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt Co., California, Humboldt (United States) (0 m) flight call -

single bird high in flight

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

361080
xeno-canto.org
Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii minima Steve Hampton 2020-09-28 Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington, Jefferson (United States) (10 m) flight call -

flock passing overhead

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

680975
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii Rachel Hudson 2017-02-25 Frenchman's Bar Regional Park, Vancouver, Washington, Clark (United States) (10 m) call, flight call -

Fun story: This recording captures the unseen moment thousands of Cackling Geese took flight.

*The flock took flight just after 0:26, and are closest to me starting at 2:07. Please ignore my (attempted) quiet footsteps as I crept closer about 0:50 seconds in, desperate for a peek at what was happening, and my brief diversion from recording at 3:13 to snap a few pictures of a piece of the flock visible in the fog. I cut out the sharpest twig-snaps and ear-splitting shutter clicks, but I wanted to leave in the rest of it for my memory's sake.

The weather was very cold, but above freezing. (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit.) Not a hint of wind. And... it was very, very foggy. Total whiteout conditions, with visibility at just about 5 meters for much of the morning. I knew there were Cackling Geese and Sandhill Cranes out in the field in front of me, but they were (at the time) just too far away to see. I was recording their sounds, hoping to get some Cranes in there, when all of a sudden, the distant soundscape exploded. I thought it was a loud truck at first and I was mad at it for interrupting my peaceful recording, but I quickly realized that what I was hearing was no truck. I crept closer to a fencepost and rested my arm that was holding my recorder on top of it. Looking at the spectrogram while I edited this cut is pretty awesome, as 'the moment' is pretty sudden, and the birds gradually fly closer and closer to me, eventually coming directly overhead, about 6 meters away. Then, they gradually fly off into the distance again.

The fog did eventually clear, and I did get to see the remnant of that flock, along with all the other birds present in this recording, such as my target for the day: the Sandhill Cranes.

The only modifications to this recording were amplification in Audacity and careful cuts of any ear-splitting clicks. I left the rest alone, and this is a piece from a 10-minute recording.

Habitat: massive fields by the Columbia River in Washington State, USA, set aside specifically for migrating Sandhill Cranes. There just happened to be a huge flock of pure Cackling Geese present when we arrived; no Canadas or larger subspecies present that I could see/hear. I assume most/all are Minima, but because of the heavy fog and my limited experience with any other subspecies, I'm hesitant to stick a definitive label on them.

The 'Also's are faint, for the most part, aside from the occasional Sandhill Crane. There may or may not be Tundra Swans and Snow Geese mixed in, as well, for there were a few small flocks (10-20 birds) present that morning.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

358686
xeno-canto.org
Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii Nick Komar 2016-03-13 Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1500 m) call -

Suburban park (North Lake Park). Sounds from one or two birds in a resting flock of about 100 wintering Cackling Geese. A lower-pitched single honk from a Canada Goose is heard at 0:03, 0:06 and 0:08.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

320748
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii minima Andrew Spencer 2011-12-23 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark Co., Washington, Clark (United States) (20 m) call (A) - natural vocalization; calls from a large fly-over flock. 92015
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii minima Andrew Spencer 2011-12-23 Sauvie Island, Multnomah Co., Oregon, Multnomah (United States) (20 m) call (A) - natural vocalization; calls from a 30 or so birds flying in to join a flock of around a thousand on the ground. 92018
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii taverneri Tayler Brooks 2012-10-06 Oyhut Game Range, Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor, Washington, Grays Harbor (United States) (10 m) flight call -

A flock (~50) of mostly taverneri with some Aleutian birds (leucopareia) mixed in. Taking flight.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

113142
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii Nick Komar 2016-03-13 Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1500 m) call, flight call -

Suburban park (North Lake Park). Sounds from multiple birds in a restless flock of about 100 wintering Cackling Geese, with several groups taking flight during the clip. Recording high-pass filtered for clarity and some interference spliced out.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

320750
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii taverneri Andrew Spencer 2013-05-24 Snake River, Teller Highway, Nome Census Area, Alaska, Nome (United States) (10 m) call -

calls from a pair of birds flushing off a small pond surrounded by tundra and willows.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

144041
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii leucopareia Andrew Spencer 2009-01-15 Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt Co., California, Humboldt (United States) (0 m) call -

natural vocalization; calls from a single bird flying over mixed fields and wetlands.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

144040
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii Nick Komar 2016-01-09 Rivers Edge Natural Area, Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1500 m) flight call -

Single bird in flight. Recording edited.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

301687
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii Patrik Ã…berg 2017-06-07 Nome, Nome Census Area, Alaska, Nome (United States) (0 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

406173
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii Paul Marvin 2017-01-28 Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt Co., California, Humboldt (United States) (0 m) flight call -

eight birds from a flock of over one hundred took flight, most of the calling from the birds in flight

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

361084
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii Greg Irving 2021-10-03 Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles, Clallam County, Washington, Clallam (United States) (10 m) flight call -

Flock of 100 individuals. My notes indicate they were flying north (towards Vancouver Island) instead of south. Not seen clearly enough to differentiate visually from Canada Goose, but high voice and flock size indicate Cackling.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

697100
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii Andrew Spencer 17-11-2007 Windsor Reservoir, Weld Co., Colorado, Colorado (United States) (? m) call (A) - calls from a flock of several thousand, part of 50,000+ on the lake. 16103
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii Nick Komar 2016-03-13 Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1500 m) call -

Suburban park (North Lake Park). Sounds from a few birds in a resting flock of about 100 wintering Cackling Geese.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

320749
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii minima Andrew Spencer 2011-12-23 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark Co., Washington, Clark (United States) (20 m) call (A) - natural vocalization; calls from a large flock of birds flying. 92017
xeno-canto.org
Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii Nick Komar 2015-11-21 Timnath, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1500 m) flight call -

Large homogeneous flock flying low overhead after being spooked from a nearby field by an airplane.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

295322
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii taverneri Andrew Spencer 2013-05-24 Derby Creek, Council Road, Nome Census Area, Alaska, Nome (United States) (10 m) call -

calls from a pair of birds flushing off a puddle in a large gravel pullout along the road.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

144042
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Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii leucopareia Andrew Spencer 2009-01-15 Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt Co., California, Humboldt (United States) (0 m) call -

natural vocalization; calls from a flock of several hundred birds flying over mixed fields and wetlands.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

144038
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