A Loveland, Colorado Reporter Herald report at the link below says the habitat and migration patterns of the Canada and cackling geese are not the same.
- Reporter Herald photo
Just what are cackling geese anyway?
Ten years ago, Canada geese were split into two species with the smaller geese, which weigh less than 15 pounds, called cackling geese.
Cackling geese nest in the high Canadian Arctic in the spring and migrate south in the fall and winter months, mixing with the Canada geese. They show up in Colorado in November with some migrating further south as far as Texas, Southern California and parts of Mexico.
Along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, they feed on harvested cornfields and bluegrass, eating grain, seeds and insects.
Geese are not looked on favorably by homeowners when the large birds flock to their lawns to graze leaving behind their slimy droppings.
Full report here.