Snow Geese Migration

DSC_2730I’ve heard many call watching the snow geese rising off the lake together in unison a bucket list moment.  I’ve been pretty lucky because I’ve watched these geese rise together as one several times at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Stevens, PA.  It’s been so worth the trek the last two years in a row — so much so, I’m already thinking about next year’s visit.

For a few days, typically in early to mid-March hundreds of thousands of snow geese stop at Middle Creek on their trek north.   This year there was in excess of over 110,000 snow geese that come to Middle Creek to roost and feed at the local fields.

When the snow geese take flight and rise in masse they appear like a big white cloud rising off the water.  They move a bit, circle a bit and settle right back.  It’s quite a spectacular show.

Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, & Canada Geese – Oh My!

In late winter large numbers of migrating waterfowls appear at Middle Creek (a Wildlife Management area located in Pennsylvania) before heading north for breeding.   Many of the waterfowl come from south of Pennsylvania and begin their trek north in conjunction with spring thaw.   When the ice begins to thaw so there is open water and the snow melts from adjacent fields for the birds to have waste grains, they begin to arrive.    This year — the highest numbers started around the 17 March:   Snow Geese:  60,000+; Tundra Swans:   5,000+ and Canada Geese:   3,000+   These pictures are from 20 March 2014.  

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