Sunday, April 13, 2014

Late season honkfest: Snow Geese in Richmond.


They're still here.  It's nearing the end of Snow Goose season; some hang around into May, but most should be Siberia-bound soon. There was a large flock Friday across the south arm of the Fraser from Vancouver International Airport.  It started with about a hundred.

And then another hundred, and another, and then more, much like planes arriving at regular, noisy intervals.


Within 20 minutes there were a few thousand.


And still they came.


I don't know how many there were. Lots.  

Today I took all our empty cans and bottles to the recycling depot.  There is a woman who works there who can scan a flat of randomly placed cans and count them in about 2 seconds.  She would probably be good at Snow Geese.


Snow Geese: 4,657 (or so).  Cackling Geese: 1.  I've never seen other geese mingle with Snowies before.




Look at those wings.  Darn near perfection.



2 comments:

biobabbler said...

So, that means Ross's Goose is not commonly scattered among them, up there? Pardon if obv. I'm a weak birder...

I just LOVE seeing them whether floating, strolling, or flying. Their color & shape minimalism x 10,000 birds makes for amazing images.

Hugh said...

bb: Ross's migrate through the middle of the continent, not along the Pacific Flyway. So as a rule, they don't show up here. As I understand it, the ones that winter in CA fly east over the mountains and then up the plains.