Monday, January 5, 2015

A Wild Goose Chase

When we were in Pennsylvania for Christmas, my niece reported that she'd been in the rural town of Bath near sunset, and saw thousands of snow geese landing in the empty fields by the side of the road. She's a professional photographer and got some great pictures — at first glance, the fields look like they're covered in snow. 

We went with her for a late afternoon drive on Boxing Day to look for geese. My niece had done some research and learned that the geese migrate north to Greenland at this time of year; they frequently stop in open fields around the Lehigh Valley in huge numbers.

As it got closer to sundown, we began spotting white flocks in the sky. We followed them on back roads for about an hour until we finally found the field where they were landing. They were far from the road this time, so we couldn't get close without sparking a mass exodus. There weren't nearly as many as my niece had seen previously, but it was still an amazing, memorable sight — and sound, as they were honking like mad.

Here's a photo of one of the first flocks we saw, while there was still plenty of light in the sky:


I don't think I'd ever seen a single snow goose before these. They're easy to identify: the tips of their wings are black. Here's a video and a photo of them circling the cornfield where we got out of the car to trespass take pictures:


2 comments:

  1. Very cool! we have seen them in New Jersey but they were far away. The sheer mass of them is so impressive!

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  2. Beautiful! I would love to see them!!

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