Snow Geese Lift-Off
Running errands a few days ago, I had taken a back road to avoid traffic and came across a flock of Snow Geese behind the Amazon distribution center in Middletown, Delaware. They have been arriving and passing through our mid-Atlantic region for a few weeks now from their breeding grounds on the Canadian and Northern Alaskan tundra.
Snow Geese don’t like to travel without the company of at least another couple dozen geese and can easily form flocks of several hundred thousand.
This was a nice size flock. Many more were dropping in.
Lucky for me, within five minutes, a lift-off occurred.
Thousands of Snow Geese were airborne.
The noise was incredible, even at a distance!
The Snow Geese headed my way. They passed by and over me. The noise was deafening. And exciting!
It’s was as if it were snowing Snow Geese.
Then I heard a splat here and a splat there. Then a bigger splat on the roof of my car. Ewwww…..
It was apparently snowing more than Snow Geese.
I could see the Snow Geese were only heading a short distance and were dropping down again from the sky. I followed over and found them landing on a pond.
Something either startled them to take flight or some of them decided on a whim to fly over to the pond maybe for the evening, so they all followed. I thought the homeowners were pretty lucky for the fly-in. And I was lucky for the lift-off! And to have carried my camera with me. 🙂