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.

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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.

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Lucky for me, within five minutes, a lift-off occurred.

Thousands of Snow Geese were airborne.

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The noise was incredible, even at a distance!

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The Snow Geese headed my way.  They passed by and over me.  The noise was deafening.  And exciting!

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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.

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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.   🙂


39 thoughts on “Snow Geese Lift-Off

  1. Wow Donna what a wonderful unexpected find. It is these special moments that make birding so exciting. Great shots, it is always a buzz when a massive flock take off together. Thanks for sharing these amazing captures. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year 😊

    • Thanks Ashley, it was an awesome time! Many times you can see a flock of them on a field or water, but it’s the lift-offs we go crazy for! 🙂 Happy Holidays to you too!

    • Thanks Steve! Always awesome when you aren’t looking for them. Have you made it to Bombay or Prime Hook yet for the SG? They are there too, I just haven’t had the time to go over to check them out. I’ll take what I can get running my errands! 🙂

  2. What an amazing experience. I encounter modest flocks of snow geese once a year, if I’m lucky, but never anything like the phenomenon that you captured. Nicely done and thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Nick! Our mid-Atlantic region is fortunate to harbor Snow Geese for the winter. They never stay in one field or body of water long, so the pursuit to find them ensues for the birders. 🙂

  3. You were lucky (and prepared) to capture these moments, Donna. It is such a humbling and elevating experience to find oneself in a large flock of birds. Good for you-and for us! 🙂

  4. We encountered a similar blizzard of snow geese in Lower Klamath NWR a couple of years ago. It was one of the most thrilling and spectacular sights I’ve ever seen. Your awesome images brought it all back to me! Thanks for the memories!
    Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas 🎄

    • You’re welcome, Gunta! Yes, it is a sight you will never forget. Lucky me, I’ve seen more than a few dozen SG lift-offs. I watch a new one as if it were my first experience, just in awe…
      Thank you for the Christmas wishes, most definitely the same to you and yours!

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