hitchcock has nothing on these guys


These are snow geese (Chen caerulescens). They breed up in the Arctic tundra of northern Canada during the summer, but migrate into parts of southern North America in massive numbers for the winter. This past weekend, I got to see them up close at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, which is one of their regular wintering sites. I’d never seen so many birds of any kind massing in one place, as the tidal pools were filled with thousands and thousands of white geese. In the early morning, hundreds of geese flew overhead and settled in the pools in waves. And at least once while I was there, massive flocks took off at once, filling the horizon with loud, honking birds. I just wish I were underneath one of those takeoffs. With an umbrella.


~ by philliefan on November 3, 2008.

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