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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Migrating Geese - Skywatch Friday #33

I watched from my front yard earlier this week as flocks of Canada geese flew by in their neat v-formations just before sunset. I continued to watch as each passing flock lowered and then disappeared just below the tree line once they reached a nearby lake. I suspect that these were flocks making their way back north.

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An interesting fact I read from Cornell was that many migratory populations of Canada geese are not going as far south in winter as they once did. This shift has been attributed to changes in farm practices that makes waste grain more available in fall and winter, as well as changes in hunting pressure and changes in weather. Happy skywatching!IMG_2799

 

 

16 comments:

ReluctantFarmChik said...

What a great capture - I love watching birds, and this scene is just not that common at this time of year where I am. Nice memories - and something to look forward to again.

Louise said...

That is a rare site here. Very nice captures.

Ida said...

Wonderful view and series. :)

Kallen305 said...

Love your skywatch this week. The geese look so peaceful up in the sky.

Leedra said...

I don't know how far south they used to go, but there sure aren't any in Florida. We have lots in Tennessee.

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gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I think they are all one their way here. We have lots of Canada geese here, LOTS!

George Townboy said...

Fantastic!!

Pat and Abe said...

I like your photos of the geese flying. I have seen them all my life but now they are those that live here. Seems like the small town I live in has its own several populations of Canada geese.

Darla said...

Well, I beg to differ with Leedra, We have Canada Geese everywhere here in North Florida!! I hear them flying over our home long before I see them. They also stay at the holding pond at my youngest's school. I love them!!

Babooshka said...

We have many Cananda Geese on my funny little island all year round. Great captures. Ours are too lazy too fly just waddle around the harbour.

Chandramouli S said...

It's always fun watching birds fly in the sky. Great captures, Alan.

RJ Flamingo said...

Neat shots! I never think to shoot bird formations... we get seagulls that do that every evening...

Tess said...

Wow! very interesting photo, beautiful!

Vickie said...

Nice images. I love to hear geese flying over, second only to sandhill cranes. Stirs my wanderlust.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love seeing the geese fly in formation; Great photos, Alan. As Leedra said, we do have plenty of geese in TN.

Betsy

Alan said...

Thanks for the kind comments everyone!!