|Sparrow studies the chickens intently|
It’s not just Canada geese on the move today. At 2:45 a.m., on one of my overnight trips outside for the puppies, a small flock of snow geese honked and flew overhead. Against the overcast sky, their bright white feathers looked as though they were illuminated from within. They coursed over the forest, perhaps a few tree-heights above the tree tops.
Snow geese are among the earliest of the migrants to move north. They hurry to reach their breeding grounds. This year I wonder how their late flight will impact that. The flight this year is a good two weeks later than usual. Will this impact breeding success? If fall comes early, will the year’s new geese be ready for the stress of migration?
I have yet to see the tundra swans whistling their way north. Perhaps I will before the day is over. Perhaps they are already gone. Spring is underway.