Monday, December 28, 2015
Geese finally heading south
Note: This photo was taken yesterday. Today is not foggy, though it's still overcast and the light isn't good so far, for photos today.
I should have known something was up when I counted 71 Canada geese on Roundtop's largest pond this morning around dawn. The usual count is about 35-38. And the local geese didn't seem too happy to be sharing the space with the new interlopers.
Since then, and even now as I type this, I hear the sound of Canada geese far overhead. Occasionally I see a flock, hundreds of birds to each one. This is the first time I was sure the geese I was seeing were migrants. They are only two months late.
I have suspected that a couple of the flocks I'd seen throughout November were migrants but I wasn't entirely sure. Migrating geese are noisy, usually honking the entire time they fly, and except when they are taking off or landing, they usually fly quite high. Sometimes the geese I saw in November were honking like migrants, but they weren't particularly high or there weren't many in a flock. I thought it was possible they were birds up off the Susquehanna River rather than long-distance flyers. But not today. These birds, so far multiple flocks of them, are heading south in full cry.
No doubt the first blast of semi-wintry weather that's just a few hours away from falling here is the cause. The precipitation will fall as sleet this time, and the weather maps show it edging ever closer to Roundtop. So those geese that have been languishing in the warm northeastern weather have finally decided it's time to move south to avoid the wintry weather. It's about time. Past time. A lot past time.