Snow Geese in Flight – Winter Delight

The Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania has astonishing  natural events that occur on a yearly cycle. One in particular occurs every winter.

During the winter months tens of thousands of Snow Geese undulate in seemingly never-ending threads across the winter sky.  

Barren fields appear white as snow as each bird gleans what it can from harvested crops. 

These beautiful, gentle birds winter throughout  the United States and Mexico.  Along the Atlantic coast Greater Snow Geese can be found as far south as South Carolina.

Occasionally birds banded through a project conducted by the Université Laval can be found feeding amongst  the  thousands wintering in the valley. 

www.cen.ulaval.ca/gon-gsg/en_description.aspx

Once spring approaches Snow Geese journey northward to nesting grounds in the High Arctic tundra. In this cold desolate landscape they lay their eggs and raise their young.

Distribution of the Greater Snow Goose

Only one population of Greater Snow Geese exists in the world. It is almost entirely confined to the Atlantic flyway of North America. Greater Snow Geese breed in the Canadian High Arctic, from the Foxe Basin to Alert on northern Ellesmere Island. Some breeding colonies can also be found on the western coast of Greenland. This makes the Greater Snow Goose one of the most northerly breeding geese in the world. It winters along the United States Atlantic coast, from New Jersey to South Carolina, with major concentrations around Delaware and Chesapeake bays.

from:  www.hww.ca/en/species/birds/greater-snow-goose.html

Distribution of the Greater Snow Goose

To find out more about this migration and to see the photos of last year’s flocks click on any of the links.

theirisandthelily.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/a-field-of-white/

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25 thoughts on “Snow Geese in Flight – Winter Delight

  1. Spectacular…and I know that the one goose has a tracking device around its neck but it looks gold so it looks more like a fancy necklace.

  2. WOW! Once a moment I felt myself there with my camera… Should be so exciting… Probably I would have been flying with them too :) You did great shots. Birds always fascinate me and I am crazy with them. Thank you, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  3. Ah! What in incredible sight! You got such amazing shots of them, both on the ground and taking flight…it must have taken your breath away to see it.

    I am from the Lehigh Valley! Grew up in a small town called Emmaus, just outside of Allentown. The farmland in the background of your shots looks awfully familiar!

    • These pictures were taken just north of the ABE airport on Airport road! I am in the process of starting a community blog called Valley Impressions. It will be a photoblog featuring the cities, towns parks etc of the valley!

      • That’s fantastic! I know exactly where that is. My sister works off Airport Road, and I’ve driven by there probably 100 times. I look forward to Valley Impressions, and I have a friend / gardening Mentor who lives off of Cedar Crest Blvd near Dorney Park (just behind the old Charcoal Drive In / now-Bieber Bus stop) if you know where that is! She will definitely love to check out your new blog, I’m sure!

  4. Bravo, Bonnie! These picture are about as close an experience as you’ll get to actually witnessing this magnificent winter scene. As I stated on my FB several weeks ago, it is very had to capture the beautiful image of the sun glistening off their feathers as the are in flight up against the blue sky with a photograph. It truly looks like the sky is twinkling! But you’ve done a spectacular job! I would love to post some of these on my FB!!

  5. Incredible photos!!

    I’ve seen a couple white geese hanging-out with our brown-bodied and black-necked geese here in Salt Lake…maybe snow-geese stopping-by for a visit? Our geese take to the golf courses in the winter…so funny/curious to see them all walking around.

    Anyway, well-done. Thank you. :)

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