Wednesday, February 19, 2020


During our trip to Upstate New York over the weekend, Chris and I had the opportunity to see thousands of Canada geese. 

The first sighting was on Valentine's Day just north of Harrisburg along the Susquehanna River during a light snow storm. The geese were taking flight, thousands of them, circling until the squadrons were formed and then beginning the journey northward. Another user sign of Spring--the geese are headed north. I wish I had been able to get an image of the multitude skeins working to form wedges and begin the journey. They were stratified with each successive skein circling to gain height and arrive at their desired flying altitude. Through the intermittent snow, it was an awesome sight to see. 

Geese Along the West Bank of Cayuga Lake
Sheldrake Point, Ovid, NY
February 15, 2020
The following day, Chris and I visited Sheldrake Point Winery and saw at least a thousand geese along the West Bank of Cayuga Lake. It was a magnificent sight--all of the geese on shore and in the water. We stopped the car along the road to film the scene. The geese were everywhere, even out into the water. 

On two successive days we experienced thousands of geese. We wondered whether these were the same geese we had seen taking flight from near Harrisburg the day before. But decided probably not. Although, who knows?

It was, on two successive days, an inspiring sight to witness.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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