Snow Geese make pit stop on Mas­saw­ippi

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

LastWed­nes­day, a huge flock of Snow Geese could be seen swirling over Lake Mas­saw­ippi like a wild snow storm. Af­ter just a few min­utes the flock, eas­ily thou­sands of them, de­cided to land on the lake. Mo­torists driv­ing by at the time quickly be­gan pulling into the Ayer’s Cliff marina to get a closer look at the im­pres­sive, and noisy, vis­i­tors, al­most ev­ery­one pulling out cam­eras or cell phones to record the event.

The Snow Geese, com­pletely white ex­cept for black wing tip feath­ers and with a wing­span of one and a half me­tres, mi­grate through this re­gion ev­ery fall. They are re­turn­ing from their nest­ing sites in the Cana­dian Arc­tic, head­ing down to the eastern coast of the United States where the win­ters are usu­ally a lit­tle milder and more food is avail­able. Dur­ing the fall mi­gra­tion the adult birds, who mate for life, also have their young ones in tow, usu­ally no older than nine weeks. They were a lit­tle smaller than the adult birds, who weigh an av­er­age of three kilo­grams each, and greyer in colour.

Thou­sands of Snow Geese made a brief stop on Lake Mas­saw­ippi, last Wed­nes­day, en route to the Eastern coast of the United States where they spend the win­ter.

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