Snow Geese make pit stop on Massawippi
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.