From Idaho to Pennsylvania, pictures are hitting the interwebs in a fervor of feathers, as thousands of snow geese migrate north for the summertime.
Watching snow geese is like being in a snow blizzard, only the flakes are a lot larger. As thousands of snow geese take flight, their melodious high pitched two-note “howk-howk,” accompanied by the beating of their wings, drowns out most other sounds.
Instead of flying in the perfect “V” like Canada geese, snow geese fly in an undulating modified “V.” This motion along with small individual flocks flying at varying heights has earned them the name of “wavies.” Also as they migrate, snows will fly in small modified groups as part of the larger flock covering miles in almost never ending groups.
When snow geese first arrive they are looking for food as the area ponds and lakes are still mostly frozen. They will feed on grain, but their favorite food appears to be frozen and dried potatoes left over from last year’s harvest, especially in Idaho. As the ice recedes on Idaho’s Camas National Wildlife Refuge are filled, the flocks of snow geese have begun using them as resting and watering places. In Pennsylvania’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Snow geese are using their important resting and feeding stopover, and have accumulated to more than 65,000 birds, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
They will stain the white feathers on their heads from digging in the partially frozen ground. Certain fields will be visited by thousands until the food is exhausted and then they will move to another field. They will move across a field in a wave noisily eating, but that noise is nothing like the noise when they take off.
Last year the Snows stayed until about April 10 before they moved on to their nesting area above the Arctic Circle, so time is limited to see these snow white beauties.
Happy Flyday ~^v^~