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Steveston Excursion – Part 3 – Snow Geese

All photos taken on October 23, 2022.

The delta of the Fraser is typically teeming with birdlife throughout the year. In late fall, the primary species migrating through tends to be the snow geese. A few years back, we were able to walk through huge groups of them on Garry Point. On this visit, they were floating in large flocks on the Fraser River.

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6 thoughts on “Steveston Excursion – Part 3 – Snow Geese

  1. When most people think of “birds flying south for the winter” they associate it with a mass exodus of Swallows, Martins, Swifts, Warblers and Terns (amongst others), but they usually forget that it also means an influx of over 50 waterbird species from northerly latitudes into Ireland for the winter! I know that Snow Geese have been regularly sighted at the North Slob in County Wexford, but I’ve never had a chance to see them in person. I have to write down on my to-do list to keep an eye on my local flock as the winter progresses at the end of this year! Thanks for sharing and hve a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Close up, snow geese are not the most beautiful bird, but they are very interesting and amazing flyers. Their social nature means they always get together in huge groups and that is when the fun really starts. Having this flock so close to the airport added another dynamic. We were in Wexford in the fall and did not see any then, but their comings and goings can be hit or miss, I am sure. Always great fun watching and listening to them. Thanks for reading and commenting Aiva. Allan

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    1. I can only imagiune that this large a group of birds must give the airport bird patrol fits with keeping them away from the runways. They must have been finding food here that day, as well as company. They kept moving back up the river after the flow carried them down. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Allan


  2. Amazing stuff Allan. I don’t think I have ever seen so many geese in one place at one time. Or at least there seem to be hundreds in those first few photos. How many would you say there were? in your Goose Traffic Control shot (Roger SG 143) it seems like a close thing that there wasn’t a collision.

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    1. I would say all told, there was a couple of thousand out on the sand bar at the mouth of the river. The flock we were watching had maybe 200-300 birds. Could not see them all for the shoreline vegetation. Crazy to have this many waterbirds near an airport, but what can you do? Thanks for reading Leighton. Allan

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