Geese, Gulls and Owls
November's Tour de Force of Black, White and Gray
Stick season in Vermont — when the color drains from our forests. Even so, there is force and grace in this season’s colorless birds, which are anything but lackluster.
Here below for you are three celebrations of November — expressed in black, white and gray: the eruption of Snow Geese here in Vermont and in New York, the anticipation of Snowy Owls from the Arctic, and the joys of watching gulls during my online workshop on November 20. The workshop is free of charge, but donations to North Branch Nature Center are most welcome.
Gulls Demystified — An Online Lesson
They are among the most successful birds on the planet, living everywhere from the polar regions to parking lots. Yet even as they pose for us in plain sight, gulls can be notoriously hard to identify. With my images, videos, exuberance and strategies, you’ll be enjoying gulls this winter like never before. Brought to you via Zoom by my pals at North Branch Center Center »
Peak Snow Goose Coming Soon
The Greater Snow Goose migration through Vermont and New York will most likely peak this year in mid to late November. Goose numbers have been relatively low this month, but a cold-front pushing through on Friday should begin to change that. If you're looking to get with geese, track the migration on The Snow Goose Scoop »
Snowy Owls On The Way
The season's first few Snowy Owl reports are now trickling in (from Wisconsin, New York and Alberta). But the owl influx doesn't usually begin until mid November or so. Discover when owls are on the move southbound, perhaps to some field or telephone pole near you, with The Snowy Owl Scoop »
And finally …
In addition to the charismatic avifauna above, I bring you a gallery of the colorless, well, for the most part, and still flying around in stick season.