The 2021 Snow Goose Scoop
Breaking news on the Migration of Snow Geese through Vermont and New York
Final Report — Saturday, January 1, 2022
Although scattered reports remain from the Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York, the Snow Goose season for birders has all but ended. The map link below offers you sightings since December 1.
We’ll see you again next October for autumn migration. Happy New Year, everyone.
A real-time map, from eBird, of Snow Goose sightings around the world since December 1, 2021. (Requires an eBird account.)
What happened to all the geese? And why you might visit Vermont and not see the thousands of geese actually sitting there.
A Blue Ross's Goose
My lesson on the finer points of Snow Goose/Ross' Goose identification — something that should help you become a better birdwatcher.
The Snowy Owl Scoop
A snowstorm of a different kind: tracking the fall movement of Snowy Owls across the continent.
Resources and Readings
Snow Goose – The account from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds site.
Identification of White Geese by David Sibley – Help with telling Ross’s Goose from Snow Goose.
Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area – Vermont’s prime goose-viewing opportunity. The visitor center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to 4pm, until November 10.
Geese Setting the Table for Polar Bears – The New York Times reports that a warming planet leaves polar bears with less opportunity to hunt seals. So they’re turning to snow geese chicks and eggs instead.
One Day, Two Ross’s – My account of seeing an exceedingly rare Ross’s Gull and the generally rare Ross’s Goose during a single day in 2013.