The 2019 Snow Goose Scoop
Breaking news on the Migration of Snow Geese through Vermont and New York
Summary Report – Friday, December 6, 2019
The Snow Goose season is winding down or all but over in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, with possibilities remaining in New York. New reports are scarce, however. Vermont’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison is reporting that geese have “left for the season.” Across the lake, in Clinton County, New York, the most recent report to eBird was 6,000 Snow Goose at Chazy Riverlands on November 30. Track reports from the shore with this eBird map.
Lesser Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese winter at a number of sites in central and western sections of the continent. Find these sites on this eBird map. Goose counts at New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, a bellwether for other sites in the southern U.S., are well over 10,000. Now is the time to be at Bosque.
A real-time map, from eBird, of Snow Goose sightings around the world since December 1, 2019. Click on any map pin for details.
What happened to all the geese? And why you might visit Vermont and not see the thousands of geese actually 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.