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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.

Western US

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.

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 BearsThe 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.

Goose Gallery