Migrating Geese

Larger Flock – can you guess how many?

One morning last week I heard what sounded like a sizable flock of geese flying overhead, so I decided to head outside and take a look. I saw two large groups, both flying northwest over town. Connor and Rowan later told me they had seen the same flocks out by Whale Park while they were riding the bus. I’m not sure why they were heading in opposition to their seasonal migration direction, but my guess is they were looking for a suitable place to put down after flying through much of the night (a few days before, I had heard many flocks flying overhead through the night).

See below for a modified version of the first image with counts.

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Night Migration

I have read about observing bird migration via weather radar, and thought it might be interesting to see what showed up on the Doppler Radar station located on Biorka Island. The animated .gif shown above is color-coded by the velocity of objects the radar ‘sees’ relative to the radar station. Green indicates objects travelling towards … Read more

Spring Geese

This spring it was hard to miss all the geese in Sitka as they flew honking overhead or fed and rested on lawns and beaches. Based on reported sightings, at least 250 birds visited town, possibly many more. Most are Greater White-fronted Geese, though there were at least one Snow Goose and a handful of … Read more