After seeing just a few small flocks of Snow Geese on Friday, I decided to head further east Saturday morning going to the Lancaster, Ontario area. My first stop was Westney Point on Lake St. Francis (the widening of the St. Lawrence River) - I was a bit dissapointed to only see about 2000 Snow Geese on the ice here, but pleasantly surprised to hear and then see a small flock of Cackling Geese in with a big flock of Canadas. I went a bit further east to Creg Quay Marina and found another 750 Snow Geese. Between those two spots on the Lake/River I also had a nice mix of ducks including lots of Northern Pintail.
I decided the geese must be out feeding in some fields, so I decided to head north through Lancaster towards where I had seen a big flock a couple springs ago. I wasn't dissapointed. Pretty soon I came across a flock of at least 10,000 Snow Geese in a corn field! What was even better was the birds were really close to the road allowing me to get lots of photos and video while sitting in my car:
After a little while of searching I picked out something different...a Greater White-fronted Goose! Seem to be seeing lots of them this year!
I kept searching and ended up with another couple of interesting geese, first this one that I am calling a Ross's:
|See the Ross's Goose?? It's a pretty blurry shot...|
And then this one which I think is likely a Ross's x Snow hybrid:
|Hybrid Snow X Ross's Goose?|
But that wasn't all this flock had to offer me! I soon found a neck-collared bird:
|Collared Greater Snow Goose "TR47"|
|Collared Greater Snow Goose "TU72"|
All in all I was happy to see lots of geese of 5 species, although unfortunately I couldn't find the Pink-footed Goose that was in upstate New York recently....