A rainy, overcast day with dirty snow and mud seems like a good time to reflect on the month of March and illustrate early spring in Central New York. I’ll emphasize wet places and some of the birds that frequent them.
Canada Goose and a pair of ring-necked ducks
Canada geese grazing in a farm field
Killdeer grooming at a spring seep
A pair of mallards under the reflection of deep snow
Great Blue Heron over ice and Canada geese on open water
A solitary Snow Goose in a flock of Canada geese
Migrating snow geese above farm fields, refueling on waste grain
Geese are everywhere, never far behind the harvesters and balers; waste grain and fresh new growth in the fields are goose magnets. Although burgeoning populations have biologists scrambling to assess environmental impacts and find effective control measures, geese are a visual resource with some redeeming qualities.
My initial post on a family of geese featured fuzzy little goslings exploring a brave new world in the shadow of their parents (“Geese, Geese and More Geese” on May 24).
Grazing Geese 24May2015
Three weeks later I discovered another, larger family (parents and 8 goslings) loafing and feeding along the shore of a private pond. The goslings are growing like weeds, but still cute, comical and irresistible!
One of the few times that I intentionally went for a butt shot!
I think I know who will be the lead bird when the flock flies in formation