Snow Geese at Middle Creek
February 27, 2011

The present count of snow geese at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Pennsylvania, is 60,000. The numbers could increase by half again or doubled in the next two weeks. My anticipation is which day to travel the hundred thirty miles there to see the spectacle.

Middle Creeks is the place to be to witness the snow goose staging point on the northern, spring migration, and the following photos are from last year (March 7, 2010) to give an idea of what it is like to be there.

One has clear view of individual snow geese.

Snow goose flying

But the true excitement at Middle Creek is to watch a swarm, or goose storm, in motion. The following photo is a swirl.
Snow goose swirl

Ever see a solid wall of incoming geese?
Incoming snow goose swarm

Middle Creek is a wonder of the natural world.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens, for these photos, taken on 7 March 2010.

Following is a list of my photos and videos from Middle Creek 2009 and 2010.


Snow geese video: Brief swarm (1.6 megs)   |   Complex swarm (8 megs)

Snow geese photos: Near and far


Snow geese video: Flyby (3.8 megs)   |   Swarm (15 megs)

Snow geese photos: Incoming!   |   Swarm sequence   |   Bands

My Pennsylvania bird list   |   Snow geese and Blue snow geese closeups

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