As I stepped out of the truck in my driveway at 1545 yesterday, the barky 
honking of a large ‘disorganized’ flock of SNOW GOOSE was heard overhead.
I did a quick count of a subset and estimated about 400. They were relatively 
low (under 1000’ probably).
I grabbed binocs but only had time to look carefully at about 100 of them: all 
were white, not blue, and no obvious Ross in there.
They were headed north.
It was great to see them in good light, somewhat surprising to have them flying 
in a stiff SW or W wind, and somewhat unusual for them to be overhead of my 
However, the other sightings of flocks over SSW at 2 and in Lansing later 
suggest this was not the only group yesterday.

I am hopeful we get a big collection on the northerly end of the lake so would 
also appreciate early birders’ reporting conditions up there.



Chris Pelkie
Research Analyst
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


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