Between my travels today and that of a few others we have covered some of
the areas that may produce geese and had mixed results. Most people saw
some Snow Geese but no one had any massive flocks. There were a few reports
of 3-5,000 and all together I had probably 10,000+ at various areas along
or near the St. Lawrence in the west.
There were no birds near Cardinal but 5,000 were present east of Iroquois
off Hwy #2 at Shaver Rd. At Mariatown, immediately west of Morrisburg along
Lakeshore Dr there were a few thousand but in both cases light was harsh
for viewing after mid-morning. Some birds briefly popped onto the ice at
Iroquois but otherwise the birds tended to be offshore. I had no Snows at
Long Sault. There were limited results at Lancaster and fields in the area
were not checked. Green Valley had none and there were none near Navan.
At this point, flocks have so many possible areas to move to that it will
be challenging to locate them. It may be next weekend before birds appear
east of Ottawa near Navan. To give an idea what happens along the St.
Lawrence, birds come and go throughout the day. This morning they had not
left the river before 11:00 and some were there in the afternoon. Late in
the day, between 60-90 minutes before sunset, many if not most will head
north to cornfields. They may go a fair distance and pass over closer
fields in favour of other locations. It is not uncommon for them to move
10-15 km north of the river before returning at or after sunset.