Friday, December 19, 2014
Bird of the Day: Geese. Lots and Lots of Geese at the San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge
Over the decades, there were those who came to recognize the value of the birds, and eventually a series of wildlife refuges were established that allowed the health of the bird populations to be a priority. A visit to these refuges at the right time of year is a stunning introduction to the way the Great Valley used to be. There are birds here. Tens of thousands of Snow Geese, Ross's Geese, Aleutian Cackling Geese, and many others. In the evening, they start to settle in large groups, but occasionally something will startle them, a predator perhaps, and tens of thousands of birds will take to the air simultaneously. The sound of their wings is almost like a jet engine.
YouTube compression does awful things to my videos, but the short example below gives some hint to what it is like to see these birds in motion.