In North America there are four major flyways that birds use during migration: the Atlantic Flyway, the Pacific Flyway, the Mississippi Flyway and the Central Flyway. Geese gather in large flocks in “staging areas” before they start the long journey southward. Depending on where they have summered raising young, they may have to fly north, east or west to reach the staging area. That is why today, I saw Canada geese going across the border back into Canada.
In October around here, the resident flocks are sometimes joined by migrating geese, making a very large flock. Often seen, the flock feeds mostly in open areas. They also visit ponds and lakes at this time, but do not stay at the waters, since feeding occurs in area fields, golf courses and parks. Canada Geese will return in spring to the location where they have nested most often, or where they learned to fly.
The geese at the beginning of the post are at the lake at the farm, where they were hatched. Most likely, we will see the same geese again, providing a hunter does not make them a trophy, or a car make them roadkill.
It seems a difficult existence for them foraging in the snow, like below.They are not unlike the ducks that do not migrate, living off whatever handouts that park goers offer. If they just returned for Spring, they are a bit too early.
Click “Geese” below to hear the loud noise they make. They are a noisy bunch.