In the fall season, very large number of snow geese in Alaska and Canada migrate south to warmer
areas. In November, many snow geese come to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) along
Delaware Bay in Delaware and stay there for several weeks until the water in that area is frozen. Then
those snow geese leave Bombay Hook NWR and migrate further south.
On the morning of December 4, 2006, I called the Visitor Center at 302-653-6872 of Bombay Hook NWR
to see if those snow geese were still in Bombay Hook NWR. The ranger told me that yes, those snow
geese were still there and there were about 100,000 of them. I asked the ranger about the best time to
see those huge number of snow geese in Bombay Hook NWR. The ranger said that the best time are
(1) morning fly-out around sunrise time of huge number of snow geese taking off from their evening
roosting pond to nearby farm fields to look for foods, and (2) fly-in at sunset time of huge number of
snow geese flying back from nearby farm fields to their evening roosting pond.
With such information, I left at about 1 PM on Monday, December 4, 2006 in Mid-New Jersey and drove
for about two and half hours to reach the Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware.
The spectacular views of the concentrated huge number of snow geese in flight over the Shearness
Pool in Bombay Hook NWR are shown on this web page.
|Many Snow Geese
at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Many snow geese on the water and the mud flat in Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook NWR
A closer view of the snow geese on water on Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook NWR
Another closer view of snow geese on water on Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook NWR
Even after sunset, huge waves of snow geese were still flying in from nearby farm fields to their evening
roosting place at Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook NWR.
The sound of the large number of snow geese can be heard mile away even before I saw them at Shearness
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