the *Snow Geese* seem to have arrived east of Ottawa between April 4 and April 7, seemed to peak at perhaps 100,000 individuals on April 14 and are mostly gone by April 20. When they arrived, there was some open water in the fields but still considerable areas of ice and snow, whereas by April 20 all the ice and snow has gone from the fields, as well as most of the water. This year the entire spectacle lasted about two weeks. This includes results posted on OntBird and on eBird. Perhaps one of the local pros can indicate whether these numbers east of Ottawa represent a record for this expanding species that is wreaking havoc on its Arctic breeding grounds, turning them into mud.
Forwarded by Don Davis
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