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 Post subject: Urban Snow Geese
PostPosted: Mar 30 6:21 pm 
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The Snow Geese have moved decisively into Richmond. A few years back they started landing in the middle of larger park and school ground lawns. Then they worked closer to the boundaries of those fields, then onto the boulevard margins. This year they have moved onto residential streets and lawns.

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Snow Geese by brian avent, on Flickr

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They are even becoming a traffic hazard. Several times I have seen drivers have to push through the flocks as though through a herd of sheep. In the last picture below taken today, the geese reclining on the road wouldn't get out of the way of the muni truck when approached, even after horn blowing. The driver had to get out, you can see the door opening, and shoo the birds away and they moved back almost before he could drive on!

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Richmond B.C.
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 Post subject: Re: Urban Snow Geese
PostPosted: Mar 30 7:05 pm 
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That is absurd - I have heard that the Snow Goose population is above carrying capacity for the coastal marshes, so maybe we'll see more and more of this if the numbers continue to increase like they have in recent years.

Thanks for sharing - I was not aware of this recent phenomenon!

Jeremy Gatten
Saanichton, BC


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 Post subject: Re: Urban Snow Geese
PostPosted: Mar 30 8:17 pm 
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A few more photos of our urban geese:
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Snow Geesein town by brian avent, on Flickr

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Urban Geese by brian avent, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Snow Geese
PostPosted: Mar 30 8:58 pm 
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That's crazy to see the Snow Geese in urban streets. Can't think if anywhere else this is happening. This is probably a news story waiting to be picked up.

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Snow Geese
PostPosted: Mar 30 9:36 pm 
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When it first started people would go and get their cameras, or at least stop their cars to look. Now a flock of hundreds on the margin of the road hardly rates a glance as it is a daily occurrence. .

They will be gone for the summer in a couple of weeks.

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