[Tweeters] Snow Geese in Othello

Randy re_hill at q.com
Thu Apr 4 21:22:54 PDT 2019

Friday morning from the top of Saddle Mountain we saw 3000-4000 at the Corfu
farm circles. Around 3pm from O'Sullivan Dam there were closer to 18,000 on
Potholes Reservoir, probably an accumulation of the same group. McNary NWR
saw the first big surge in Snow Geese in the Columbia Basin, I'm thinking 10
or more years ago (the Dennys probably have the timeline). The invasion in
the Portland-Vancouver area is more recent and probably from the
Skagit-Whatcom wintering population.

Randy Hill


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Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:10 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Snow Geese in Othello

On Sunday, 31 March, Mike Donohue, Douglas Marshall, and I went in search of
Sandhill Cranes in the Royal City area. We drove south on Corfu road and
headed west on Lower Crab Creek Road. From up there, we did see a nice
flock of cranes along the creek, but, to our great surprise, we also saw a
huge flock of Snow Geese in a green field. It looked like there were about
10,000 geese, with a few hundred Canada-type Geese, probably Cackling, at
one end of the flock. We watched as an eagle flushed the geese and then the

These Snow Geese seem unlikely to be from the population that winters on the
Skagit. Are they from the population that winters in Central California?
Where are they going?

Rachel Lawson


rwlawson at q.com

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