More than a million snow geese migrate to California each year.
They have been following this same migration pattern,
They come from Russia, Alaska and Canada.
Over 30,000 of them winter at The Salton Sea in Southern California.
It is always disconcerting,
to see thousands of these arctic birdies,
sunning in the desert.
Sandhill cranes from Canada soak up the sun here too.
Cheers to you from the arctic desert birdies~
267 thoughts on “Arctic Desert Denizens~”
What great pics – esp #2 (and a great ‘lockdown’ puzzle – count the birds). HNY Cindy. RH
OOOOH! That would such a challenging puzzle! Happy New Year my friend. I look forward to spending another year with you 🌿🕛💏💕
What an incredible experience it must be!
The best thing ever, is when the entire flock takes to the air closely all around and above you. You feel blissfully trapped and transported by nature დ
So appreciated Michael. Thanks much & take good care დ
You’re most welcome. Same to you and wish you a beautiful day.
These are all wonderful. But for feel-good, you can’t beat that last shot.
Smiling… Thank you Margaret & Happy New Year! 🌿🕛💏💕
It’s a wonderful spot to visit in the winter. Lots of birds to watch.
Yes. And you will frequently find some odd and amazing outlier, all by their lonesome, and you wonder, how did you get here! დ
I would love to see them in person. I didn’t realize they migrated from Russia, too. Birds are amazing!
They don’t even ask Putin for permission! დ
Spectacular Pics, Cindy!
Honored. Thank you & Happy and Healthy New Year 👪🌃🥂🎇
Thank you Cindy! I am also feeling blessed and honored. Happy, Prosperous, Safe, and Healthy New Year 2021 to you and your family as well.
|| Be Happy Always || 👪🌃🥂🎇
The Saltan Sea is almost a mystical place now enjoyed by migrating critters who, like tourists, stop for awhile to look around.
Exactly!! No tourists because the sea is still an ecological disaster area, but the birds are here in mass. It is a perfect place to spend the day during a pandemic because there are no people. Just you, the birds, and such a huge variety of predator tracks. Stay safe & well Dor and Happy New Year დ
Nature is always beautiful and acts as a source of inspiration for everyone. Happy, Prosperous, Safe and Healthy New Year 2021 to you and your family. 👪🌃🥂🎇
Splendid photos, particuarly #3!!
Thank you Liz & Happy and Healthy New Year my friend 👪🌃🥂🎇
You’re welcome, Cindy. A happy and healthy new year to you as well.
Wow Cindy. Amazing pics. Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year
Thank you Gary & Happy New Year 👪🌃🥂🎇
Can you see the Sky through this flock? 🙂
All your senses are taken over by the flock. It is an amazing experience. Sight, sound, touch everything becomes part of this overwhelming flock movement. It feels like one massive, moving thing, and you are a part of it. Most amazing of all? I have never been pooped on and I always try and get in the middle of flocks. Happy New Year Alexander. I look forward to sharing another year with you my friend 👪🌃🥂🎇
The most mysterious phenomenon for me is the unexpected movement of a flock of birds as a whole. This is incredible! How and who is managing it? Riddle to me!
Yes. It is an enigma. Scientists are studying how they do this. They are looking at non verbal communication between the birds, and at lead birds who seem to set the patterns. They are studying schooling fish too. Nature is so complex and intricate.
Sometimes our Robins migrate, I’m not sure where. If it is a mild winter they don’t leave!
I haven’t seen too many this winter. So It will be a sure sign of spring when the Robin’s return.
I’ve learned though that vultures like to attack black roofs. We’ve got quite a few of that avian giant in our neighborhood. One year I saw one settled on one of the chimney’s of the older house up the block! Vultures are huge compared to the Coopers Hawks and are even larger than the occasional Eagle that has stopped by! 🙂
Lovely photos!!! Happy New Year.
Wow! Vultures are massive birds and amazing gliders. They like to be where there are things to scavenge. We have them at The Holler, but they only show up when something dies. They have very sensitive olfactory abilities. The good news is they are excellent housekeepers and keep things tidy. Happy & Healthy New Year Jules 🌿🕛💏💕
We have a utility easement that I believe draws them. Probably some good stuff for them in there.
Though I think they also like flying over the neighborhood. Hard to tell if they are Turkey or Black vultures. We could have both kinds. 😀
Stay safe and sane! 💕
Grazie mille დ
Its wonderful to get to see all these birds that others may never see….so awesome!!
Your kind comment made me smile and so happy you enjoyed them. Happy & Healthy New Year 🌿🕛💏💕
Happy New Year to you and your!!
Grossartige Bilder liebe Cindy. Ich wünsche Dir Gesundheit und viel Freude im 2021.
Vielen Dank. Du bist ein lieber Freund Ernst. Gesundheit und Glück für Sie im Jahr 2021. დ
Those are scads of birds. Beautiful.
Lots and lots of beautiful birdies. It is great fun to be in the midst of one of these flocks. It totally envelope all your senses დ
The snow geese always stop for a rest outside of Vancouver, BC where I used to live, on the way to California every year. They are a sight to see, whole fields covered in white! Love them.
The snow geese always stop for a rest outside of Vancouver, BC where I used to live, on the way to California every year. They are a sight to see, whole fields covered in white! Love them.
How wonderful. The Pacific Flyway is simply amazing. How lucky that they rested near you! დ
What a beautiful series of photos, Cindy! That last one is my favorite. I love golden scenes!
Thank you Lavinia. Golden cranes on a golden pond დ
That is so impressive! So many birds, and each one knows the right way, and they all can fly so fast and so wide without colliding.
Their navigation ability is incredible isn’t it. Scientists are studying how they do this instantaneously. They are looking at forms of non-verbal communication between the leaders and followers დ
Beautiful images of the snow geese, Cindy. I love the last one with the Sandhill Cranes.
Ahh, thank you very much & happy you enjoyed დ
I’m always absolutely amazed how those swarms of birds move without them colliding.
Have a great 2021, and stay safe,
They are incredible navigators aren’t they. Scientists are studying how they do this, some sort of amazing non-verbal communication they think დ
Smart birds. I’d like to be soaking up the sun with them. Beautiful photographs. I love seeing them fly together in a swarm. So powerful and hopeful. Thank you.
Sending powerful hope to you dear friend. Stay safe and well in 2021. We have lots left to share დ
As always I love all the pics Cindy, but that last one in particular should be a wall hanging.
Ahhhh, thank you my friend. The sunsets at the sea are spectacular golden wonders დ
Smart birds! I’d love to spend my winters in SoCal, too. 😉
I would love for you too Eliza, after everyone gets vaccinated, which at the rate it is currently proceeding, will take a decade 😉
Both snow geese and sandhill cranes migrate through Nebraska each year. I have been fortunate to see both. It is a breathtaking spectacle of sight and sound! Love your images, Cindy.
Thank you Sandy. I have heard about Nebraska’s migration spectacle and I would so love to witness it. დ
Something to add to your bucket list??
Yes. Definitely. I have never seen this and I would love too დ
Photos of an amazing phenomenon.
On our only visit to the Salton Sea, the water was fetid and low and the shores were lined with dead fish. We were told the water becomes lower each year as the flow into it is diverted. This would seem a threat to the migration.
The Salton Sea has many faces. It is a polluted, apocalyptic wasteland just as you describe in the northern parts, and amazingly wildlife still live there. At the far south, it is different. Crops are planted specifically for the migrating birds. Fields are flooded and it home to 100’000’s of thousands of migrating birds, many rare and endangered. Two ballot initiatives passed recently in California to save the sea. The Salton Sea is a complex ecological problem. Check out: http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2019/10/25/salton-sea-shrinking/
We get around 100,000 snow geese stopping near us in Pennsylvania in the late spring each year. Utterly amazing to see them there with thousands of other migrating swans and such. Breathtaking, just like your photos.
How glorious. I want to visit! The swans are like the cherry on the top. დ
These are my photos from 2016, not as good as yours, but it will give you the idea. https://blessinganimalcompanions.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/migrations/
Your photos are amazing!! All those swans, walking on the ice! So beautiful. I have never seen them in such numbers. I definitely want to visit. Besides, I hear the food is really good! 😉 <3
And here is info on the Middle Creek area where they visit, along with numbers from previous years. They come late Feb/early March, rather than late spring. And if you ever come to visit the, you must let me know! It would be wonderful to meet you in person. https://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/AboutUs/ContactInformation/Southeast/MiddleCreekWildlifeManagementArea/Pages/MigrationUpdate.aspx
Thank you for the link. The numbers are incredible! All those migrating swans! It must be amazing to witness. I would love to visit and to meet you and your rescue kitty-kats. I would be sure to adopt one and take him with me for the ride home. When covid goes, I am going to get going, big time! Cheers to you დ დ
It would be lovely to meet you, and hopefully I’ll have a foster room full of kittens for you to cuddle!
Amazing! – both the migration and the photographs!
Much appreciated Bruce. Thank you! დ
Wow, snowing geese… spetacular shots! amazing how far they travel!👏👏👏
Ohhh, I wish I titled my post “Snowing Geese…” Perfect!! დ
Wow, fantastic shots of these geese! We get them too, and there is one lake in Pennsylvania where hundreds of thousands of them gather each year.
How wonderful! I would love to see this დ
We used to go see huge flocks of Snow Geese stopping at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge when we lived in DE. Such an amazing sight! Love your photos…they bring back fond memories. 😍
I am so glad you have experienced this. The are beautiful birds individually, but spectacular in huge flocks. დ
Beautiful pictures. Sometimes I think I like to hibernate and just wake up for Spring….. or fly away to another country……. just thinking…. 🙂
Flying to other countries worked perfectly for me, until coivd came to call. Stay safe and well my friend & Happy New Year! 🌿🕛💏💕
Describes them perfectly. Thank you & Happy New Year 🌿🕛💏💕
So glad they have a place to go, many stop for a break here in Oregon before they continue on. I’ll wave to them on their return trip.
Wow, what a spectacle it must be when the sky is covered by a fast flying white cloud.
Yes, The sound itself is incredible. I love to be in the middle of it. დ
I will greet them for you my friend! Happy New Year 🌿🕛💏💕
Fabulous pics! The wonders of nature!
Thank you! We are blessed to be a part of it დ
Cacophonous, I’m sure. Dazzling in flight.
The cranes have a flyway over my town. Their warbling calls are strange compared to snow and Canadian geese.
How lucky you are to have the cranes fly over you! They do have the most unusual and distinctive warble. I locate them at the sea by these calls დ
You really have to have that artistic gift to be able to capture those geese in the splendor of their beauty. The series of photos are spectacular.
Happy New Year Cindy. The best for you
Your thoughtful kindness touches my heart Manuel. Thank you & Happy New Year 🌿🕛💏💕
I think many of your followers have the same appreciation. You are an extraordinary woman with great sensitivity and that is why I admire you.
I am truly honored my friend. Stay safe and well.
Thanks a lot. I’ll do that.
It certainly gives me a new perspective on the Salton Sea, Cindy. I had no idea about the massive influx of birds. Your photos certainly capture the numbers! But my favorite photo was the last one. Thanks. Looking forward to your posts this year! –Curt
It is a strange place, but is winter home to huge populations of birds, many rare and endangered Check out: https://ca.audubon.org/conservation/birds-salton-sea
Checked out the Audubon site. I’m sold. Peggy and I will put it on our bucket list. Who knows, maybe we will make it down there in January or February! Thanks, Cindy. –Curt
Be forewarned. The Salton Sea is a complex and strange place. It is the largest lake in California. It is man made and it is a final receptacle for all the agricultural run off from the Central Valley. It is polluted. It is shrinking. The winds are full of toxic dust. It has two major faces, the north lake which is like a bizarre post apocalyptic wasteland, and the southern end which has flooded fields and such abundant wildlife. All of the sea is polluted, but some animals with short stays here and short life spans are less affected by the pollution. Fish live very brief lives here. If you decide to visit, please talk to me first, to discuss where you may want to go to experience all aspects of the sea and to know what you are going to see. It is like nowhere else on earth that I have been. It is strange. I think you might like it as I do. Many of the best lodging and eating options are closed due to covid. Plus to see the birds there are specific places to go. So talk to me first please so as to avoid disappointment. This post gives you some idea of what you will experience on the northern end of the sea: https://cindyknoke.com/2018/06/17/paradise-lost/
I’ve been there, Cindy, and way back when I was the Executive Director of the Planning and Conservation League of California, the pollution was already a major factor. I will definitely depend on you to direct me to where the birds are. –Curt
Ah yes, good. You know what to expect.
Wow, what a spectacle! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos, Cindy.
Thank you more for appreciating them & cheers to you Sheree დ
The original ‘snowbirds’, lol. I don’t blame them. I’d migrate every winter if I could, too!
Smart snow birds. The desert in the winter is just lovely and everybody likes some sun! 😉
You got to hand it to those birds. They’re pretty smart.
Yes indeed. Bird brained turns out to mean smart brained. I always knew this about them. დ
Beautiful shots…Happy New Year!
Thanks much! Happy & Healthy New Year to you 🌿🕛💏💕
It’s great to see these photos. Bird migrations are amazing. I was wondering how the fires on the west coast last summer would affect birds migrating in the fall, especially the smaller ones. But your photos show that these geese and cranes seem to be OK.
Yes. I so appreciate your concern Audrey. I don’t know the answer. The devastating loss of habitat would seem to affect all wildlife, including migrating birds. I did notice there were less birds and less variety than I normally see, but this may not be accurate because normally I stay overnight for several days in nearby Borrego Springs and take many day trips to the sea. This year I couldn’t do this due to covid and had to drive there and back in the same day which gave me much less time to see what is going on. It is four hours round trip. I am itching to go back, but it is a bit of a haul. I need to ask the biologists who I sometimes see there. They do bird counts. დ
I am comforted that our Canadian Snow Geese have found a home away from home. Always a joy to meet up with your winged friends, Cindy.
I would never forget watching the sandhill cranes on The Churchill River doing their dance and thinking, wow, I’ll see you in Southern California in the winter!! It is a small world. Your wonderful birds are so welcome here Rebecca. Stay well my friend დ
A friendly alien invasion! 😄
Yep. I love ’em all! დ
These birds are very familiar to me from the north. To see them in such numbers is astonishing. Thanks for sharing these great photos.
You are most welcome Lynette. How wonderful that you know them from the north. It is such a small world and birds know this well since they navigate all around it, making friends where ever they go. Happy & Healthy New Year Lynette 🌿🕛💏💕
What a spectacular sight. How lucky you are to see this annual migration in such large numbers. Wonderful series of photos 🙂
Fantastic photos! My favourite is of the birds flying in a row. Very dynamic!
Thank you. Amazing isn’t it, how order emerges from chaos. Stay safe and well my friend დ
Thank you for sharing so many beautiful wonders of our world…sending positivity and joy for another wonderful year Cindy ~ hugs and smiles hedy ☺️🤗🕊
Love and hope back to you Hedy and thank you my friend დ
Alles Liebe für Dich, Cindy!
Frohes und gesundes neues Jahr, mein Freund und danke. დ
Your first post in 2021 – it could not be better! Thanks so much, dear Cindy! Be well and stay strong!
Love to you Fabio and stay well my friend დ
Thanks so much, Cindy! You always bring a lot of energy and beauty to wordpress. Thank you, my friend!
These are beautiful, Cindy, I love Snow Geese! They also winter in huge numbers around the mid-Atlantic Chesapeake Bay region, and I’ve sat in my car many times to watching and listening to them. When they take off, the noise is amazing, I’m sure you know. With a take off and/or landing, it’s like seeing a snow globe in real life! So glad you shared these, I’m missing ‘mine’ this winter. 😘
Yes! I love your “snow globe in real life.” Wonderfully descriptive. Their sound is unique. If you get really close, the whirl of the wings, the wind they create, the sound of them, and the blockage of your vision except for the birds. It is an amazing experience დ
I know what you mean, it’s like a Snow Geese tornado! I was standing outside my car (more than once 😉 ) alongside a huge flock, when something startled them and they started flying and swirling all around me. Hearing their wings, their squawks, the sight was mesmerizing! Until the poo bombs started falling. I ran for my car! 🤣 I was lucky to not get hit but my car did. 😏
I know I will regret saying this, because the birdies will know, and respond accordingly to a bird-poop braggart…. but I have never been pooped on by a wild bird 😉 😉 My cars have though, but I don’t blame the birdies for that! Happy New Year Donna! 🌿🕛💏💕
I’ve been bombed twice, lol. It wasn’t funny neither time…..but it is now. 😂 I don’t mind the car either, hehe. Happy New Year, Cindy, from the other side of the U.S. 🥂 😘
I would imagine the degree of humor one could feel would be directly related to the size of the ‘launching’ bird….. 😉 😉
Gorgeous! It must have been thrilling to watch!
Yes, thank you Deborah, it was დ
We only have Canadian geese where we live (and we have a lot of them!). These snow geese are really pretty. Thanks for sharing your pictures 🙂
You are very welcome. We have Canadian Geese too, because some retire here. I love having them as neighbors დ
Whoa… the panorama (?) photo is amazing, as if it has sound. Wildlife is so… amazing. Lovely to see these images!
This makes me so happy Liza. You can feel the sound! The roar of the wings is amazing დ
A m a z i n g
Thank you. Nature is such დ
If only I could be there and see this. Sob!
Bless yers for sharing.
“We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons have all gone.”
I think these are lyrics from a British pop song that stuck in my head since I was little. There were so many more lyrics. I was always wondering as a kid, wait, where’s my joy and fun? I didn’t realize it was always passing.
Can’t rememebr the group, but do the sone Cindy.
Like a flash, I do say,
Joy spins away,
Replaced one day,
With some dismay,
As the mind sinks into disarray,
And the body needs an X-ray,
Stomach can’t cope with satay,
No point in praying whatever you say,
Gods got his hands full, every day,
Tryingto make Covid-19 go away!
I just made that up, gal. Am I losing it? Nae, I lost it ages ago.
It’d nice if could go back and try again… mind you… perhaps not me. Hehehe!
Thanks, take care and be safe, petal. ♥
Now that is an epic poem. And I feel the burn of the satay, the burning absence I mean… Life with no satay? I say nay! Hope the New Year is kind to you my friend 👪🌃🥂🎇
Just the smile I needed, that, Cindy, Merci mon ami! ♥
We’ve seen them once as they winter over near Vancouver, but have heard them many times when out in the wilds of Delta. Quite a sight!
They are proof that nature is powerful, and we are just a bit of nature დ
Thats a whole whack of birds Cindy! We send them south to get some sun!
Of course you do. You know it like Las Vegas for them. Makes them eager to come home soon. დ
do Canada a favour and make sure they wear a mask If they go to Vegas please
Happy New Year, may it bring you health and tenderness !
Happy New Year Cindy ! 🙂 Great for bird watch.
Beautiful! I have never seen that many geese gathering and flying together. Wish you a happy, healthy new year! 🙂
So pleased you enjoyed them and Happy & Healthy New Year to you 🌿🕛💏💕
Thank you 🙂
Love that word. Happy & Healthy New Year to you 🌿🕛💏💕
The birdies, and I, appreciate you Derrick. Happy & Healthy New Year! 🌿🕛💏💕
And you, Cindy X
Wow, these are wonderful pictures. I really love the last one. Awesome!
Awww, thank you my friend. We are embarking on another virtual year together. How many has it been? Quite a few I think. I look forward to sharing the year with you. Happy & Healthy New Year to you 🌿🕛💏💕
Wow! That is an astonishingly huge number of geese! They’re beautiful, though, aren’t they?
I’ve often wondered what effect migrating birds, en masse, have on the immediate environment. I suppose, as it happens year after year, it’s become part of the form of nature. (If that makes sense).
I hope you have a good new year and years to come. All the best.
Interesting question. I don’t really know the answer to it though. They certainly spread fertilizer, seeds, provide nutrients for hungry predators, and depending on the species, help keep insect and reptile populations in check. They have been migrating in numbers far greater than we have now for thousands of years so they are probably an integral part of the ecological web. Happy & Healthy New Year to you Val 🌿🕛💏💕
We get them here in Central PA about February, Cindy. I love going to Middle Creek when they arrive. https://youtu.be/t87lmQ3TWXU It’s a wonderful experience, so cacophonous and visually amazing!
People have been telling me about them in PA. I want to visit! The link is fabulous! Thank you for sharing it with me Pam დ
My pleasure! 🥰
Wow! Some population! 😉
Best wishes for 2021 🙂
Happy & Healthy New Year to you! 🌿🕛💏💕
Amazing. I don’t mean the flock of geese.
I mean the flock of followers you have. 😉
Bloggers create an awesome community of talented, creative and kind people, that I am so honored to be part of. People like you my friend! Happy & Healthy New Year to you 🌿🕛💏💕
Thank you for making me feel awesome. I am sure blogging has been a blessing for many this past year and will continue to be on into the coming year. I read and enjoy so many topics that I never imagined would be of interest. It’s hard to explain it to someone who has never blogged. It has to be experienced to be understood.
The best to you too.
You are so right. You have to be part of the blogging community to understand how awesome it is. I can’t even imagine the past year without it. The news media and FB would be our main source of information? Yuck. How dismal would that be! Bloggers give us interesting things to read about, see and share. God bless bloggers!!
Your pictures are outstanding, Cindy, wow! 😸Pawkisses for a Happy New Year. Let’s make it a great one🐾😽✨
You are a thoughtful friend. Thank you & Happy & Healthy New Year! 🌿🕛💏💕
I love it! What a remarkable sight to see!
I always like it when the monarch butterflies pass through here. 🙂
Hope you have a wonderful beginning to 2021!
Thank you Bethany. I always miss the monarch migration and would love to see it. Happy & Healthy New Year to you 🌿🕛💏💕
Stunning shots, Cindy!! Wishing you a super wonderful 2021!!
Happy & Healthy New Year to you Lorrie and thank you my friend 🌿🕛💏💕
We don’t see snow geese (gorgeous photos BTW) but we have two gaggles of geese who live in our neighborhood – came from Canada and now just live here.
Snow birds staying south love the sun 😉 😉
Stunning photos, Cindy.
Thanks much Mark & cheers to you დ
Maybe even winter birdies need a vacation at the beach?!? Such beautiful creatures, Cindy — a delightful way to jump-start the new year!
Cindy, thank you for these stunning photographs!
Thank you more for appreciating them Charles and Happy & Healthy New year my friend. I look forward to sharing another virtual year with you! 🌿🕛💏💕
Talk about lots of birds.
The plan had been to place a lot of windmills and solar panels along their flyway. Fortunately, the power utilities couldn’t pass their EIS.
You gotta scratch your head re: the planners, don’t ya? I wonder how long it took in the planning process before they figured out that a million birds might mess up their windmills.
Great photos- I particularly like the picture of the sandhill cranes. The golden hues are beautiful.
Thank you Sheryl & Happy and Healthy New Year my friend 🌿🕛💏💕
Spectacular, Cindy! They are sure a sight to see. There are some bird sanctuaries in NorCal that I’ve visited over the years. Armed with my new camera 4 years ago, we ventured out to one near Colusa. I couldn’t wait to see them flocking like in the past. BUT…there had been so much rain that the water was almost too deep for them to feed properly. I saw a few that day but not what I had hoped for. Great shots and good timing!
Ah, thank you Terri! Lots of water enables them to spread out more and be more difficult to see. I have experienced this too and it is frustrating for us, but good for the birds. Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year my friend დ
The sky looks peppered with the birds no. 🙂
Perfect description, and heavy on the pepper! 😉
oh, wie ist das schön, beste Grüße von mir zu dir, Klaus
Danke mein freundlicher Freund. Ich wünsche Ihnen Gesundheit und Glück. დ
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Arctic birds that fly south for the winter.
Thank you Patricia for you thoughtful kindness. Happy & Healthy New Year to you my friend დ
Some of these birds fly through Juneau Alaska each year. It is a treat to spot them on the wetlands.
Juneau is beautiful and I would love to see them there. Happy New Year to you both დ
WOW!!! Just AMAZING!!
I would love to be a Snowbird (of the human sort) and fly to California or Texas or anywhere south for the winter. *sigh*
So happy you enjoyed Carmen & thank you. You just continue blooming where you’re planted. Southern California is not a safe place to be right now my friend. Happy & Healthy New Year დ
Beautiful beautiful ☺️. Birds 🦢 of a feather…!
We do! We flock together. Happy New Year John დ
Cindy, you always have the most phenomenal posts. This is beautiful and awe-inspiring. LOL but I can’t help thinking about how loud all that honking must be! Hugs on the wing.
Ahhh, thank you sweet friend. The honking is loud, but so is the sounds of thousands of furiously beating wings!! Happy & Healthy New Year my friend დდ
What a sight it must be to see the massive flocks flying
It is an amazing experience especially if you get near them when they take off. დ
Beautiful shots. Thank you so much.
And a very happy new year to you. 🙏🏻
Thanks much my friend and Healthy & Happy New Year to you დ
Let’s all try that, shall we? 🙏🏻
Happy New Year, Cindy! So lovely to be able to visit with your spectacular pictures. And, as always, I had to scroll down forever to be able to comment. 🙂 Wishing you the best for 2021. Stay safe. Lots of love, xx
Your thoughtful comment is much appreciated my friend . Thank you and Happy & Healthy New Year დ
We have many that pass through here and the entire city of Portland and surround will stop for them if they wander the interstate or roadways. You are so good at capturing the full magnificence of these birds. Happy New Year, Cindy.
I love people who stop for animals! Thank you Marlene & be well my friend დ
I think migration is fascinating, and of course you capture it beautifully! It’s a wonder how they don’t bump into each other in such large close flocks. Thank you, Cindy.
Thank you Jenny and yes, flock navigational abilities are now the focus of scientific investigation. It’ about time! დ
Oh how lovely. The sound must be amazing. One year in particular, hundreds of dark-bellied Brent geese migrated from Russia to the UK’s SE coast. Every time they flew in configuration over my garden, my dog and I rushed out with excitement to watch them. They honked from dawn until dusk. It was sublime.
Just reading about this gives me goosebumps. How wonderful that you and your dog loved and appreciated them! It is nature, in all her glory, just waiting for us to notice and recognize, we are part of all of it. Stay safe and well Sarah დ
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Beauté absolue de ce blog, toujours fascinant
Ahhh, votre gentillesse est très appréciée. Merci et bonne et bonne année à vous დ
Excelente, como todas tus publicaciones. Te felicito.
Me siento honrado de que lo haga y muchas gracias amigo mío. Feliz y saludable año nuevo para ti დ
Muchas bendiciones para ti y tu querida familia, Cindy. Y sí, amiga mía, admiro tu trabajo. A veces te imagino en la minuciosa labor de captar los momentos y seleccionar las imágenes más bellas y cautivantes. Te felicito nuevamente.
Eres un amigo amable y pensativo. დ
Perfectly glorious photos and celebration of this momentous migration, Cindy.
Ahhh, so kind and so happy you enjoyed my friend. Thank you & cheers! დ
Oh WOW… what a spectacular flight…. Amazing captures of the birds in a line formation too Cindy.. 😀
I have never see as many geese as those. Amazing photos.
WOW and WOW! Stunning pictures of an amazing phenomenon!
Ahh, so happy you enjoyed & thank you Kathy დ
This is some stunning work!!
Thank you very much Srilata. Much appreciated დ
I have been very tired after Christmas, and have been keeping holidays.
In addition to this I have worries with my computer all the time.I’ll try to come back – maybe in February.Happy New Year 2021! ?? ? ? ?
I am always hibernating on January and sometimes also February ?? ??
Sending many blessings to you ?? ?? ??
Anaelle A. ??
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cindy knoke posted: ” More than a million snow geese migrate to California each year. They have been following this same migration pattern, for millennia. They come from Russia, Alaska and Canada. Over 30,000 of them winter at The Salto”
Thank you Anaelle. Sending blessings back to you and hopes that January and February are kind to you my friend დ
What a fantastic sight!!
I love The Salton Sea. No people and tons of birds. Perfection! დ
Liebe Cindy, alles Gute von mir für dich.
Ich sende dir die besten Wünsche zurück, mein Freund, und danke dir! დ
Awesome sights in the sky !
Thank you & happy you enjoyed! დ
It’s my pleasure …
Incredible picture and birds. These snow geese have always captured my imagination.
Yes, mine too. They are magnificent in giant flocks! დ