Snow Geese, Tundra Swans And Ducks: The Magic Of Middle Creek.
It is a little late this year, but every late February or early March, it is time for our annual drive to Middle Creek to observe the migration of the snow geese. These birds stop at the man made lakes of Middle Creek to rest and feed on their annual migration to the Arctic tundra of northern Canada and Greenland where they breed.
Middle Creek is located on the border of Lebanon and Lancaster counties in southern Pennsylvania. My brother Mike, nephew Mikey and I left around 4;45 a.m. to arrive before the sunrise. We weren’t the only ones who come to see the snow geese. The parking lot at the observation area was full and cars lined the highway.
It was cold, one of the coldest mornings we have experienced , with temperatures in the low 20’s when we joined the crowd of visitors who came to see this spectacular gathering of snow geese. It was probably the largest gathering of people since we started coming here 15 years ago.
When we returned to the main road along the breast of the dam we found it frozen. We usual see ducks and blue herons here. Many of the other small ponds also were covered in ice. We still saw some migrating ducks on the ponds that had open water, such as these American black ducks ,
this shoveler duck,
these lesser scaups and
There were also a lot of Canada geese on the lakes with the snow geese. Some ventured off onto the surrounding ponds. It was estimated there were 0ver 80;000 snow geese on the lake during our visit. And a couple thousand Canada geese.
We usually stop at the visitor center. This building has many informative exhibits about Middle Creek, the snow geese migration and the other wildlife that resides in the area. Unfortunately it was closed due to COVID-19. Since it was cold and there weren’t many ducks and other birds on the ponds and in the fields we decided to head home.
It was a scenic drive on the country roads back to our home in Luzerne County, about 70 miles north of Middle Creek. I look forward to this ride every year. It has been a very mild week this week in Pennsylvania. If the snow geese are still there I may visit Middle Creek again this weekend. Watching the large flocks of geese never gets old. Here is a link to a gallery of more photographs of the snow geese and other birds I saw our visit. Middle Creek migration March 7 2021.
“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” Laozi