Date: 9/30/18 8:39 am
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...>
Subject: [obol] Re: First Gr. White-fronted Geese of the Season
They were flying east north east which did not seem unusual to me at the
time. Now I am scratching my head.

Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon

On Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 1:53 AM Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>

> Perhaps they decided weather was unfavorable for crossing the pass. All of
> the adults in the flock have been there before. I've been wondering a bit
> lately how these social birds achieve consensus. Will we ever know?
> Thanks for the cardinal clarification Steve. Otherwise I might
> have assumed the reversed direction was a clerical error. Jack Williamson
> saw(I left my glasses at home)some GWFG that I heard over West Linn at 4:15
> Saturday. I presume they were southbound as he made no comment otherwise.
> It seems like it has been 8 days since that last big wave. The ones folks
> notice the last week of August(I think reports began as early as 8/20 this
> year) nest on the Alaska Penninsula. That is to say the south shore of
> Bristol Bay. Thanks to satellite tracking we now know this subset of
> Alaskan GWFG will slow the pace of migration a little after resting in the
> Klamath Basin, but not finish their annual cycle until reaching Chihuahua.
> Later in the winter they are back in the Central Valley. The GWFG passing
> over nw Oregon a month later nested on the north shore of Bristol Bay.
> Maybe today's geese are from a third location in Alaska.
> Lpn
> On Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 11:38 PM McDonald, Steve <bigrocketman...>
> wrote:
>> In my first post, I should have noted that the geese I heard were flying
>> in the opposite direction that you'd expect, for this time of the year. I
>> have no explanation for that.
>> Steve McDonald

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