Date: 1/8/19 11:48 am From: Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Question to viewers: Molt Migration in Canada Geese in Maine
My name is Cole Tiemann, and I am an undergraduate student studying waterfowl. Currently, I am doing some research to see if resident Canada geese (geese born in Maine) are traveling north for a molt migration, and I was hoping that some of you have ever seen this phenomena in Maine.
Molt migration is documented in many populations of Canada geese. During the late spring/early summer, geese that are too young to successfully breed (often 1 or 2 year olds) and failed nesters (destroyed or otherwise failed nests with no renesting occurring) migrate north to complete their molt. Waterfowl undergo a complete molt, and are flightless for a period of a few weeks. Some geese go north as much as 500-1,000 km from their typical breeding grounds to complete their molt. Their migratory flights would occur around the first week of June, low in the sky but in a visible migratory formation. *I was wondering if any birder in Maine has observed these flight patterns during this time of year.* I am in the process of looking and goose band reports to see where the geese are being recovered up north, but this would be valuable information to me.