|Snow Geese At Willow Point|
This year the peak of the migration was sometime in late February. I usually wait until the tour road opens on March 1st before going to Middle Creek so the peak of the migration was over when I got there on Friday afternoon March 2nd, with an estimated 20,000 Snow Geese, 5,000 Tundra Swans, and 2,000 Canada Geese remaining according to the March 1st estimate.
|Tour Road Opened From Dawn-Dusk on March 1st|
As one continues along the tour road they find signs encouraging you to respect the small creatures that may be crossing the road and avoid hitting them.
Middle creek seemed empty of people compared to what I was used to in other years. It was amazing that only a few vehicles were on the tour road in mid-afternoon on March 3rd. This may be because the peak of the migration was past, but it also was likely influenced by the brutal winds that were still blowing after a strong front passed through on Thursday night.
|Tour Road-Mid-Afternoon Saturday March 3rd|
|Snow Geese Near Road|
|Snow Geese In Late Evening Sun|
|Snow Geese Landing|
In the next post we will look at some photos from Willow Point as well as more taken along the tour road and other areas of Middle Creek.