The birds at Goose Pond Sanctuary welcomed the first day of spring on a beautiful day.
A bird count along Prairie Land and Goose Pond Road found 570 tundra swans, 300 Canada geese, 80 canvasbacks, 36 greater white-fronted geese, 30 snow geese, 10 sandhill cranes, and 2 gobblers walking along the wetland. Many more white-fronts and Canada geese were feeding in the surrounding picked corn fields when the count was conducted and were not included.
Other species present included northern pintails, northern shovelers, green-winged teal, lesser scaup, and ring-necked ducks.
Last week, a merlin was present at Goose Pond. American kestrels are also common this spring.
Written by Mark and Sue Foote-Martin, Goose Pond Resident Managers.