Here I am again, at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge to create a variation on a theme… from a post I wrote just a few days ago.
The flocks hugged the ground; then settled after the larger throngs of Canada Geese surveyed the situation and selected landing zones further away.
The Willamette Valley Refuges provide migrating Canada geese with what they need to survive during the fall and winter and make the trek back to Alaska in the spring. To prepare for the spring flight and subsequent nesting period, geese need food, water, and sanctuary. All of these items are provided on the Willamette Valley Refuges where thousands of geese spend the winter.
The dusky is a subspecies of Canada goose that breeds only in the Copper River Delta area on the south-central coast of Alaska and on islands in the Prince William Sound and Gulf of Alaska. They winter primarily in the Willamette Valley and along the lower Columbia River of Oregon and Washington. The dusky represents one of the smallest subspecies populations of geese in North America.
In the fall duskies migrate south along the Pacific coast, arriving at their wintering grounds of southwest Washington and western Oregon in October and November. Here they feed on nutrient-rich grasses that grow in the wet, mild winters until they depart in early April.
Cut from: William L. Finley NWR website
Weekly Photo Challenge: 01-24-18 “Variations on a Theme“