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Dave Irons
103. by Dave Irons on October 01, 2011 at 09:25 am

In the Pacific Northwest the northbound (Spring) and southbound (Fall) flights of this species tend to occur in very predictable and narrow calendar windows. The peak northbound movements traditionally pass through western Oregon between 20 April and 10 May, with the largest flight almost always falling on or about the 23-26 of April. In Fall, the mass southbound movement typically falls about the last week of September. Over the last five days (it's 1 October 2011) there have been widespread reports of large flocks passing over the Willamette Valley.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

Dave Irons
104. by Dave Irons on October 01, 2011 at 09:30 am

One way to separate migrant flocks of high-flying of Greater White-fronted Geese from other species is their flock shape. Unless you can hear them call, distant flocks of White-fronts and Cackling Geese are near impossible to separate visually. However, while Cackling Geese tend to form classic "V-shaped" flocks that are long and strung-out from front to back, flocks of White-fronts often appear less organized, broader, and more arc-shaped across the front. They often form several sub-groups of overlapping arcs, without the obvious V-shape seen in the white-cheeked goose species (Cacklers and Canadas).

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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