A sea of snow geese off County Rd. 43

CHESTERVILLE — Now that’s a gaggle!

Several thousand migrating snow geese descended today on the Badger Excavating Ltd. pond visible from County Rd. 43 (see video above).

Eventually headed to points farther south for the winter, the gigantic gaggle spilled beyond the shores of the teeming water body and onto the surrounding land. The species nests on the Arctic tundra in summer, according to Wikipedia, over-wintering as far south as Mexico.

Property owner Frank Scheepers says it was the largest assembly of the birds so far this fall — though he’s seen greater gaggles at the site with two ponds. “Believe it or not, I have seen more than that. Both ponds full,” says Scheepers by Facebook Messenger.

“They have been starting the last week or so. Definitely [we’ve had] the most today,” he says, adding, “but there will be more.”

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


A couple of the birds in this photo appear with yellow bands around their necks. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


The pond off County Rd. 43, west of Chesterville, was teeming with snow geese on Nov. 15. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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