Not of much interest to most of us, but in the past few days, we've surveyed the cornfields around St. Albans, Swanton, etc., essentially a good part of Franklin County and found plenty of Canada Geese to look over, perhaps as many as 8,000 to 10,000 in various parts of the county. Spent at least two half days looking them over for something different and could only come up with a single Snow Goose and a single Blue.
Best concentrations (and it varies because the geese move from farm to farm) are at the following:
The Junction of Rtes 104 and 105 in St. Albans (there's a traffic light there). The fields to the North
and East of that Junction have had as many as 5,000 birds there, sometimes far back in the cornfields and occasionally good numbers closer to the road.
The West side of Middle Road in Swanton, in excess of 2000 geese there.
The West side of Rte 7 between Swanton and Highgate Springs - up to 1000 at times.
Scattered smaller groups on some farms.
With the mild weather in the forecast, and farmers continuing to harvest their corn, it's possible these geese may remain for awhile, and possibly even increase.