Snow Goose (Oie des neiges) Chen caerulescens
Status: Rare Common in season (M)
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Everybody wants to see Snow Geese and the local birders discussion groups are full of reports as soon as the first birds arrive, so you won’t have much difficulty tracking these big white birds down.
Although Snow Geese migrate through the Montreal area in both spring and fall undoubtedly the vast majority of birds are seen in the spring. Typically the first birds are seen at the start of March with peak numbers in the second half of the month and then training off again quite quickly with small numbers of stragglers sticking around up the end of April. A small number of birds are also seen in mid to late October but they will be chance sightings at best.
Many of the reports are flyovers and so are chance sightings that come from almost anywhere in the region (see the map) but large groups do come to earth along waterways and in wet and flooded fields, most commonly along the south shore and in or near the Richelieu valley. Try along the St-Lawrence at Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Coteaux-du-Lac for example and along the Rivière-des-Milles-Iles. Huge numbers can be found near Hungry Bay with 75,000 being reported in March 2016 and good numbers around the Réserve faunique Marguerite-D’Youville and anywhere near the Chambly basin. Flocks in fields can be huge and often stick around for long enough for birders to visit them.