A few weeks back, I mentioned that the arrival of Dark-eyed Juncos in my yard was good indication that winter had arrived. It's true, but there is also a number of other species of birds which are a sure fire sign of winter.
Two of the species are American Robins (no...they don't go south...they go west to Oregon!) and Canada Geese.
We have both species here during the other seasons of the year, but the number count during winter increases for both species tremendous. For the robins, flocks of thousands can be found in the Juniper woods of the area, and water holes throughout the region have their own groups of geese.
The photos below were taken several miles north of my place. I was looking for a Snow Goose reported in the area, but didn't find it. I did find lots of Canada Geese though.
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