Snow geese migrating earlier due to milder temps

Video: White geese flock to Middle Creek

The mild weather has lots of folks spending time outside, and one popular spot is the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The area always offers great views, but this time of year, there's something else that has visitors flocking to the area.

"It's just pretty amazing to see all these white geese on the hills and to hear them it's incredible," said Charity Tabor, of Pottstown, Montgomery.

Tabor took her two sons to watch the snow geese, which are stopping in the area as part of their regular migration pattern.

While the waterfoul travel back to their nesting grounds in the Arctic, some come to watch and travel down memory lane.

"Many years ago, my dad and I drove around Middle Creek on a very cold March day, and we saw all these geese, and it was a long time ago, it was decades, and I never forgot it and I'd always wanted to do it again," recalled Tabor.

Only this time, return visitors will remember it differently.

"All the other times that I've been up here, it was a little bit colder that right now," said Carlos Torres, of Lancaster. His last visit was 10 years ago.

"The weather is gorgeous and we thought it would be a great opportunity to come and see the geese and not freeze our butts off," added Tabor.

The geese seem to be taking advantage of the weather, too. This year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said it expects migration to be more spread out and peak sooner.

This allows admirers to time to watch and perhaps pass along a new tradition to younger generations like Tabor's sons.

"They seem to really be enjoying it," she told 69 News. "I saw them taking pictures, too, which they don't normally do, so I think they were pretty excited about it."

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