On a recent trip to eastern Pennsylvania, I made an impromptu stop at Middle Creek Wildlife Management area on my way home. I had originally scheduled this visit east to try to catch the peak of the snow geese/tundra swan migration. Unfortunately for me, this year and last had early peaks so my timing was off. And this year, there was a nor'easter in the mix at the time of my visit too. So before I had left on the trip, I had decided to skip Middle Creek this year, and try to plan a more flexible itinerary for next year. It was a gorgeous day on my return home. I was driving across Pennsylvania on the turnpike and started to think of some detours I could take to enjoy the great weather and countryside. I decided there really wasn't anything to lose by detouring by Middle Creek, who knows, maybe i'd catch some kind of interesting bird of some kind. I was glad I took the detour. Since the stop was unplanned, I did not have the equipment with me that I would have wanted and didn't get the photos I would have wanted, but it was a worthwhile scouting trip.
My visit to Middle Creek in 2017 was after the peak as well. Last year I did go at sunrise. After sunrise and some time the birds lifted off the lake and headed out of site to fields to feed. From everything I've read is they generally return before sunset to roost for the night. So I was not expecting to see many birds on the lake since I was getting there mid morning. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a little gathering. And for the time I was there, the birds were returning in small groups at a time, adding to the congregation on the lake. I wasn't long before I experienced a 'lift and shift', where the birds lift up off the water, and shift themselves to another location. (It is quite a sight to see/hear).
This happens over the course of a few minutes, and then they all settle back down on the water (but are still pretty noisy)
It was such a beautiful day, I waited around a little longer to see if it would happen again, and about 30 minutes later it did.
All photos taken with a Canon 6d and EF 24-70mm f2.8L
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