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In the past week or so i been seeing flocks of geese of about 10 to 30 birds why? Are they non breeders or all males or birds that didnt produce a gosslings thats the only ideas i have mybe you can help.
 

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<P>It is called a molt migration.&nbsp; They are preparing for the molt by relocating to an area that supplies their needs.&nbsp; Most are non-breeding birds.&nbsp; Here in WNY we see large concentrations of these birds.&nbsp; Some of the banding &amp; satillite studies show that a fair number of these birds actually move as far north as the traditional nesting areas long after the nesting birds have moved north an reproduced.&nbsp; Jim</P>
 

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<P>Jim is right on with his reply.&nbsp; The non-breeding birds assemble into large groups, (safety in numbers), to wait out the molt.&nbsp; That is the reason you will have a period of time from early June though most of the summer you do not see flocks of bird in the air.</P>
 

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<P>I think you are right on Stan.&nbsp; While I am no biologist, I believe there is inbreeding among molt migrants going north and mingling with Ontario birds, as well as birds moving laterally.&nbsp; Last year during early season, John shot a collared bird with no leg&nbsp;band that had been collared in Illinois!</P>
 
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