The Yomiuri Shimbun BIBAI, Hokkaido — A large flock of greater white-fronted geese rest on Miyajimanuma pond in Bibai, Hokkaido, their final stop before migrating to breed in Russia’s Far East regions after passing the winter on the Honshu mainland.
About 85,820 of the birds were spotted on April 7, the largest number since observations began. Every morning they fly out from the pond in search of food, their dark silhouettes blotting out the sky and the air filled with the loud sound of their calls and flapping. In early evening, they return to the pond.
The birds are expected to head north in late April after they bulk up, according to the Miyajimanuma Waterbird and Wetlands Center. [Released on April 17, 2017]