Alaska AP News
Geese arrive earlier than expected in Fairbanks
The Associated Press
FAIRBANKS (April 10, 8:40 a.m. ADT) - Just one day after a dozen geese touched down in Delta Junction, six birds landed Wednesday at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, surprising some locals who say they arrived sooner than expected.
In fact, the geese got there well ahead of Kiwanis Club members, who planned to spread tons of barley on the fields for them Thursday night.
The birds seemed content to waddle around the partially plowed field Wednesday, climbing an occasional snowbank and pecking at freeze-dried barley in the dirt.
The first geese of the season were reported in Delta Junction on Tuesday and it usually takes about a week for the birds to make it to Fairbanks.
The average arrival of the first geese in Fairbanks, according to records dating back to 1976, is April 14 and the earliest arrival is April 5. Last year, the first geese at Creamer's Field weren't spotted until April 18, thanks in large part to a mid-April snowstorm that delayed migration.(more)
I thought cows and cats were supposed to be content. Geese are supposed to happy not to have to follow that loudmouth up front till fall.