[CT Birds] Migrating Brant

David Provencher hikerbirder1 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 1 20:36:35 EDT 2017


Good question Paul. Snow geese feed more terrestrially, meaning marshy
habitat and grasslands. Brant feed more aquatically. It may well be just
that the Arctic food source for Snow Geese is available sooner than the
Arctic food sources for Brant since the Brant need to wait for ice melt and
open water.

Dave Provencher

On Jun 1, 2017 8:14 PM, "Paul Desjardins via CTBirds" <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Concerning Stefan’s report today of migrating Brant at such a late date I
> have often wondered why Brant delay migrating up to the arctic. As everyone
> knows Snow Geese return to the arctic much sooner than Brant and yet both
> species nest at the same latitude. Does anyone have any insight as to why
> their migration schedules are so different?
>
> Paul Desjardins
> Windsor Locks
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