Warmer temperatures have brought thousands of migrating snow geese back to the lake at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Counts dwindled to just 1,500 birds when the lake was almost completely frozen over late last week, but Monday’s count had an estimated 115,000 snow geese, 3,750 tundra swans, and 1,500 Canada geese, the Pennsylvania Game Commission posted on its website.
Thousands of snow geese could be seen Tuesday on video from a live streaming camera at Middle Creek.
The 6,000-acre wildlife area in Lancaster and Lebanon counties is an annual destination for the waterfowl as they migrate north to their breeding grounds.
The game commission estimated 105,000 snow geese were at Middle Creek before last week’s snowstorm and cold temperatures.