Gregarious is a good word to describe Canada Geese (Branta canadensis).  They like to gather together in groups with their own kind.  This is Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park.  Two years ago, they gathered together here to such an extent, the park had to close the swimming beach.  Too much you-know-what in the water.  After steps were taken (that we probably don't want to know about), the beach was reopened last summer.

Several collective nouns are used to described groups of geese like this:  flock, gaggle, blizzard, chevron, knot, plump and string.  I think it depends on whether the geese are flying, swimming or just hanging out together for some of these terms.  For example, a chevron of geese refers to the V-shaped formation they assume while flying.  I have seen blizzards of Snow Geese when 5,000 or 10,000 of them launch into flight.  It is truly a snowstorm.

As an experiment, this is the same photograph using the compressed .jpg format.  The first photo is in the uncompressed .png format.  I want to see if there is any difference between the 1.06 MB png photo vs. the 428 KB jpg version.  Different monitors will also produce different results.  I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can see a difference.  The smaller jpg photos will load much faster on web pages, but the png photos may look better.  Please let me know.


  1. "that we probably don't want to know about" - I shudder to think!

    Re- the two pics; on my monitor the jpeg is ever so slightly washed out and lighter when clicked to view larger, unclicked on the page the png has a little more contrast and depth of colour, not a lot in it though.


  2. To my untrained eye they look equivocal. Thanks for sharing. I frequent your blog and appreciate your love of nature and your points of view.

  3. To my untrained eye the first shot is a little cleaner, a little darker contrasts and better definition.....but who am I.

    The image on my blog is looking east on Bayview-Edison road. I'll try the other view. Thanks. MB


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