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When I have been near Searsville Lake in the early morning, I have heard the raucous honking of Canada geese as they assemble a flock, circle the lake once or twice, and take off over the dam to the north and east. I think that Searsville Lake is a safe place to spend the night -- and close enough to daytime hangouts. This morning I documented this. It took the geese some time in flight, to assemble a classic V shape.

Carl Cheney says:
"The Canada geese make a daily--or almost daily--round trip over our house in lower Ladera. We see or hear them most days, at least in good weather. If we hear them in time, we often step outside to watch their elegant fly-by.

"They sometimes visit Felt Lake, or at least horse-riding friends have reported them there. But they may also visit the Palo Alto and Mountain View baylands, where hordes of them hang out near the Shoreline lake and Michael's. "

Searsville Lake was awash in mist, before daybreak.

I also captured the valley oak near the Visitor Parking Lot, as the sun lit it for a new day. It is always thrilling, to have the sun come up, turning cold dawn into warm daylight.
Before SunriseFog on Searsville LakeFog on Searsville LakeSilhouettesFog on Searsville Lake from the DamThree Canada GeeseThree Canada Geese in FlightFog on Searsville Lake from the DamFog on Searsville Lake from the DamCanada Geese (Branta canadensis) Spend Overnight in Searsville LakeTakeoffTakeoff (2)Fog on Searsville Lake from the DamFog on Searsville Lake from the DamCanada Geese (Branta canadensis) in FlightCanada Geese (Branta canadensis) in FlightCanada Geese (Branta canadensis) in FlightV Begins to Take ShapeCanada Geese (Branta canadensis) in V-shaped FlightCanada Geese (Branta canadensis) in V-shaped Flight

Guestbook for 11/2/2016 Canada Geese leave their Overnight Refuge on Searsville Lake
marguerite stevens(non-registered)
Like Carl we see and hear the geese early - they are always a pleasure soon after dawn- thank you, Dan for more beautiful photos
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