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News Journal: Where have all the snow geese gone in Delaware?

Massive flocks of snow geese honking overhead, gliding onto farm fields and feeding in tidal marshes have been a sign of winter in Delaware for more than three decades. But not this year. The birds, which normally arrive in late October in numbers so impressive they attract tourists from around the world, didn't show up in October. They weren't really here in November or December, either.

Finally, at the end of January, they started to arrive but not in the huge numbers normally seen in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. There aren't many in Pennsylvania either.

No one is certain why the birds appear to be shifting their winter habitat and altering their migration patterns.