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That’s a lot of geese!

Snow Geese don’t spend much time in Colorado, only coming through in the early fall and late winter as they migrate. Last week I was at one of their stopover points, a lake northeast of Denver. They unfortunately kept their distance but that allowed me to capture images showing just how many there were. There had to be thousands of them and they were quite loud.

A massive gathering of Snow Geese at a lack on Colorado's plains as the birds head north for the spring and summer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A massive gathering of Snow Geese at a lack on Colorado’s plains as the birds head north for the spring and summer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A massive gathering of Snow Geese at a lack on Colorado's plains as the birds head north for the spring and summer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A massive gathering of Snow Geese at a lack on Colorado’s plains as the birds head north for the spring and summer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A massive gathering of Snow Geese at a lack on Colorado's plains as the birds head north for the spring and summer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A massive gathering of Snow Geese at a lack on Colorado’s plains as the birds head north for the spring and summer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Migrating Snow Geese join Canada Geese in flight

Northeast of Denver yesterday I watched huge masses of geese take flight. Wave after wave passed over, many landing in the nearby fields in such huge numbers they darkened the landscape. Most were Canada Geese but interspersed among them were small numbers of Snow Geese that stood out from the more dominant dark birds with their snow white plumage.

Here in Colorado, some Canada Geese are present year-round but during the winter their numbers swell as many migrate here for the colder months. Most locals tend to dismiss them and pay them little attention and oftentimes view them with disdain as they can be overwhelming (especially their poop!).

Snow Geese on the other hand only stop briefly while migrating to and from their summer homes at the farthest north reaches of North America. Few stay in Colorado for any length of time so it is a bit more unusual and fun to see their gorgeous white forms when they fly over.

Snow Geese and Canada Geese in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snow Geese and Canada Geese in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snow Geese and Canada Geese in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snow Geese and Canada Geese in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)