Thursday, March 11, 2010

Snow Goose Migration

Found out the snow geese were migrating up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and wanted to see something of that magnitude, so waited for a nice day to go. Wednesday was the day, drove south about 3 hours and found them.



From what I have researched, our leg of their journey is nothing compared to the millions found more west, but with what I witnessed, I couldn't fathom what that could even be like.



They started to come in, flying over our heads in small flocks to the far side of the giant lake...



There were 100,000 estimated on 1 day, and on this day, they were estimating 300,000. We got there around noon, so the lighting was harsh but you get the picture...



The swarm of geese was amazing! They would move with such a fluid motion! At one point, geese were flying in 2 different directions. The band of birds stretched to a thin string and finally broke off, with geese flying opposite ways. That didn't last long, as they flew back together into a tight ball-o-geese.





The only thing that would have made this a better experience, would be if we were enveloped in the madness!


10 comments:

Willard said...

Excellent photos! We have the same situation at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, which is a 2hr. drive from home. I had a trip planned for Sunday morning, but now they are calling for rain. There are Tundra Swans there also, along with a lot of other migratory waterfowl.

Richard said...

Never seen that many geese at one time. How would you like to be the Air Traffic Controller on this mob.

Rick Kratzke said...

Now that is a lot of geese. If I was there you can bet I would have something over my head.

Montanagirl said...

Wow, I have never seen so many geese. I did read in the paper yesterday, however, that the big migration flocks are starting to arrive at Freezeout Lake over near Choteau, Montana. I guess it's quite a sight to behold.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW!!! I have to wonder who counts these birds,it seems like an educated guess.This is truly a spectacle,thanks for sharing this.
Blessings,Ruth

jalynn01 said...

Wow! Holy Geese! Like someone else said I would have something over my head and gee...what an air traffic nightmare to see that many in the air flying toward you...
Great photos.... as always.

Nick S said...

An amazing sight, and one I have seen myself a few times over here. :-)

spirit traveler said...

Beautiful. I live in southern Louisiana where rice was grown by most farmers. Since rice is no longer profitable, the numbers of geese has dwindled. When I saw your photo, I immediately heard the sound. Thank You

Bird Girl said...

Oh my goodness, Hannibal! That is amazing - looks more like a plague of Biblical proportion than a flock of snow geese! I bet you needed some ear plugs, too. And if you were enveloped I'm sure you'd have been pooped all over ;-) Great and fun sighting!

Eve said...

Wow what magnitude!! I've seen 10,000 but wow that's amazing Hannibal! Great photos!