Viewing 1.3+ Million Birds

1.3+ million Snow Geese in one area? This sounds like a road trip.

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Squaw Creek NWR) is located outside of Mound City in northwestern Missouri. It is well-known for its huge concentrations of Snow Geese during both the fall and spring migrations.

It is an impressive spectacle to see tens of thousands of Snow Geese take wing when a Bald Eagle cruises low over these birds resting on water. You would think there would be a lot of geese injured in this mayhem. But oddly enough, crashes between birds are rare. They are well adept at avoiding collision with neighboring birds.

A large flock of Snow Geese erupts from the wetland when a threat, such as a Bald Eagle, is detected.

There are several color variations of Snow Geese. When looking at large flocks, you will notice both white birds and dark birds. Both are Snow Geese. The dark ones are referred to as a blue-morph. And yes, the white and dark birds do inter-breed.

It is very common for a flock of Snow Geese to contain both white-morph and blue-morph birds.
The white-morph snow goose it mostly white with black wing tips.

The blue-morph birds are the same size and shape as the white birds. Their bodies are variably dark and they have a white head. Note the variability in white and dark on these two blue-morph birds.

Some estimates put the population of Snow Geese at 16 million birds across our continent.

Waterfowl is on the move. Keep your eye on the sky and look over water bodies for various types of geese and ducks.

4 thoughts on “Viewing 1.3+ Million Birds”

  1. Beautiful snow geese..thanks for sending these. Hope you break ground on your new home soon. Happy spring to you and hope to see progress photos of your building project as well.

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