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    Posted March 12, 2013 by
    Wentzville, Missouri
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    Wintry weather

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    Snow Geese Invade Missouri


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     oddballz photographed these migrating snow geese in Wentzville, Missouri. He says the geese typically migrate through the area in flocks of 50 to 80, but this year there were thousands in the sky. "They were impossible to miss based on the sheer quantity," he says. His image was selected as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for March 21, 2013.
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    If you are a hermit and did not leave your house in the Saint Charles area the past couple of weeks, you may have missed the invasion of snow geese that flocked in by the thousands. This time of year (March through April), there are tens of thousands of Snow Geese moving through an area.

    The Snow Goose has two color plumage morphs, white (snow) or gray/blue (blue), thus the common description as snows and blues. White-morph birds are white except for black wing tips, but blue-morph geese have bluish-grey plumage replacing the white except on the head, neck and tail tip. The immature blue phase is drab or slate-gray with little to no white on the head, neck, or belly.

    Outside of the nesting season, they usually feed in flocks. In winter, snow geese feed on left-over grain in fields. They migrate in large flocks, often visiting traditional stopover habitats in spectacular numbers. Snow Geese often travel and feed alongside Greater White-fronted Geese; in contrast, the two tend to avoid travelling and feeding alongside Canada Geese, which are often heavier birds.

    Many more photos available at http://www.unfocussed.com/snow-geese-invade-wentzville-and-new-melle/
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