Saturday, April 17, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 383

 Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


Hello and happy Saturday!
 
 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

Hubby and I went to see the Snow Geese at the Middle Creek WMA near Stevens Pennsylvania. The visitor center was closed due to Covid but the motor tour was open. The beginning of March the Snow Geese can be seen in huge flocks migrating north. We saw thousands of Snow Geese,  lots of Tundra Swans and various ducks. I saw my first of the year Tree Swallows, some Eastern Bluebirds, Red-winged Blackbirds and I could hear Killdeer nearby. 

1. Below are the Snow Geese, Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Ring-necked Ducks, a cute Golden Doodle and a ground hog.

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2. A closeup of a few Snow Geese. It was noted on March 8th there were 120,000 Snow Geese and 1050 Tundra Swans. The numbers of birds sighted can change daily. 




3. Tundra Swans in flight. 




4. Groups after group of Snow Geese were flying in and landing on the lake.




5. A distant shot of the Snow Geese and lake.




6. The Snow Geese  were not social distancing. 




7. A few times the Snow Geese would lift off with a loud roar, only to land a few feet away.  




8. A group of Ring-necked ducks in front of the Snow Geese. 



Crowds of people from all over come to Middle Creek WMA in Lancaster County Pennsylvania to see these Snow Geese. Early March is the best time to see the migration of the spring waterfowl. 

 

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131 comments:

  1. Nice to see so many Snow geese. Awesome shot of the Tundra Swans in flight.

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      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  2. What a wonderful opportunity to see the migrating snow geese. A motor tour will be the safer alternative. We don't get to enjoy such opportunity here. Take care and stay safe.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      The motor tour are great!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Cloudai!
      I would love a Golden Doodle too.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  4. Amazing collections of photos.
    Have a nice weekend. Stay well.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  5. A magnificent sight to see thousands of Snow Geese Eileen. Nature is so wonderful. Thanks for hosting and always leaving comments on my posts stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      Nature is grand!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  6. Wow what an amazing sight! Excuse my ignorance but where are the snow geese going and where did they come from?

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    1. Hello Diane,
      The Snow Geese winter along the Atlantic Coast and spend their breeding summer time in the Arctic Tundra. Thanks for the comment and visit. Have a great day!

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  7. Lovely views of the migratory birds. The Snow geese are new to me. I am taking bird-watching tours with my husband too, this spring. It is a joy.
    Enjoy your weekend and stay well!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  8. Hari Om
    That is a very special sight! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam!
      Yes, it was a special sight to see.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  9. Hello Eileen.
    Wonderful amount of birds. Spring is such a joyful time, when you can see migratory birds again for a long time.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Anu!
      I am so happy to see you back posting again.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  10. it must be huge excitement to see such large number of geese flying around dear Eileen .
    me and hubby watch such videos fondly and today your post seems no different :)
    thank you for delightful glimpses ,i loved them all ,you are so lucky to have natural beauty in abundance around you :)
    blessings!

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    1. Thank you Baili!
      Yes, I do love seeing all the nature around us.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  11. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful photos from the lake. It's a huge numbers of geeses and swans. It must be a special to see so many birds at once.
    Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  12. An incredible sight to see all the snow geese gathered together. Nice Golden Doodle, I have a friend who has one just like the one in the photo. Have a great day and weekend and thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      The Golden Doodles are so cute and friendly.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  13. Amazing to see huge flocks of birds!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  14. LOL, I would really want to see all those Snow geese in action. If Covid ever calmes down I see if there is a possible to go see them. I doubt it but one can wish. Right? Nice see the Tree Swallow and Eastern Bluebird too. I think we have to wait another month before any swallow arrives.
    Take care!

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      I would enjoy showing you my favorite birding spots.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  15. Wow Eileen, those Snow Geese are amazing! I can't believe there are so many, it must be quite a sight to see them all take off. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Thank you Rain!
      Yes, the Snow Geese migration is amazing to see.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  16. An almost unbelieveable sight!

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      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  17. Adorei! Mágica vidsão essa, belos gansos tão bem fotografados! Lindo liugar! beijos, ótimo fds! chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  18. wow .... wonderful images...
    I never seen that a lot of snow geese in nature ....

    Have a wonderful weekend

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    1. Thank you Tanza!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  19. the ring necks appear to be ostracized, ha ha and looks like zillions of geese.. wow. i would love to have a flock of doodle birds in our yard. Beau might not though. ha ha

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    1. Thank you Sandra!
      A doodle bird or doodle dog?
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Ritta!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  21. ...Eileen, you sure found a bunch of feathered friends, I only found a pair! Thanks for hosting and I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  22. The massive numbers is just amazing to me! By the time they get here, the geese, especially, are splitting up. Thanks for hosting! We're off to get our vaccines. Talk to you on the other side!

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      Good luck with the vaccine, I hope all goes well.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  23. The seasonal migrations of swans and geese are truly among the great spectacles of nature. The swans move through southern Ontario in great numbers, but not the geese, unfortunately. I have to travel to see them and of course that is out of the question during COVID.

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    1. Thank you David!
      I am glad we have choices of places to visit during these Covid times.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  24. I have never seen such a flock. They must be a thing of beauty to behold. I would love to see them one day. The ducks don’t appear to mind being around them.

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      The Snow Geese are a beautiful sight to see.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you William!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  26. Beautiful shots Eileen and definitely no social distancing happening there! Happy Saturday, enjoy the weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you Martha!
      LOL, no they are not capable of keeping a distance.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  27. What fascinating sights! I can imagine the noise as well! Have a great weekend, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  28. Beautiful photos of these lovely critters, Eileen. My fave is the swans in flight!

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    1. Thank you Nick!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  29. I hope one day to visit in person. Nice photos!

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      I think you would love to see these geese, they are a sight to see.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  30. How amazing to see flocks this HUGE! WOW! I'm glad you drove over to take pics to share! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  31. My favorite is that sweet canine critter. He's cute as can be!

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      I love the dog too.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  32. PS: Thank you for hosting, Eileen. Have a great new week!

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    1. Thanks again Nick!
      Have a great new week ahead!

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  33. WoW!! what an incredible number of snow geese, it almost looks like snow, perhaps that is how they got their name!! i wonder how they come up with a definitive number of geese?? gorgeous flight capture of the tundra swans, i don't see those here!!

    me. poodle stole the show in your first collage, what a cutie!! many thanks for hosting eileen, the weather is suppose to be beautiful, enjoy the weekend!!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!
      I think they try counting by groups, ten or more at a time. It has to be hard to count, they move. Could be just an estimate. The dog was adorable. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  34. Beautiful photo mosaic! I have never seen that many birds together in one spot. What an experience for you.

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn! It is so nice to see a post from you!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  35. Snow geese are awesome with such huge flocks. One time my bird group ran into a flock of snow geese and stayed the whole afternoon to watch them.

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    1. Thank you Red! We stay for a couple of hours watching them from different spots.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  36. Ha, You had me thinking there Eileen. What on earth is a "golden doodle"? I don't think we have them here yet but I wouldn't be surprised. Those are tremendous photos of the throngs of geese and swans and I'm glad it wasn't my job to count them on the day of your visit. It was a great day out for you both. Thanks for the usual link up today.

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    1. Thank you Phil!
      The Golden Doodles are part Golden Retriever and part poodle. They do not shed, which makes them very popular.
      We did have a great day! Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  37. So much fun watching the Snow Geese----noisy guys!! LOL
    They show up here in April and stay until March-April and now have all winged North
    MB

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  38. The dog looks very much like my daughter’s Golden Doodle, Lucy.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Florence!
      The dog was so cute.
      Happy weekend!

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  39. Fabulous! An incredible sighting!!! Enjoy your weekend Eileen and thank you for sharing these :)

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    1. Thank you Denise!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  40. I have never seen such large groups of birds, Eileen! it must be amazing and the sound of them all flying would be wonderful. I really must go to a migration site some time when we can be out and about again.

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      The sound was incredible.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  41. Been visiting the links today & wanted to stop and thank you for hosting. Have a blessed weekend & happy birding.

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      It is nice to see you linking up your post.
      Have a great weekend!

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  42. Lovely pictures of snowgeese.
    Thank you for hosting.
    Stay in health, Eileen, xoxo

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    1. Thank you Klara!
      Take care, have a happy day!
      I wish you a great new week ahead!

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  43. A beautiful of birds, especially the Snow Geese, Tree Swallows, Tundra Swans, they are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Bob! Take care, have a happy day!
      I wish you a great new week ahead!

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  44. <3 <3 <3 Eileen! You always show us so wonderful bird-photos. The pic of the Tundra Swans in flight is stunning. And I am so happy to see a nice Golden Doodle here: Two of my friends have Golden Doodles (called Masha and Emily, mother and daughter - click here to see them: https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2020/08/so-fresh-ein-frisches-date-in-wien.html
    Happy weekend and hugs,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/04/sonnengelbe-tage-stift-gottweig-co.html

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    1. Thank you Traude! I do love the cute Golden Doodles.
      Take care, have a happy day! I wish you a great new week ahead!

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  45. The swans in flight are awesome!!

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Take care, have a happy day!
      Have a great new week ahead!

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  46. I am very happy to be able to comment back on your blog with interesting pictures, after previously I looked for the comments column but could not find it.
    As usual, your entry this time is also equipped with an impressive images.
    Happy Sunday, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit!
      I wish you a great new week ahead!

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  47. So many snow geese! You picture of them in flight is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Take care, have a happy day! I wish you a great new week ahead!

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  48. The swans in flight & the number ofsnow geese are incredible.
    We all at IRBB send thanks to you for letting us view your blog post!!

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      Take care, have a happy day!
      Have a great new week ahead!

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  49. Looks absolutely a majestic show of snow geese taking off and landing, and its lovely capture on birds in groups and individual! Glad the roadways to parks are opened there. Here the tourist places and natural parks are slowly shutting down as cases of covid are going out of control. I hope the situation is far better where you living. Take care

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    1. Thank you Jeevan! Take care, have a happy day!
      I wish you a great new week ahead!

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  50. Amazing photos of the snow geese. Really fascinating. I also love the photo of the tundra swans in flight - just beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Susie!
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  52. Hi Eileen, the snow geese are wonderful, love your Tundra flying shot...excellent. A huge flock like that can make quite a sound as they go overhead, its a thrill. Hope your Sunday is peaceful.

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    1. Thank you Sondra! The Snow Geese were very loud!
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  53. I'm sorry I'm late with my comment, but I so enjoyed visitig with the snow geese. I don't think I've ever seen one, let alone so many of them. The raven is the dominant bird around my place, the one seen and noticed most often, but we have a large variety of birds. House finches nest under my roof, scrub jays, mountain bluebirds, and, of course, the California quail. I'm not that good at taking their picture though.

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    1. Thank you Inger! The Raven is a cool bird, we have more crows around here.
      It sounds like you see a nice variety of birds around your place.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  54. What an amazing photos from lake Dear friend! They are all beautiful. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy day!

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      Take care, have a happy day!

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  56. Hi Eileen! Once again, I am in awe of your amazing pictures and the places you go to get these incredible photos! How wonderful to be able to see these beautiful birds who know the direction of their flight, and their destination that is so instinctual. ❤

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  57. Lovely shots! Have a great week.

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      Take care, have a happy day!

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  58. I love the photos of the swans in flight! And how I love seeing snow geese. I can almost hear the roar you speak of...

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    1. Thank you Rose!
      The sounds from the Snow Geese was so loud, it is amazing to hear it in person.
      Have a great day!

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  59. It's always amazing to see those snow geese! You got some great shots! Hope this new week is a good one for you.

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  60. Hi Eileen!
    I love the snow geese and swans. When I was a little girl I used to collect swan figurines as I loved books with swan stories and illustrations in them. We have been having snowfalls here and the weather is very changeable. Spring is taking its time t appear in Colorado!

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  61. Eileen, I cannot even phathom seeing that many Snow Geese!!! Absolutely breathtaking...jp

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  62. Hello Eileen, I hope you had a lovely weekend and the new week has started well for you.
    Another great selection of photographs, amazing to see the Tundra Swans in flight.
    Take care and stay well.

    All the best Jan

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  63. Hi Eileen.. Beautiful set of pictures... Have a great week... Cheers

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    1. Thank you Juliet!
      The Snow Geese are amazing to see!
      Have a great weekend!

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  65. Eileen - I love the second photo after the mosaic - the geese in formation - stunning! Happy Earth Day and enjoy your weekend!

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  66. Another fabulous group of pictures, the snow geese are wonderful.

    Hugs Diane

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  67. Wonderful Eileen...love,y to have them fairly close to home. We saw the snow geese fall migration in New Mexico once on our RV travels , a highlight!

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