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MTSN
03-19-2013, 05:43 PM
On Saturday morning (3/16) My girlfriend and I were driving over Loveland to go skiing, and right as we got to the top of the pass where you can park at the divide, I was shocked to see a formation of about 9 Canadian geese flying about 50 feet away from the car heading OVER the pass going deeper into mountains. It was snowing a decent bit, and I was so surprised my brain didn't catch up quick enough to snap a pic. My question is - is that normal behaviour for geese this time of year? I honestly didn't know they could fly that high considering my quick interwebs searches say they can only fly about 9,000 feet, and we saw them at a good 12,100 feet. My girlfriend was really sad because she thought they were lost and flying the wrong direction. I said they take turns leading and soon enough one of the females would take charge and turn them back around :D Either way, I'm curious if any of you know if this is typical of the Canadian goose!

PS - obviously not my pic, but this is the type I'm referring to:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4e/Canada-Goose-Szmurlo.jpg

Fishy
03-19-2013, 06:44 PM
I'm not sure about the website that says they only fly at 9000ft, I've had pilots report them over 15,000 before.

It may have been 9000ftAGL (Above Ground Level). You saw them flying at 12100 MSL (Mean Sea Level), but probably only 1000 feet above terrain.

I doubt they were lost. They can navigate at night, in the snow. This is their migration time too.

MTSN
03-20-2013, 08:05 AM
That's pretty incredible! Thanks for the response!

corsair23
03-20-2013, 11:56 AM
Pretty :cool: - I wouldn't have figured on seeing Geese flying over the pass either.

I've had a similar question about seagulls being in CO since we don't have any large bodies of water - Just the other day there were about 10 of them flying near my house...Just seems odd to have them in CO although I know they are here and have been.

subzali
03-20-2013, 12:29 PM
There's lots of types of gulls...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gull

J Kimmel
03-20-2013, 12:32 PM
I doubt they were lost. They can navigate at night, in the snow. This is their migration time too.

That right there is really impressive. If only my wife had such navigational prowess...