Gray/brown goose with black head, neck and tail. It has white from ear to ear stretching under its beak. This bird has a small white mark above the eye. The fourth image shows the "V" formation in flight. The last shows its droppings. I was thinking perhaps this is has some Branta canadensis maxima in it causing the white above the eye but I'm not sure.
City Park lake in Fort Collins. "This species is native to North America. It breeds in Canada and the northern United States in a variety of habitats. Its nest is usually located in an elevated area near water such as streams, lakes, ponds and sometimes on a beaver lodge. Its eggs are laid in a shallow depression lined with plant material and down. The Great Lakes region maintains a very large population of Canada Geese." - Wikipedia
When I was little, there use to be enormous flocks of these geese that would darken the sky enough to make people stop walking and look up. They're considered a pest leaving droppings everywhere and bacteria growing in it. They're also very loud, especially in large numbers.
Lat: 40.58, Long: -105.10
Spotted on Jan 6, 2012
Submitted on Jan 12, 2012
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