Sandhill Cranes, Grus canadensis are impressive birds with a wingspan of about 6 feet and standing about 4.5-5 feet tall. Bosque del Apache generally hosts over 10,000 individuals during the period of Nov.-Feb. and the birds are easy to observe and photograph on the refuge.
The snow goose, Chen caerulescens, is found in high numbers at Bosque del Apache in the winter. The large flocks of the white and blue morph arean impressive sight on the ponds and in the fields. Most impressive are the "puffs" or "blastoffs" when thousands of geese take off, the sight and sound is something you will never forget.
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