COLUMBUS-- An impressive number of geese took to the skies Wednesday afternoon, creating quite a stir.

Thousands of geese making their way back north from winter holiday and seemed to replace the clouds. One of the biggest places they hit was Lake Esther next to Columbus Community Hospital.

The fowl spent several minutes collecting food and taking a dunk in the lake before moving on to their next source of nutrients.

Mike Torres of Columbus said he had never seen such a thing before.

“It was like that Alfred Hitchcock movie today,” Torres said. “But this time I wasn’t so scared. The birds were everywhere, and so was what they left behind.”

The spring months seem to be the best time to see such a flock of our sky fellows. Andrea Yutt of the Nebraska Wildlife Association said this has to do with migration and survival.

“Every year, the geese swarm up together and travel to any pond they can,” Yutt said. “This is really common as the birds fly back north each spring. What they’re doing is just getting the first fish and other water-life they can before moving back to their regular habitats. Think of it as being first in line for the buffet.”

Warmer temperatures will keep the influx of birds and other migratory fowl at bay, as they tend to spread out as the year progresses.

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