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Snow Geese, swans there yet?

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Snow Geese, swans there yet?

Any large flocks east of La Conner or anywhere else?

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Green Valley...
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1. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

Not there this year (but lots in AZ).

Have you ever been to this Festival? Note the dates....

http://www.snowgoosefest.org/

You could call them re: flock status.

Edited: 03 February 2013, 21:11
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2. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

We have been seeing swans out here in the fields nearby on San Juan island. Not huge flocks but 6 to 10 together. A few groups of that size have been in the farm fields across the road and in other nearby fields like yesterday. We were gone for 5 weeks before this but friends tell me they have been around the island fields all winter.

Green Valley...
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3. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

"Not there this year (but lots in AZ)." Ouch!

What I meant was, not that the geese were not there this year, rather, WE are not there this year!!! This is certainly the season for them, good looks available, if present when you drive there, Fir Island and fields to the west and north.

Should be good raptor watch in that area as well as the Samish Flats.

Edited: 03 February 2013, 23:27
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4. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

Just got back, just small bunches (10 maybe) off in the far fields, went over to east Mt Vernon, not much there either.

Fields very muddy of course. Lots of bald eagles and hawks around.

I finally got the snow geese pun for Arizona, voyaging.

Seattle, Washington
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5. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

How about Port Susan this week-end for their festival. Any geese yet?

Seattle Times just showed Dunlins (sp?)

Thanks

Green Valley...
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6. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

We were pleasantly surprised to see several hundred Snow Geese among the thousands of Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw, AZ.

And they brought snow, perhaps an inch where we live south of Tucson. Naturally I took a photo of snow on the leaves of a Palm Tree (which are not native here, but over the years people planted the things).

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7. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

I went last weekend. As said just small pockets of swans. So dissapointing after the spectacal a couple of years ago.

Green Valley...
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8. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

Though this article, below, is just about a year old, it describes the reason for the decline in Snow Geese numbers which might match the reasons for the decline this year.

heraldnet.com/article/…701159983

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9. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

We saw thousands of snow geese today including a huge flock on the ground southeast of LaConner, near the intersection of Rawlins and Maupin. Also some decent numbers of swans. A great day!

I think it's just a matter of being lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

Edited: 17 February 2013, 08:55
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10. Re: Snow Geese, swans there yet?

I am glad you had sucess. Last weekend I drove all over the Skagit area and did not see a one. Same for a friend of mine a week earlier. Two years ago they were everywhere.

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