Today was a busy day - we left early to stop and pick up one color of yarn I needed for a craft project - then on the road, to the butcher in Stanwood (about an hour south of here), then lunch with friends and a good shopping at a big thrift store in Stanwood. (More about the thrift store another day).
We picked up our order from the butcher (we go about every 6 months), had a great lunch at an old fashioned cafe with old fashioned prices and absolutely delicious food - and then after the thrift shop we all headed home. We took the back roads - looking for Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans - and for a long time we didn't see any - then just before we got to Bow and Edison we saw some circling - ready to land. A quick turn down a narrow road - and there they were. A very small flock - well actually two very small flocks - one of Snow Geese and one of Trumpeter Swans - mixed together.
The Snow Geese will fly up and land again - over and over. They are in a plowed over corn field - eating what they can find there.
It was a cloudy day, but they still showed up against the gray clouds. They have beautiful black tips on their wings
Coming in for a landing
The black feathers on their wings look like fingers
Look out below!
A little fuzzy - but I love the position of the wings and feet as he prepares to land.
Mixed in with the Snow Geese are Trumpeter Swans - which are much larger. The brown on the face of the swan is from contact with ferrous minerals in the soil .
Stretching their wings - the wingspread of a Trumpeter Swan can reach up to 8 feet and the average male weighs 26 pounds, average female 22 pounds. Compared to the smaller Snow Geese, which weigh 3 to 7 pounds, with a wingspread of 4.5 feet
The Trumpeter Swans don't fly as often as the Snow Geese - but they are majestic when they fly
And just down the road - was a hawk on a pole
What a day!