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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Snow Geese Are Back

Last weekend we had the one last fabulous day of summer - and since then - rain.  I love the rain - but I love the surprise sunny days just before the rains start for autumn and winter in NW Washington.  

We took advantage of the nice weather last Sunday and drove down to Skagit Valley to see the Snow Geese.  My last post has lot of info about the Snow Geese - so I won't repost that - just some photos of them.  You can read the Snow Goose information by clicking "older post" at the end of this post.  We were really fortunate - there were flocks and flocks of Snow Geese right along the hiway on Fir Island - cars stopping on both sides of the road to look at the geese and take photos.






They would fly up and settle back down - sometimes in the same flock - sometimes in a flock down the road a ways.


They never seem to land on top of each other - good radar I suppose


When someone would get out of their car and move quickly the geese would all look in that direction and move away from the road - getting farther and farther away .  Hint - slow movements don't alarm the geese.
 


The darker variation of the Snow Geese are called Blue Geese - two Blue Geese mating will have Blue Geese - a Blue Goose and a Snow Goose mating can have both Blue and Snow Goslings
















 

 



17 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous photography of nature's beautiful geese ~ What a 'gaggle' of them!

Happy Week ahead for you >
artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The snow geese sure do flock in numbers and make an impressive display in a field. We'll have lots of Canada geese flock in fields but not in large groups like the snow geese.
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are amazing! It makes you so thankful to have a camera that you can take tons of photos of such a spectacular scene! I'm in AWE!!! Hugs, Diane

Kay said...

Phew! It's hard to imagine so many of them but you certainly managed to get good shots!

Mary said...

They are so beautiful, and there are so MANY! What amazing photos, Jo Ann. Every single one!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome scenes! Seeing these large flocks is amazing.. They are beautiful birds. Great photos and mosaics.. Have a happy week!

The Furry Gnome said...

Wow! That's a lot of geese!

Lorrie said...

Snow Geese are so bright in the fields. They don't usually come to our island, but I've seen them on the mainland - beautiful birds. These are really great photos, JoAnn, so glad you shared them with us.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

JoAnn, what amazing creatures and such beautiful photos. You have so much to see where you are..Happy Monday..Judy

Julie Fukuda said...

Winter visitors are such fun to greet. I haven't had time yet to check them out.

J said...

I never thought of that - they don't land on top of each other! You're right. Perfect radar!

Cindy said...

These are amazing birds, fun that they can all choose a spot to land and not on each other as you say. These are fantastic photos, beautiful and such a good subject thanks for sharing

Montanagirl said...

Oh just look at all those Geese - you captured them beautifully!!

Donna said...

I have heard about their migration, but never saw them in person...so seeing them through your eyes was a treat.

Candy S said...

I am in awe of the huge quantity of geese that have migrated at the same time to settle in this field. So much of God's beauty all in one place. Beautiful photography!

Mary Cromer said...

These are incredible scenes, the geese are so beautiful!

Mary said...

We never see them around here - just the Canada geese who of course are less welcome, especially in people's gardens and in public places where they make such a mess.

These pics are just fantastic JoAnn - thanks so much for sharing and telling about the darker Blue Geese too. The skies were certainly full of winged beauties - were they crying out as they flew?

Hugs Mary -