The Snow Geese overwinter in Skagit Valley - just south of us. We've never seen them this early. Don decided he wanted to go check and see if they were here for the winter. I doubted that they would be - but it is a fun adventure - so we set off after he got off work early. Down to Fir Island - about 20 miles south of us - we decided to take the back route and drove along the dike next to the river.
We heard something. Geese? Snow Geese? So far away sounding - probably not. Continue around the dike - some farmers out in the rain trying to drain water off their potato fields so they can harvest - no Snow Geese. Drive farther - I'm sure I hear Snow Geese - they sound like they are in the sky. Nothing yet. On past the dike - onto the main road - still I hear the geese. Still I don't see them. Closer - I hear them coming closer - the sky is grey and cloudy - spitting rain - no Snow Geese.
I can hear them - I can I can - and then - and then - and then
Flocks and flocks of Snow Geese - coming in from the north - they are here!!!!
Settling into the harvested corn fields - rest at last.
Here they come - flooding in from the north - some flapping their wings slowly - are they tired? Down they drift. They come in flocks - one large flock after another.
The noise is deafening as more and more flocks come in
The first Snow Geese of the season - and we were there to watch them landing. What a thrill.