Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Snow Geese

We missed this trip last March. Dad was very ill and wasn't up for the walk. This year he is miraculously back to health so we renewed our yearly visit to Middlecreek to see the migrating snow geese.

I really can't capture for you how wonderful it is to see this many birds in one place. We were there on Friday, March 10 and the numbers were around 100,000. Early this week they shot up to 150,000 (as of 3/14) but they won't stay much longer. They've got to get north!

We weren't the only ones there.
People with various interests in birds come to see the spectacle. Stand near someone with a really expensive looking scope on a tripod (not too close, you don't want to make them nervous if you have small children). Ask a few questions, like how many have you heard there are today? Have you seen anything unusual today? Once they know you are interested they'll usually tell you all kinds of things, like where to go to see some owls and where the geese were hanging out yesterday.

The most impressive part of the day is when an eagle flys over or some other animal or noise scares all of the geese into the air. So many birds in the air, flying over your head, honking like crazy. It won't be something you will soon forget. This is the best picture I could get. Not very dense with birds at that point, but you get the idea.
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  • At 4:48 PM, Blogger Sara Lewis said…

    Yes, we also like to go see the snowgeese when they are down here in Washington. This year there were a lot more than in previous years, and there was some good viewing even just from the highway. They are very impressive birds!


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