Date: 1/22/20 7:33 pm From: Martha Jordan <mj.cygnus...> Subject: [Tweeters] While out swan counting...non swan encounters
This is official swan survey week for WDFW. While up in Skagit County yesterday I observed skeins and skeins of snow geese coming into a field east of I-5 near Conway. Likely about 15,000 or so finally settled in over a 20 minute period. I was parked on the road across a ditch from them. Suddenly the entire group erupted in voice and flight, typical of a predator response. I nearly had geese in my car. Truly a sight to behold. Then I drove around the corner to survey a small group of swans and encountered 5 bald eagles (2 ad, 3 juv) arguing over a dead snow goose. The juvies were winning but the ensuing tussles was well worth a 10 minute stop. The snow goose was devoured by then.
Today I was up in Whatcom County counting swans over near Everson. 1. A sandhill crane was among a small group of trumpeter swans off Holz Rd just sough of Van Dyk. Then off Lankhaar Rd (off Van Dyk) I saw a large group of cackler Canada geese (and a few larger ones) and 1 lovely adult white fronted goose.
And Monday in Snohomish County: a male Kestrel off Short School Rd south of Snohomish and a rough-legged hawk.
Tomorrow is King County: let the wonder of birding surprise me.