Date: 10/17/20 3:16 pm From: Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson...> Subject: [Tweeters] still more Snow Geese--and other large white birds
Just to keep the Snow Goose thread going, Netta Smith and I saw about 100 flying east over Possession Point State Park at the south end of Whidbey Island just after 10 am this morning, heading toward Snohomish County. Later in the morning, from 11:30-12:15, we encountered many more of them at Deer Lagoon on Whidbey. Flocks would come in from the northwest and land near a sheet of white geese resting at the west end of the lagoon. Then a flock would take off from that sheet and come right over us, heading east. Flock after flock went over, certainly totaling 500 birds, and there could well have been more.
More surprising, we saw a flock of about 25 American White Pelicans feeding in a channel in Useless Bay over to the west. I thought they had all gone. And an amazing total of about 1,000 American Wigeons were feeding on the mudflats in Useless Bay at a very low tide. They were constantly flying back and forth from Deer Lagoon into the bay.