Skagit Valley Daffodils and Snow Geese

Skagit Valley Daffodils and Snow Geese

Skagit Valley Daffodils, Skagit Valley Daffodils and Snow GeeseDaffodils Fields in the Skagit Valley  #50700

Daffodils and Snow Geese in the Skagit Valley, two sure signs that spring is here in the Northwest, even if the weather says it isn’t.

If you’re planning on visiting this famous destination in the coming weeks here is the latest report from RoozenGaarde. As you probably expected, blooms are a little behind schedule this year due to the prolonged cold weather.

snow geese, Skagit Valley Daffodils and Snow GeeseLarge flock of Snow Geese taking flight in the Skagit Valley  #15870

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Skagit Valley Snow Geese

Skagit Valley Snow Geese: Yesterday evening I went back down to the Skagit Valley for more Daffodil photography and came across a large flock of the Skagit Valley Snow Geese. They were perfectly framed with Mount Baker in the background. Most of the fields are still barren but in a few weeks they’ll start greening up, just before the snow geese head north for the summer. At that time a photographer will be kept very busy between the flocks of snow geese and the colorful tulips fields, all within minutes of each other. Just make sure you go on a weekday as traffic can be horrendous with very few places to legally pull off the road.

Oh, and please don’t try and stir up the flocks into flight for a dramatic photo, they need all their energy for the long trip to their breeding grounds in the arctic. If you wait long enough they’ll take to flight on their own to move to another field.

Mount Baker and Skagit Valley Snow Geese  #50680

Skagit valley Snow Geese #50680

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Skagit Valley Snow Geese

This winter there has been a lot of attention on the unusual amount of Snowy Owls migrating to the Pacific Northwest, but don’t forget that this is also prime viewing time for the migrations of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans. Like the annual Tulip Festival in April the Snow Geese are a prime attraction to the Lower Skagit Valley in Northwest Washington. From now until well into April huge flocks of these birds can be seen foraging in the farmlands west of the town of Mount Vernon, sometimes right alongside main roads.
If you make a trip to photograph these magnificent birds please remember that they are resting and foraging here to store energy for the long trip to the Arctic. Under no circumstances should you approach them or give cause to put the flocks in flight, this only causes undo stress on them and lessens their chance for survival.

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