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February in the Skagit Valley

February 14, 2014

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As I look out my window while washing dishes or when in the Needlework Studio downstairs, I get a superb view of hundreds of Trumpeter swans eating in the fields. The winter swan population is approximately 8,400 in Skagit County, with most of them right here near Mount Vernon.  Two kinds of swans visit  western Washington – the Trumpeter Swan and the Tundra swan. They both winter here and spend the summer in Alaska, northern British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory in Canada.  See pictures of Trumpeter Swans here.  Swans in other parts of the world such as Great Britain have a very long and unique history with swan upping every year along the Thames.  Leslie Christian created designs inspired from these swans and their identification markings.  There are hundreds of snow geese down the road from us.  Anybody visiting this area will still be able to get a wonderful view of both the swans and the snow geese until the end of February. Here’s a utube video that shows the impact of  the geese.  Gail

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2014 10:11 pm

    Your photos of winter in the Skagit Valley are all the more appreciated since I was just there to see it all!

  2. Diane Mularz permalink
    February 15, 2014 10:21 pm

    Swans have always been one of my favorite animals – so graceful. You are lucky to have them in your backyard to enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

  3. February 17, 2014 7:52 pm

    I missed the snow geese this year – wish I could have been there to see them in person and enjoy the serene surroundings of the center.

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