[Tweeters] Snohomish Valley snow geese question

Jeff Gibson gibsondesign at msn.com
Tue Dec 22 08:49:28 PST 2015


Rob, and Tweeters
Having lived in Everett since 1987, and being a reasonably perceptive naturalist, I first noted Snow Geese over Everett in January 2009, flying over the Anchor Pub. It was a bit of a surprise to me- I'd only seen them in the Skagit before. I've noted them flying over town every year since.
The great thing about Snow Geese, I.D.- wise, is that they are very loud - easily perceived even by men with some hearing loss, such as myself - and I frequently hear them flying over in dark cloudy conditions, invisible to the eye.
So 1/2009 is my earliest noted date. I have posted numerous times about what I call "commuter geese" - Snow Geese that, presumably are coming down from the Skagit in the early am, and back north in the evening. As I understand it, the geese "roost" out on the water at night, to avoid predators. My question is, do any of these Snohomish Valley geese (and I've seen flocks of several thousand, especially on the turf farms along Marsh Road) spend the night down in the Snohomish anywhere, or do they all do a daily commute? Maybe a Tweeter would know.
As for me, I've been moving out of Everett into new digs in Port Townsend and on every moving trip to Everett this past month I've heard and seen Snow Geese flying over the ol' north Everett homestead. Port Townsend has it's charms, but it ain't go no Snow Geese.
Jeff GibsonPort Townsend Wa




From: robsan668 at gmail.com
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 02:25:31 -0800
Subject: [Tweeters] Snohomish Valley snow geese question

Does anybody know about how long the flock of snow geese have been wintering in the Snohomish Valley area? The flock has grown over the years but I am curious about what year it started. Rob SandelinSnohomish County
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