[Tweeters] RE: Snohomish Valley snow geese question

Meg Matthews megmm at uw.edu
Tue Dec 22 16:23:36 PST 2015


Back around 2007, you could go down to the ponds and to Shadow Lake (at the Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve) at sunset and watch the snow geese fly in to sleep there. Not sure if that’s still a spot they use, but it was very popular at the time—took close to an hour for everyone to come in and get settled.

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>Message: 15

>Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:52:33 -0800

>From: Rick Taylor <taylorrl at outlook.com>

>Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Snohomish Valley snow geese question

>To: "'Jeff Gibson'" <gibsondesign at msn.com>, "'Rob Sandelin'"

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>Tweeters,

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>I checked the National Audubon CBC database for Snow Geese. It has data

>going back to 1974. 1974 through 1987 Snow Geese were present each year and

>averaged 4916 per year over the 14 years. 1993 - 2006 they were only seen

>in 4 years with a high count of 3. 2007-2014 they are present again but

>only average 826 per year over the 8 year period.

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>Rick

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>Rick Taylor

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>Everett, WA

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>From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu

>[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Jeff Gibson

>Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 8:49 AM

>To: Rob Sandelin <robsan668 at gmail.com>; tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Snohomish Valley snow geese question

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>Rob, and Tweeters

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>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.

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>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.

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>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.

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>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.

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>Jeff Gibson

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>Port Townsend Wa

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>From: robsan668 at gmail.com <mailto:robsan668 at gmail.com>

>To: tweeters at u.washington.edu <mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 02:25:31 -0800

>Subject: [Tweeters] Snohomish Valley snow geese question

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>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.

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>Rob Sandelin

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>Snohomish County

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>Message: 16

>Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:33:04 +0000 (UTC)

>From: B B <birder4184 at yahoo.com>

>Subject: [Tweeters] Yellow Billed Loo Trip Is Full

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> The boat trip I posted about a few days ago is now tentatively full.?? 20 birders are "onboard" for the December 31st departure out of Sequim.?? Often there are cancellations and changes and if any occur I will post on tweeters to let others who may be interested know.

>Thanks to all who have responded.

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>Subject: [Tweeters] Make that YELLOW BILLED LOON Trip...Sorry

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>Message: 18

>Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:19:07 +0000

>From: Bob <rflores_2 at msn.com>

>Subject: [Tweeters] Re: [obol] Clark Co BL Kittiwake #227

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>Thanks to Jay and Beverly for such quick contact letting me know about this bird. I spoke with Jay about the location last seen and walked the railroad tracks to the area. I walked down to the river via a vacant lot and walked 30 yards up stream and spooked it accidentally. I was hoping to get a photo I did not. The bird flew along the shoreline towards the I205 bridge. I had seen a large group of gulls along the shore at the bridge so it could be there. I spooked it at around 11:00 am. I parked near the Riverside Point condos then walked the tracks from there. I205 has a walking lane so there should be a way to get to the bird if it is there.

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>Thanks again to Jay and Beverly.

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>Bob Flores

>Ridgefield, WA

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>> On Dec 22, 2015, at 09:22, Jay Withgott <withgott at comcast.net> wrote:

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>> Watching BlackLegged Kittiwake on washington side of river from broughton beach right now. was at Wintler Park and hopscotched upriver to two docks east of wintler ..... Now have lost the bird as i tried to type this msg. Could someone put this on tweeters and notify bob flores, who i think is dping a clark co big year, right?

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>> Jay Withgott

>> Portland

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