Saturday, November 2, 2013

No. 228 Birds of Skagit Valley Basin

It is time for another seasonal change. The fall colored leaves are falling to the ground and piling up in the driveway, the days are shorter and days increasingly colder and windy. Also traffic in and around shopping areas is increasing for the holiday shopping rush.

But us humans are not the only ones getting ready for a season change. Wildlife must prepare itself for the long winter as well. Around your home and in your neighborhood you may have noticed more squirrel activity and also some increased sighting of birds.
Washington State is an important stop for migrating bird species flying south for the winter. 
The Skagit Valley Basin lies along the Pacific Flyaway path for migrating birds flying south to California and Mexico for the winter and return north for the breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska. 

Spend some time around La Conner, Anacortes, Mount Vernon and Burlington farm lands and you will start to see more and more numbers of hawks, eagles, owls and other birds of prey as they arrive in Washington State.
Here are the first arrivals for the winter 2013-2014

Snow Geese arrival Mount Vernon, WA 2013
Snow Geese arrive in Mount Vernon along Pioneer Hwy
Pioneer Highway Farm house and a large flock of Snow Geese
I just flew in from Canada and boy are my wings tired
Snow Geese arrive in Mount Vernon, WA October 2013
Thousands of Snow Geese migrate to Skagit County for the winter 
Stalker from above.
Northern Harrier Hawks are also here in numbers
Harrier Hawk on the prowl
Harrier Hawk swoops low and silent over a field 
Northern Harrier Hawk in low level hunt mode Please Support Puget Exposure 

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