First day of 2015 and we are visiting the Skagit Flats, located just north of Mt. Vernon, Washington. Bordering Puget Sound and the Skagit River the surrounding lowlands are a prime wintering ground for waterfowl, raptors and other birds.
What a beautiful day to start the new year. First stop was to enjoy thousands of Snow Geese feeding on a field of grass.
A loud bunch, they were constantly bickering with each other over a choice morsel.
One caught our eye. This goose had a neck band, labeled x4.
Later that evening we submitted a sighting report to the Bird Banding Laboratory located at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Researchers trap and band many species of birds. Data is used to study the dispersal, migration, life span and population changes. The banding lab manages this data. They will enter this sighting into their database and send us a detailed report of this bird which was submitted to the lab at the time the bird was banded.
Short Eared Owls were hunting prey and harassing each other. They put on quite the airshow.
We saw Peregrine Falcons, Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Herons, just to name a few.
Many people were out walking, biking and birding. This little guy, though not a bird dog, was also enjoying the day.
There are 364 days left in 2015. Get out there and be amazed…