Just for fun

Waterfowl diaries, vol. 1

February 4, 2014
Swans in Skagit, Washington
Swans in Skagit, Washington

I really like waterfowl. When I was in art school I frequently used bird imagery in my work, and I managed to reference one in the name of this blog. I consider the loon a mascot of the blog, but I don’t mean to leave out the other pretty birds. Wintering waterfowl pay a visit to the Northwest in January and February, and my boyfriend and I recently went out to Skagit, Washington to see if we could catch a view of some swans.

Skagit is only about an hour away from Seattle, so it’s an easy day trip. The area has lots of scenic farms and is known for its glorious springtime Tulip Festival,  and I recently learned that it’s one of the spots in the Northwest that’s visited by an abundance of tundra and trumpeter swans in the winter.

Guided by a very helpful book (this one), we followed a path to an old cornfield, followed the sound of the swans and found ourselves surrounded by several big groups of them! The one thing you won’t get from these photos is the sound they make … I’ve never heard this before, but the groups were so remarkably chatty and loud. They sound like a group of children playing with trumpets, and they just went on and on, from all directions.

I was a little nervous as we came around the cornfield following the sounds because I know swans are territorial, but we moved carefully and they kept their distance, and it was an extremely peaceful experience. We don’t have any fancy camera lenses so the shots are from a pretty good distance, but I wanted to share what I could of the experience all the same.

Swans in Skagit
Swans in Skagit
Swans in Skagit
Swans in Skagit, moseying away from us
Swans in Skagit
Swans in Skagit
Swans in Skagit
Swans in Skagit
More birds!
More birds
The setting sun
The setting sun

I hope that winter’s treating you alright. Personally, I’m thankful that Seattle’s been seeing more sun than normal, which helps keep me upbeat. I can get pretty down during this time of year, but it helps to try and find new experiences to enjoy. I’m also making sure to keep up with taking vitamin D every day!

Do you have any favorite winter habits or activities?

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    1. We’ve been talking about seeing the tulips, too! After living here for almost 6 years, we’ve actually never made it out to the tulip festival – for shame!

      I’m not terribly familiar with Skagit, but this was off of exit 14 (Ridgefield) and west on 501. In the town of Ridgefield, there’s this little turnoff with a small parking area and metal gate, and you can just walk in and up to this field.

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