Thousands of snow geese delight bird watchers of all ages

LA CONNER, Wash. (AP) Bird watchers took advantage of a day without rain Thursday to gaze at snow geese that spend the winter at a reserve near the mouth of the Skagit River.

Thousands of the white birds were in sight along with a few trumpeter swans and snowy owls.

The geese fly in loose "V'' formations that break up into family groups of three two parents and an offspring as they glide to a landing. They spend most of their time foraging in muddy fields.

The birds honk a bit and occasionally flap their wings. Occasionally a bald eagle scares them into the air in a dramatic beating of their wings and loud honking.

The snow geese usually settle back down in the same field within just a few minutes.

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