Yesterday afternoon, after reading in our paper about the snow geese at Fir Island, near Mount Vernon, we headed north to find them. It's lovely country with great views of the mountains and depending on the season, the flowers. The tulips aren't out yet, but the geese surely were. Mount Baker After driving to the spot where the newspaper photo was taken and of course, finding nothing, we started wandering the country roads. At one point, I thought I saw some white spots in the distant fields, so we got serious in trying to figure out how to get closer. We took the first road in that direction and then turned onto what was labeld, dead end. Bingo! We first saw them off in the distance, and then they began moving slowly closer. Do they do this for all bird watchers? In Flight They kept coming closer and closer until Dick could get some good shots without his telephoto. The snow geese winter here in Washington, and the paper said they are about to leave for their summer dwelling place in the far north. Getting Closer Notice the black feathers under their wings. Our bird book says they sometimes have rusty-colored heads. Might that be from playing in the mud and drinking muddy water? Move over! I've never seen so many birds at once. The honking noise was incredible. And they just kept moving closer to where we were. Aren't I cute? Dick took lots of movies, and hopefully this one will give you a good idea of the noise. What we thought at first was wind, is the sound of their wings as they took off. Why did they all leave? I have no idea. Maybe they were full?