Swans and snow geese migrate from Alaska and Siberia to northwest Washington to spend the winter. In the Skagit Valley, you can see them by the hundreds of thousands.
One of our favorite photographers, @studavidsonphotography, captured the stunning trumpeter swans flying against the backdrop of a stormy sky, illuminating their striking beauty.
The birds are typically around from late November through early spring. If you hope to capture that perfect shot of your own, drive west on Fir Island Road from Conway and head to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fir Island Farms/Hayton Snow Goose Reserve, 3.2 miles west of Conway.
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.