It was a quiet, cold and beautiful weekend in the upper Skagit Valley. The threat of snow and ice kept many folks away, but those who ventured out saw a fair amount of eagle action.
Sunday morning the landscape was covered with about 6 inches of fresh snow.
Though highway 20 was well plowed, the side roads were not yet clear and we decided not to open the fish Hatchery eagle watching station on Sunday Though a cold front was on its way, the temperature climbed above freezing with sunny skies. When we were not being wowed by the scenery the eagles put on an occasional show. As the weather was changing, there must have been some mighty thermals, because the eagles stayed relatively active, with plenty of swirling, soaring and ketttling.
Ranger Matt and two volunteers led about a dozen folks through Steelhead Park campground, past the slough and through the meadow to look toward the confluence of the Sauk and Suiattle rivers. There were many eagles on the move, flying upstream. Where are they headed? So many times I have wished we could understand eagle language as they talk to one another.
With cold east winds moving in, we closed up shop a little early Sunday afternoon so we could all get home safely before the roads iced up. A very happy and successful holiday of eagle watching!
Weather permitting, we will be back next weekend. Gonna be a cold one- make sure to bundle up. See you then!