Snow geese arriving to winter in W. Washington

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EVERETT — Snow geese have begun arriving in Western Washington for their winter stay.

The Daily Herald reports birds have been landing this week in fields near Stanwood.

The state Fish and Wildlife Department says about 80,000 snow geese winter in Western Washington each year, most in the Skagit Valley.

Birdwatchers can see them at the Fir Island Farm Reserve Unit of the Skagit Wildlife area.