January 3, 2012
Every winter we find the Trumpeter Swans in a different location in the Sequim farmlands. Sometimes they are close to the road, and sometimes not.
Sequim is a small town at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. It lies between the foothills and the water – the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Canada, or Vancouver Island, lies across the strait. Sequim has a lot of retirement couples, because being in the rain shadow of the mountains, it rains less that most places in Western Washington. It is often a bit breezy because the wind shoots down from the mountains blowing the rain clouds northward.
Even though Sequim has many of the big box stores, Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, etc, etc, it has maintained its rural personality. Most of the town is along one busy street. Birding here is awesome. Besides Geese and Swans, Elk often come down from the mountains to graze in the fields during winter.