Amazing in memory is how comfortable it is to doze on wet beach sand in February if you’re dressed for it, and the Brant fly the other side of the bay…

Wild Goose Chase

Sea Geese in February*

Raymond, WA

Willapa Bay

Brant create a wild elation when they come in those long, wavering lines with that melodic, wild call that makes Canada geese seem harsh. The pattern of their white rumps and cheek patches against the tireless sweep of those big dark wings — I think they are lovelier than Canadas. Having that bunch grazing on eelgrass right in front of us — of course out of range — was really something.


Leadbetter Point

*From The Duck Hunter Diaries, Volume Two.



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Bill Burkett

Bill Burkett

Professional writer, Pacific Northwest. 20 Books: “Sleeping Planet” 1964 to “Venus Mons Iliad” 2018–19. Most on Amazon for sale. Il faut d’abord durer.