The feature that attracted the geese was a half-acre un-mowed mound suitable for grazing and sleeping.
And another mistake: kneel on one knee to get a goose's eye view of things. Result: fowled jeans.
The problem is, you find out later, that just because the geese are not exactly where you are right now, at one point, perhaps yesterday, they were, and they were eating where you are now standing and, of course, pooping, which they seem to do almost continuously, like a bottomless Play-doh Fun Factory. So your child, whom you have coaxed to get closer to the geese, ends up with sneakers that are in no way going back into the car.
And still they come. This is probably the peak. They will be along this stretch of coast in smaller numbers all winter, but many of the geese here now are in transit, heading for estuaries in Washington, Oregon, and California.
Update: See here for snow geese in 2008-09.