Sunday, January 14, 2018

BELATED POST FROM JANUARY 6TH BIRDING TRIP TO SKAGIT DELTA

The day dawned gray and rainy....socked in low cloud with heavy mist and 37 degrees....what better weather for a bird watching trip to the Skagit.  Heavy mist all the way north for 50 miles...then like breaking through a wall the sky dried up...a hole in the soggy.  So remember never don't go....you may regret it.  I was only going to replace a group member Noelle who was home hosting Mr, Flubug. The birds showed up....as usual...Snow Geese, Swans, Eagles, Herons, Thousands of ducks of mostly unidentified species due to distance and lighting but Pintails  were common.  A lovely little Kestrel, 30 plus Bald Eagles and 2 Rough-legged Hawks and strangely 3 male Harriers....while photo conditions were not the best here are a few results..














GRETCHEN AND I SPENT OUR 12TH ANNIVERSARY AT ALIK BEACH IN WEST SEATTLE WITH A FEW FRIENDS

When one thinks of how to spend a January 13th Anniversary in Seattle thoughts don't always gravitate to a nice warm sunny walk at Alki Beach with a few friends....more like someplace inside warm out of the rain with a good bottle of champagne.  But our
12th turned out to be pretty much something you could not script because nobody would believe it.  We both have just kicked out the flu bug and amazingly because it was 55 degrees and sunny on Alki we did take that walk on Alki.....and a lot of friends showed up...human and other.  We will never forget #12....you may understand why from the images...



Transient Orcas T100's and T90's












 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

RESIDENT ORCAS HEAD NORTH AFTER SPENDING THE NIGHT IN SOUTH PUGET SOUND

After spending the night in South Puget Sound the Resident Orcas that past Seattle on Monday headed back north past Seattle this morning.  These have been identified as members of J and K pods.  Behaviors included foraging and travel...some breaching was also seen as well as one whale that became inverted....image attached is poor due to distance and air conditions near the water surface.....so please forgive the poor quality.





Inverted whale

BELATED POST FROM NISQUALLY DELTA - FALL 2017

This is a late post from October 2017 from Nisqually Delta.  While this a part of the Puget Sound the animals are distinctly fresh water...and trees.  They are included here just because it was impossible for me to leave them out of a post due to their cuteness....and their abundance in the Nisqually Delta.  Usually the Delta is the place to go to see ducks, geese, and other waterfowl as well as herons as well as eagles, hawks, falcons, and a variety of other birds.  This year the Pacific Chorus Frogs stole the show. Garter snakes were almost as common as the frogs.













Ladybug larva


Ring-bill Gull









D.C. Cormorant
Dragonfly

Wood Duck

RESIDENT ORCAS VISIT CENTRAL PUGET SOUND 12-11-17

Another sunny day in Seattle.....That makes 8 in a row...maybe a record for Seattle in December.  Resident Orcas - identified as members of J and K pods cruised past West Seattle Monday afternoon...making it just before sunset.  Most of the group stayed well to the west side of the Sound...as they often do, but a few strayed closer to West Seattle allowing some good viewing from Constellation Marine reserve.  The whales were foraging likely on Chum and Coho salmon which are the draw for Orcas to enter this area in the fall months.  Sunset wasn't half bad either.