First stop - Lake Paden, on the way out of town. It is a City Park in Bellingham and is free of buildings, just nature.
The two posts are where the city anchors the diving raft in the summer. In the winter the Cormorants congregate here - you can see two of them on the posts, and some in the water
One on the post was drying his wings. Cormorants are not as water repellent as many water birds and so often are seen airing their wings in the sunshine - or in the cloudy weather .
This Cormorant in the water was flapping along, like he was paddling. I'm not sure of the reason, though it might be a mating ritual.
He continued on for quite a while - and the other Cormorants seemed to ignore him.
You can see him still flapping behind the leafless trees.
We drive south - out towards Bow and Edison - two of our favorite little towns - nice flat land in the Skagit (sounds like gadget) Valley. The perfect place for hawks and eagles.
But first - a little stop in the town of Edison. The Pussy Willows are beginning to open - and there is a nest in this bush
Always one of the first signs that spring is coming!!
Farther along we find an old barn - oh how I love old barns
Zooming in - you can see the age of a barn that has seen better days
But still useful - zoomed to 140X we can see the fence attached to the barn to protect the little white goat.
And then - and then - TWO hawks in the same tree. I had not seen this before - so of course we had to pull over and get some pictures.
Sitting still as can be, they watch the fields for a slight movement, one that could mean dinner for them
Let's fly over to Zoom In - Zoom Out, and see other photos
Tomorrrow - Eagles - do come back.