The weather forecast keeps calling for rain - and we keep getting sunshine - so off to Birch Bay we went.
The first bird we saw was not only new to me - but fairly rare on the West Coast. It is generally from the U.K. but has been seen on the east coast of Canada and the U.S. and fairly recently on the west coast of the U.S. There was just this one - and it ran about, searching for food.
Black Headed Gull - either a juvenile or the head feathers are just taking on their mating season darkness - as is the beak.
Then dashing about on the beach and in the shallow tide pools was a Lesser Yellow Legs - a shorebird - and there were several of these flitting about.
Ahhh, a good stretch feels so great.
Dabbling about in the shallows was a small flock of Widgeons
The tide was running fast
And you didn't suppose that you'd get through a post about birds from me without a heron, now did you?
This Great Blue Heron was up in a tree - about 30 feet above the ground. It must have been finished fishing for the afternoon as it was taking time for grooming
The wind was brisk and the tree branch swayed a lot.
And then there was a heron in the waves of the shallows in Birch Bay
Grooming time again
It was a very good day for birds