Someone asked me if this counted as one of the 39 birds for me for Pierce county - nope. Alive, wild and unrestrained are the magic words for this. This bird is pretty restrained at present. An escaped wedding dove made its way to my back deck one day - same deal. The Olympic National Forest is where I saw my first Hairy Woodpecker, but it was in the hands of a park ranger who had found it injured - same deal.
Finished with a drive around Point Defiance Park - five mile drive around it that gives views of the sound. Sadly I blew my last picture on some raccoons - then the batteries died. This park is pretty marvellous, with lots of big trees. Betcha there's some owls in here.. hmmm... Not a lot of birds down in the water, though, and a lot of them were too tiny for me to ID. Did have a Rhinoceros Auklet, though, and a few forest birds like Pacific Wren and Spotted Towhee (Winter Wren and Rufous-sided Towhee if your bird books are out of date - my first one is - both of these were split from their eastern cousins fairly recently).
|Do 'wild' raccoons accept handouts? This one does!|
|Some kind of hermit crab that I am unfamiliar with...|