|Goodrich Pond - Lewis County|
|Wood Duck - Goodrich Road|
I knew that shorebirds were on their way through the state right now, so I thought I'd give this spot a try. No shorebirds here, but there were some Bonaparte's Gulls, which are usually seen more often on salt water. Talking with a gentleman I met at the pond, I learned that Galvin Road had a flooded field with some Dunlin and other sandpipers - a quick trip, and I found them, some Western Sandpipers, Dunlin (sporting black bellies) and a Greater Yellowlegs.
|A lot of these signs on Highway 6! That's |
why you might not have been on it before.
|Rainbow Falls - Lewis County|
|The American Dipper was there a second ago, I swear!|
They hang out in places just like this, hopping around in the rapids and eating larvae out of the rivers. Fun to watch them do their thing, and I wasn't disappointed this time. I found one almost as soon as I got there - although shooting him turned out to be a challenge. In the end, the picture here was as good as it got, although the picture tells a lot! The bird is in the picture somewhere, standing on a rock, happily letting the water run over him as he dipped under the rapids for a few seconds.
|Willapa Hills near Rainbow Falls State Park - |
leaving Lewis County with 50+ birds.
|Elk Heights Road - Pacific County|
Pacific County: Once I crossed the county line, and before getting to Lebam, I pulled off at Elk Heights Road, found a spot by a creek, rolled down the windows and listened. Pacific Wren, Downy Woodpecker, and lots of noise from the creek. It was beautiful, so I shot some pictures before going. By the way, Lebam had me curious, and a quick search for "how did Lebam Washington get its name" led me to a site I have not seen before! EPodunk.com claims that Lebam, Washington is indeed Mabel spelled backwards - the daughter of an early settler.
|From Highway 6 - between Lebam and Raymond|
|Case Pond - Raymond, WA|
Raymond was full of these nature sculptures throughout the town - birds, animals and fish. This picture is from Case Pond - a little fishing hole reserved for kids 14 and under. I chose to go south - towards Astoria (but not all the way there, and certainly not up to Leadbetter Point on the Pacific from there, although I will get there someday!) Time was short enough - already coming on 2:00. I took the turn at Bay Center Dike Road, and found the Bay to be full of Western Grebes, Common Loons and Red-breasted Mergansers. Marshy areas on the other side of the road had ducks, marsh wrens and blackbirds.
|Willapa Bay - fishing boat|
|Oyster burger? Yes indeed. If I'd brought a cooler, |
it would have been nice to bring some oysters home!
|Black-bellied Plover and dowitcher|
|Shorebirds in flight - Graveyard Spit|
|Tokeland Marina - empty of birds today, but not always!|