Whatcom County - up Mount Baker
We made a few stops on our way up as we passed through the farmland on the north edge of the state. I had no pigeons at all, so I was happy to see a flock of Rock Pigeons, and we both picked up Western Wood-Peewee and Red-eyed Vireo at another stop, feeling pretty fortunate to have birds singing so late in the season!
|Randy shooting some tiger-lillies|
|Tarn near Heather Meadows - Mount Baker|
|ahh.... ski poles would have been nice|
|Gray Jay coming in for a peanut|
|Views from Heather Meadows - Mount Baker|
|Western Sandpipers - Blaine Marina|
Checking with the GPS, it appeared that the Blaine waterfront (where I stopped on one of my very first trips of the year) was about an hour away. We talked it over, and decided that heading straight there was a good idea - no need to stop for American Dipper at Whatcom Falls, or to follow up on a Bank Swallow report. We were going straight for the shorebirds!
We looked in vain for the Black Oystercatchers that hang out here... will have to find out where they hang out before I make another trip up. Oh well... just one bird!
|Mount Baker from Lummi Flats|
|Sandy Point Marina - Whatcom County|
Mount Baker in the distance
On the way out, with the windows down, we were able to pick up a Brown-headed Cowbird before leaving Whatcom. It was my 99th bird in the county, and probably the last for the year (we'll see...), and it may have been Randy's 99th? 100th? He was going to add them up later at home to find out. A cold adult beverage is riding on the answer.
Skagit County - Samish Flats
|Farmland - Skagit County|
|The hike to the Wood Sandpiper|
|Randy on the hike|
|Flooded Field - Skagit County|
|Getting a little late...|
The whole way back we were stopping constantly to take pictures. The sun was doing amazing things on the cover crops in these fields. I don't know how well the pictures here captured it, but this is one of the reasons I'm really enjoying birding so much, and enjoying the year. Even when I'm missing birds that I'm trying to find, or if I end up with 99 birds here, or 100 birds there, the places that I 'have' to go are so beautiful! It was nice to have this kind of unplanned trip (have I had any 'planned' trips to Skagit County?) to see a little bit more of this place.