|West Beach - Deception Pass State Park - Island County|
|Throwing rocks - West|
Beach, Deception Pass SP
It wasn't terribly birdy - some Canada Geese and California Gulls - but we did have a Cooper's Hawk cruising along the forest edge at one point. At the end of lunch, 100 9th graders left it cleaner than they found it, and started to hike along Cranberry Lake - crossing Highway 20, and down the road to Cornet Bay on the east end of the park.
|Green Algae in Cranberry Lake - it didn't |
smell as pretty as it looked...
|Cornet Bay ELC|
|Killdeer in Cornet Bay - the first shorebirds |
I've seen there in three years.
At the end of the evening, I made a few laps of the field to make sure cabins were settling down, then it was back to my own, where I was out almost as soon as the head hit the pillow - waking only once to listen to the owls outside.
|Double-crested Cormorants dropping into Cornet Bay|
Song Sparrows woke me up early, so I walked the big field before most kids were up. I've been surprised this fall with American Robin numbers - it seems like there are times in the fall where there are overwhelming numbers of them around, but not lately... I guess that's the value in sending the observations I make in to eBird. It's a big database that you can use to track your observations, but is also a nice tool for the citizen scientist to contribute, helping to build a better understanding of birds by tracking their numbers and how they move during the year. No Varied Thrushes here this morning either - where's my favorite bird?
|Deception Pass from the bridge|
|A not very good picture of salal berries|
The beach was full of people fishing today, which was the first time that had happened on the trip. Kids fought the urge (almost successfully) to throw rocks in the water, and found other things to do...
|Very cool... :)|
|Whirlpools below Deception Pass|