|Dungeness Spit - Admiralty Light in the distance|
|Insert Snowy Owl here|
I met up early with Randy in Federal Way, and we drove out to Sequim, with only two brief stops. Once on the Hood Canal Floating Bridge (which sounds like a very bad idea... but there was no traffic for minutes!), and once in Jefferson County to look for a Great Egret that has been seen off and on there since August (no luck there). We got to Three Crabs Restaurant at about 8AM, and started our search!
|Trumpeter Swans and Greater White-fronted Geese|
Randy had only visited the pelagic waters of Clallam County, and I had been only between July and September, so we both were able to find a lot of birds we hadn't seen before throughout the day. The Clallam count actually started soon after we crossed the county line, with Trumpeter Swans in a pond off of the road. At Three Crabs, we encountered a bazillion American Wigeon, and quite a few shorebirds as well (mostly Dunlin, with some white-ish Sanderlings mixed in.)
|Northern Harrier flying away|
I've walked Dungeness Spit a handful of times. We have been out here for 9th grade trips in the past, and have done the walk all the way out to Admiralty Head Lighthouse at the end. I love being able to see the end of the hike almost as soon as you start. I end up wanting to yell - Look! We're almost there! and break into a sprint for the lighthouse. If I ever failed to resist that temptation, I'm sure the sprint was short-lived relative to the 6 mile hike out!
|A couple of the Long-tailed Ducks we saw on the way|
|Dang! Not as sharp as I wanted, but nice to have Baker |
and Admiralty Head like this in one shot.
|Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstone|
On the way back, it was more loons (including Common), all three species of Cormorant, and more Long-tailed Ducks (probably a good dozen by the end of the day. We were a little footsore and hungry when we got back to the park entrance, and had about an hour left to search before we needed to get going back home.
|One of these ran in front of the car for 200 |
meters or so on the way out... now that was
fun to watch. :)
Here were some of the other highlights of the day:
|Brant in Dungeness Bay|