So, the invasion, at any rate, is underway. As of 12/5 here, I can think of reports from Clallam (3-4), Grays Harbor (7), Pacific (1), Skagit (?), Snohomish (2), King (1 in Renton??? still haven't found it - maybe others), Kitsap (1), Island (1), Thurston (1), Asotin (2), Walla Walla (1), Okanogan (1), Douglas (?), and Lincoln (?), and Whitman Counties! It will be interesting to see what it grows to in the end - there are still new ones popping up every now and then.
The one above was from Snohomish County, and I found it the day before Thanksgiving, making a run up after school was done for the half-day. I actually birded a little in Island County first, on Camano Island, visiting Iverson Spit and Ustalady Road. The highlight there was definitely Iverson Spit, where I ran into a lot of sparrows - Golden-crowned, Junco, Song, Towhee, Lincoln's and Fox, all packed into a short walk from the trailhead. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was thoroughly investigating my car, and I got a picture of it.
|Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Ustalady Point|
|Short-eared Owl - Eide Road, Snohomish County|
|Way more than I'd ever expect. A two-owl picture, with a |
Short-eared Owl in the foreground, and Snowy behind.
Okay, now I think I'm down to one trip left: next weekend with Gray's Harbor on the way down (Saturday), and Skamania on Sunday. Two posts or so left, then a return to 'normal'!