Although it seems weeks away, it was just last Saturday that we drove up to Port Townsend and Fort Lagler because it was supposed to be a sunny day, not a day to be wasted here in the Pacific Northwest wintertime. And for a change the weather forecast was actually correct.
After a pleasant breakfast in Port Townsend, we headed to Ft Flagler only to discover that the tide was very high and the Harlequin Ducks I drive up to visit weren’t in their usual place. Instead, I was greeted by this Black-Bellied Plover in non-breeding colors.
Further out on the spit, we encountered a small flock of Sanderlings also in non-breeding colors,
and an even smaller flock of Dunlins who I didn’t immediately recognize without the black bellies that make them so striking during breeding season.
Considering that I didn’t see them until I was almost on top of them I can attest to the effectiveness of their winter camouflage.
My sighting of shorebirds was capped by a later sighting of two Black Oystercatchers in precisely the same spot as Leslie spotted them the first time I’d ever seen them up close.
They seemed equally indifferent this time.
I forgot how much I like seeing shorebirds. Seeing shorebirds makes visiting the ocean even more enjoyable than it already was, and it was already one of my favorite places to visit.