Meanwhile, Back Home in the Puget Sound Area

I sometimes think that one of the reasons I love going to distant places like Malheur or The Canyonlands is that I see home in a new light when I return. Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting different places, but there’s no place like home, and by home I mean the Puget Sound area.

On returning to Theler Wetlands I was greeted by a Great Blue Heron,

Great Blue Heron

though I’m not sure it was actually welcoming me back.

I was surprised by a small flock of Black-Bellied Plovers,

Black-Bellied Plover

the first I’ve ever seen at Theler.

I managed to get my first decent shot of a Rufous Hummingbird,

Rufous Hummingbird

though they’ve been around for a while now.

I also saw my first American Goldfinch,

 American Goldfinch

and was repeatedly serenaded by Orange-Crowned Warblers.

 Orange-Crowned Warbler

It was enough to make me wonder why I would ever want to leave the area when there was so much beauty at hand.

2 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Back Home in the Puget Sound Area

  1. Soon as I launch my singing career (hell will freeze over first, but permit me the fantasy) I’m going to take the name “Rufous Hummingbird.” It’s perfect…

    Great shots as always, Loren. Full of spring color even in the birds!

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