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Nisqually NWR

First Goslings

Since it’s supposed to rain the rest of the week, I decided to take my weekly trip to Nisqually today. Though it was overcast most of the day, it was still a nice walk especially since I was accompanied by one of the volunteers who mans the visitor’s center.

After a walker told us he’d seen an otter just cross the trail, the volunteer spotted the otter hiding behind a log. He actually blended in much better than this photo would suggest, because I lightened it considerably in Photoshop.

Photo or not, it was quite a thrill just to see the otter again.

Overall, though, there were very few birds to be seen today. The volunteer explained that many of the winter residents had headed out to their summer breeding area and the song birds are still a few weeks away.

Another reason for so few sightings became obvious a while later when I captured this shot:

Most of the birds are too busy nesting and parenting to be spending time showing off their fine feathers. Canadian Geese may be considered pests in many areas today, but there’s always room in my heart for another gosling or two.