Chances to get outside have been few and far lately. With clearing forecast, Leslie and I set out for Ft. Flagler and Port Townsend on a recent Sunday. As it turned out we saw very little (like none) sunshine and were greeted by the highest tide I’ve ever seen there.
We couldn’t figure out what all the birds were on the lawn across from the campground. It turned out to be shorebirds, like this Black-Bellied Plover in winter plumage
and Sanderlings in Winter plumage.
I’ve seen both at Flagler many times, but never foraging on the lawn. It wasn’t until we reached the end of the spit, more than a half hour later that we realized that there really wasn’t any “shore” to forage.
One of the few good things about that was that this is probably the closest I’ve ever gotten to the Brant geese.
Although we didn’t see as many Harlequin Ducks as we usually do, I did see a couple and with a little Lightroom enhancing, the male’s plumage is almost recognizable.