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Naturally We Took Logan to Port Townsend

When I posted yesterday’s post I would have sworn that I had taken Logan down to Ruston the morning after his arrival.  I would have been wrong, which I didn’t realize until I started cleaning up after his departure.  While doing so, I discovered that the SX60H  had pictures taken of our trip to Port Townsend.  The pictures reminded me that I had wanted to have a family outing before he got hooked on fishing.  

Unfortunately, trying to get all the local Williams together seems harder than connecting with the Colorado Websters.  Only Lael was able to join us on our outing, and we had to get back by six so that she could make her swim lessons.  Despite that, everyone seemed to enjoy our trip, beginning with a walk along the beach at Ft Flagler.

I never go to Port Townsend without my birding camera and lens, but I didn’t take them on this trip because I wanted to keep up with the kids (and I didn’t think I’d see any birds).   Much to my surprise, we were greeted by several birds including this Black Oystercatcher.

A Black Oystercatcher is a relatively uncommon bird, but this is the second time  I have encountered one when I was only carrying my SX60H.  I’m wondering if not being prepared is a necessary part of sighting this particular bird.

After lunch and a walk through some of the Port Townsend shops we made a trip to Fort Worden where the kids toured the Marine Science Center. I spent the time looking off the pier and finally sighted the pigeon guillemots that I’ve been reading about since I began visiting the Science Center.

Heck, I even spotted a pair of Purple Martins atop a nesting box, 

something I’d never seen on previous visits.  

Hard to believe I would have forgotten this trip so quickly if I hadn’t taken photos, but I often find myself consulting my blog if I want to find when something has taken place. I sometimes fear that the internet is taking the place of my memory, not to mention my life.  

2 replies on “Naturally We Took Logan to Port Townsend”

Love your blog. Funny to think that your using your database (your blogs) as your memory center. I think a year can be so fleeting that it helps to realize that time is a precious thing. I heard cicadas for the first time(forgot if u have those in your neck of the woods) just about a week ago, I didn’t blog about it but gave it a thought. Along with that, recording when I see the first robin of the year would be sightings (“hearings”). Worthy of note.

As we appreciate ourselves in a much bigger world, it helps us to feel bigger when noting these small things.

Please let me know if u have robins or cicadas in your area. I would be curious to know. Also, how common is sighting your state bird? It makes me wonder if all state birds are easy to spot? In your travels have you observed this to be true or not? Wisconsin’s is very common to spot. There isn’t a corner of woods where there isn’t a robin or squirrel 😉😉

We have robins year round here in the Puget Sound area, though apparently they aren’t the same robins. Supposedly the local robins move south in the winter and the robins from Canada and Alaska move in. Unfortunately, I can’t tell one robin from another so I’ll have to depend upon the experts for that piece of knowledge.

We have a few cicadas this side of the Cascades but are much more common on the other (drier) side of the mountains. I’ve never heard any in my yard, though.

I’ve had a Goldfinch family in my yard this year, but that hasn’t been true until I got rid of the grass and planted strictly flowers. They are only here in the summer, though.

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