It’s Fall here in the Pacific Northwest, and Fall means lots of clouds (and lots of rain). Unfortunately, it seems like the birds that usually overwinter here have been slow to return. That means birding is still slow, and I’m not quite as eager to get out and walk. Even when it doesn’t rain, it’s often afternoon before the clouds burn off.
Still, we manage to get out birding whenever sun is predicted, and at the very least are rewarded with brilliant Fall colors.
I’ve seen a lot less Cedar Waxwings this year than usual, so it’s a pleasure whenever I spot one, even if it’s in the distance.
There are lots of Killdeer at Theler Wetlands this time of year and
they’re occasionally joined by migrating shorebirds, like this Spotted Sandpiper.
Even though other birders have reported larger shorebirds, this Yellowlegs is the largest one I’ve seen this year at Theler.
My exercise app usually doesn’t count most the 4+ miles we walk at Theler and Port Orchard as “exercise,” but that makes sense because it never feels like a chore to walk there. It’s always a pleasure even if I spot very few birds and capture very few shots.