The Beach Is Calling Me

After an unusually sunny few days, our usual Pacific Northwest Rains have returned and I finally have time to process the many photos that I’ve taken in the last week.  With Leslie gone I’ve managed to get out to take pictures every single day for the last five days; now I just have to find the time to sort and edit them.

On the visit to Port Orchard where I saw the Scaup, I also found the birds I’ve been seeing throughout the winter.  Since it had been quite awhile since I had been there, I was worried that the Horned Grebes might have gotten their breeding plumage and moved on as they do every spring, but the few that I saw were still in winter plumage.

I suspect that the Barrow’s Goldeneyes have started to pair off, but there was still a small flock of them in the marina.

I saw more Western Grebes

than usual and much closer to the marina than usual.

The bird of the day, though, had to be this Pigeon Guillemot, the first I’ve seen this year.

Seeing the Western Grebe and the Pigeon Guillemot inspired me to go to Ocean Shores and Westport the next day because that’s where I’m most apt to see them and I haven’t been there for awhile.

I’m still taking precautions, wearing a mask, and ordering to-go, but, having finished two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, I’m starting to spread my wings and venture out more often.