Monday, September 19, 2011

Back….and setting the scene….

We’re back….not really ‘with it’ yet, but back….we got for a walk today, just to set the scene on what is happening here on the estuary,  I do think I may have to change the timing of our walks to try and avoid human activity…but that will probably lessen when the weather gets more inclement.

First Bay Sept. 19, 11

as you can see the water levels have dropped since we were last here and we can now  do our usual walk, although a bit of ‘bush whacking’ is involved…  This, the first bay by the viewing platform…still full of water but not to any great depth..

The log bay

same at the log bay…it is now a ‘bay’ again….

looking south

and looking south east towards the Harrison River where there are Salmon running, so that is where most of the activity is centered right now.

Geese, Gulls, Ducks and maybe shorebirds

the gravel bars are starting to emerge and today they were covered in Canada Geese, along with ducks…Mallards, but I imagine some others as well, and a few gulls ~ part of not being ‘with it’ is completely forgetting about taking binoculars!  I did make out a few Killdeer and I’m sure there are probably some other shorebirds out there.

Pacific Water Parsley in foreground

The Pacific Water Parsley is blooming in profusion on the grassy areas.  There was a Great Blue Heron out there, a Belted Kingfisher was busy ‘fishing’ and a couple of little sparrows, I think Savannah’s flew up out of the grass..


Dragonflies abounded….this was just one of the types…I’ll try to concentrate on them a bit more in coming weeks because they are easiest to see right now.  All the vegetation along the trails is so ‘lush’ that seeing birds in there is an impossibility.  I have heard all the usual you would expect, Song Sparrow, Towhee, Chickadee etc.  so all seems normal for this time of the year.

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