Part of a series of posts that cover my travel to Greece and the USA in April/May 2016.
May 12 2016 – Birch Bay, Washington, USA
It’s an incredibly still calm morning at Birch Bay. Yesterday gulls were roosting on a gravel bank exposed by the tide. There’s no gravel bank this morning but there’s something else out there.
Birds. Lots and lots of birds. They look like an abandoned raft. I have a kind of haiku moment.
Joined beak to tail
the raft is living
with the tide
‘What are they?’ I ask Bob. He tells me they are Scoters. I’ve never heard of them before. I google Scoter (after I work out how to spell it). It’s a kind of sea duck and there are several species according to Wikipedia.
I find out Birch Bay is a recognised birding area with a Wings over Water Birding Festival held annually.