This Time Last Year – Part 25: Birds at Birch Bay

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.

Still calm morning at Birch Bay

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
moving
spinning
with the tide

The Scoter Raft

‘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.


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