Every spring and summer we notice a few nests show up in our yard or neighborhood and this year was no different. Conveniently for us a pair of Dark-eyed Junco’s decided to place their nest in our hanging flower basket right outside our front door.
As summer closes I have been reminiscing at some of our adventures and I am reminded that some of our best memories happened only five minutes from our home. Living in the PNW, we are lucky to be surrounded by water and in the summers we get to spend time enjoying the scenery in a variety of ways.
We had made about three different trips to the Tri-Cities or Walla Walla area this spring, and each time had noticed on eBird there were always multiple Barn Owl sightings off of Dodd Road about 15 minutes past where the Snake River meets the Columbia.
We love our neighborhood Anna’s Hummingbirds here in Edmonds and though we rarely see any other species around here, there are four Hummingbirds you can see in Washington State if you know where to look.
Back to Whidbey Island for a Memorial Day weekend visit. We took some time early one morning to head into the South Whidbey State Park forest to see what we would find. There are some very large old-growth trees here, a great place for birding as is most of Whidbey Island.
Looking for a weekend away for our 15th anniversary we chose Walla Walla for a getaway to do some birding, drink some good wine, and eat some good food. We accomplished all of these things and had an excellent weekend!
Sunny spring mornings are an excellent time for Birding! We have been lucky to have a solid couple of weeks of sun this May after what seemed endless rain in April. We had never visited Llandover Woods Greenspace just south of Shoreline off of Greenwood but with the excellent weather we decided to head out early on a Saturday to see what birds we could see.
After seeing many photo’s of local Wood Ducks we decided we needed to see one for ourselves. Two spots locally had recent sightings so we decided to visit both. I often play soccer at Twin Ponds Park but had never actually hiked around the the park’s namesake ponds.
There we were in the forest on a quest to spot and capture the image of a Great horned owl. The temperature was cool, the air moist and the atmosphere calm. We knew it was just a matter of time because in previous days we had spotted our friends.