This spring we decided to visit North Carolina, a state we’d never visited but have always wanted to see and of course do some birding while in the area. On the east side of the state on the Tennessee border lies the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which covers a section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains.
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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.
Sometimes you head out in search of some birds and happen upon something a little different. This weekend we had the pleasure of observing this family of river otters between Crockett Lake and Admiralty Bay just east of the Coupeville Ferry on Whidbey Island.
We tend to get cabin fever sometime around mid-winter here in the Pacific Northwest. For us, trips somewhere warm like Puerto Vallarta is much needed for mental health this time of year, but for a less expensive weekend trip we like to find spots east of the mountains to relax and enjoy nature in a much different environment.
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.
Four years ago I had the opportunity to visit Puerto Vallarta for the first time to celebrate one of my favorite people as he stepped into his 40th year around the sun. It was my first trip away from my little family since I became a mom and, though I was anxious about leaving my husband and kids for that trip, the anxiety quickly melted away when I took my first step into that beautiful sunshine.
Some of my favorite PNW birds are the little ones that like to hide, they rarely come to our backyard bird feeder but aren’t uncommon. Warblers, Kinglets, Nuthatches, and Creepers all fit into this category for me, you tend to hear them a lot more than you see them.
On our trip to Theler Wetlands we ran into a birder who told us to make sure to visit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. We have driven past here many times on trips south to Portland, it is right off I-5, very easy to get to but not too close to Edmonds where we live.
Living in the Pacific Northwest we have a lot of great local parks for birding. For us in Edmonds Yost park is excellent year round and is great for a lunch time walk. It is also known for it’s pair of Barred Owls that live there and are seen or heard regularly.