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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Back to where the river meets the sea

Making days count 39

The wind had calmed down today and it was bright, clear and crisp. I thought it was a good opportunity to check out one of my favorite places. But first, a greeting to Townsend who was having breakfast.

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The river was running rapidly into the sea, or at least it was more noticeable probably because the tide was way out. This also meant that the birds were a good hike in the distance as well except for some Buffleheads (male has the whiter head and females the little white patches on their Bufflehead cheeks ;)), a couple of Merganzers and various other water birds, such as Mallards.  I think the bird on the bottom left might be a Scoter.  Not sure though. I noticed one Bald Eagle perched atop an evergreen, and a gathering of gulls far across the rocky shore which I trundled across.  The Coast Range snow-capped mountains looked spectacular against the blue sky (top left photo in the group below).

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Later I drove farther along and checked the wharf to see if there were any sea lions about. There were a few having a siesta on the near pier and a louder group on a log boom. I didn't go down to the lower platform to get any closer this time.
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When I returned home, I made a tasty supper and decided also to bake an apple pie.

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After supper, I checked out my photos, went for a swim, and here I am!


The moon is smiling and stars are so bright tonight.

3 comments:

  1. It sounds, and looks like, you had a really enjoyable day.
    The Townsend really is a lovely looking bird, and Buffleheads is such a great name!
    I spent this morning working on the plot for first time this year, both robins said hello and the yellow crocus opened in the sunshine. Flighty xx

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  2. such a good way to spend your day!
    xxx

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  3. Yes, thanks Flighty, it was a great day. Townsend is a bright one and quite eye-catching. Bufflehead is a great name for the biggish headed bird, I agree.
    How wonderful that you were able to begin on your plot ~ with the company of your sweet robins and the golden crocus :) Sounds super!

    Thanks Kathy ~ it was a great day. When the weather is so bright, it is near impossible for me to stay inside!

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