From the comments in his blog, I found Wanderin Weeta, a youthful spirit whose desire to bring the animals of our muddy beaches home with her (and learn just about everything about them) is inspiring to me. She and her partner Laurie never cease to find interesting animals to photograph and research to share with the rest of us.
Today, I met up with the three of them for the first time at Reifel Bird Sancuary. I've been meaning to go for some time. In fact, D and I even tried looking for it once, but got lost in the residential streets. But today, I was with pros who have been there many times before.
It was a wonderfully warm day to discover Reifel. The parking lot was full when we arrived, an unexpected sight for a long time resident such as myself who didn't know about Reifel up until reading the above blogs.
|First wildlife of the day, and I wasn't even out of the carport yet, where this dragonfly hung above my car|
|The problem with beaks is that one can never tell if it's smiling at a joke the duck told or just grimacing at the poo it just stepped in|
|Squirrel alley...they are the seedy underbelly of the park, dealing in the currency of seeds and grains|
|Black capped chickadee checking out them cones hanging on the Douglas Fir, if you know what I mean|
|Brown headed cowbird|
|What's that shadow I see in the sky?|
|Our one bird of prey sighting today|
A great day to check out some birds, and meet some new people. Birders use the term "lifers" to designate birds that they see for the first time. As someone who has never birded, I think I can use that term quite generously today.