A walk on North Beach, with my daughter and aunt and uncle, in 2013.
Happy fourth and we did a beach walk.
These are just rocks, right? We heard the birds in the rocks before we saw them: black oystercatchers. They make a wonderful queep call and we stopped to look for them right away. They are very quick searching the rocks. This is taken with a zoom lens and I didn’t want to go closer and disturb them.
This boulder was over my head and out of the water and there are the limpets. Holding on and along a small canyon in the rock that must give them some shelter. Does it protect them from the waves when they return or the birds when the water is low? Hold on, limpets.
Hiking last Saturday, we both heard and alerted to a bird call. Here: song.
However, there were two, and not an alarm call.
We spotted both and then on the hike back, here they are, perched in the snag. A pair of adult bald eagles. I think it was flirting calls that we heard, or a pair talking about this year’s nest.
I am so glad that bald eagles are back in numbers…. and that we are protecting them.
Our rock sitter is not a seal: an otter. We see at least 5 otters in groups of one and two while we are hiking. These are river otters even though they are on Puget Sound. They can make a terrible mess in a boat, but they swim with such joy.
According to the Cape George website, it’s 6.5 miles from Port Townsend. However, that may be by map or road or as the crow flies. My phone claims that I walked for 5 hours and 47 minutes. I had the location turned off, so it does not include distance.