Beaks and Bills

  May 2022

The Oregon Coast

by Joe Meche A quick scan of the Oregon coastline, from the Columbia River to the California state line, leaves no doubt as to the potential for access to a myriad of opportunities for all recreational pursuits. The stunning beauty … Continue reading

Comments Off on The Oregon Coast

  April 2022

Orcas Island

by Joe Meche To celebrate the 26th anniversary of our marriage in Baja, we treated ourselves to another getaway. This time we chose to take the ferry to Orcas Island and the historic Rosario Inn. Not quite as warm and … Continue reading

Comments Off on Orcas Island

  March 2022

Marching Into Spring

by Joe Meche By the time you read this month’s Whatcom Watch, we will be a short three weeks away from the first day of spring. Given the weather events we’ve all experienced since November, it couldn’t come a day … Continue reading

Comments Off on Marching Into Spring

  February 2022

Birding Anacortes

by Joe Meche It’s been a while since we celebrated Cindy’s birthday with a getaway, so this year I decided to take her someplace she’s never been. For that matter, I had never been to the Fidalgo Bay Resort, either. … Continue reading

Comments Off on Birding Anacortes

  January 2022

Whatcom County Winter

Waterfowl, Shorebirds, and Raptors by Joe Meche As we enter yet another new year, it’s more obvious every day that we’re in the thick of winter weather and the birds we associate with the colder months. I’m quite possibly under the … Continue reading

Comments Off on Whatcom County Winter

  January 2022

Bird Names Revisited

by Joe Meche As I approach the 20-year mark of writing for Whatcom Watch and Beaks and Bills, I have occasion to look back at some of the titles, possibly for inspiration or just out of curiosity. Sometimes I see … Continue reading

Comments Off on Bird Names Revisited

  December 2021

Are You Ready for Winter?

by Joe Meche With all things considered, we felt that winter was not far away when we crossed the North Cascades after a birthday weekend in Winthrop. The eastbound trip over the mountains and the first day in the Methow … Continue reading

Comments Off on Are You Ready for Winter?

  Oct/Nov 2021

October Miscellany

by Joe Meche Silver Lake Revisited It seems that Silver Lake Park has become an August tradition for us over the last few years. Actually, the appeal of this nearby retreat started 29 years ago in the dead of winter. … Continue reading

Comments Off on October Miscellany

  Oct/Nov 2021

Book Review: What It’s Like To Be a Bird

by Joe Meche From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing — What Birds Are Doing, and Why by David Allen Sibley Alfred A. Knopf, 2020 203 pages; hardcover; $35.00 We’re all familiar with David Sibley’s excellent field guides, but, in my … Continue reading

Comments Off on Book Review: What It’s Like To Be a Bird

  September 2021

Birding as a Coping Mechanism

by Joe Meche In the midst of downtime due to the expected dog days of birding in August, there was ample time to reflect on and deal with a multitude of other details. It’s not surprising when you consider the … Continue reading

Comments Off on Birding as a Coping Mechanism