Beaks and Bills

  June 2021

Coastal Sojourn

It seems that every year when the calendar flips from mid- to late-April, I start thinking about shorebirds. It’s not mere coincidence, however, since it’s the prime time of year for the northbound migration of millions of birds along the … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Caspian Terns in Bellingham

In 2009, Caspian terns starting nesting on the former Georgia-Pacific property now called the Waterfront District. Approximately 250 birds produced about 100 chicks. The next year, between 2,500 and 3,000 birds produced over 1,000 young terns. The Port of Bellingham … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Spring Into Summer

As we transitioned from winter into spring, the seasons and the birds around us changed accordingly. Cherry blossoms greeted us in just about every part of town, along with scattered greenery here and there. Rain was still with us in … Continue reading

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  April 2021

Fidalgo Island

  While it’s a noticeably different part of Skagit County and separated from the mainland by the Swinomish Channel on the east and Deception Pass on the south, this unique island offers a wealth of recreational opportunities; and the bird … Continue reading

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  March 2021

Wings Over Water

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival March 19-21 If you recall, last year’s festival was cancelled due to the early onset of the Covid-19 outbreak. Sad to say, the pandemic is still with us and is forcing everyone to be … Continue reading

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  March 2021

Whidbey Island

Just a short, relaxing drive from Bellingham is yet another place to check out if you’re interested in seeing birds in similar yet slightly different surroundings. Even if you’re not looking for birds, as some of us always are, there’s … Continue reading

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  February 2021

California or Bust!

After a proper period of quarantine on both sides, Cindy and I headed south the day after Christmas for a New Year’s visit with my sister and nephew. We planned to settle in to our headquarters for a week in … Continue reading

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  January 2021

Birding in the New Year

After a tumultuous 2020, things can only get better in 2021 … at least that’s the hope of everyone on planet Earth. The Covid-19 pandemic dictated that we change our habits and canceled traditional gatherings for most of the big … Continue reading

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  December 2020

Christmas Bird Count

The National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) originated in 1900. It began as an alternative to the Christmas Side Hunt where people went out to see how many birds they could kill on Christmas Day. A small group … Continue reading

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  December 2020

Winter Birding Old and New in Skagit County

Throughout the Covid Summer of 2020 and into the fall, many of us have sought ways and means to deal with a world turned upside down by the ongoing pandemic. Before the great news from the recent election, we were … Continue reading

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