August, 2013

August 14, 2013
Blaine Washington

We took a trip to Blaine Harbour and Semiahmoo Spit Washington today; it is only an hour’s drive away.

American Goldfinches were perched in Thistles at the Semiahmoo Park parking lot.

Mount Baker was barely visible in the fog from Semiahmoo Spit.

Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Gulls and Seals enjoyed getting out of the water onto a floating dock/breakwater near Semiahmoo Spit.

Black Oystercatchers were resting in some rusty chains on the floating dock.

A few Harlequin Ducks were resting on the floating dock.

Mew Gulls were seen on the inner side of the spit.

Common Loons were seen on the ocean side of the spit.

A few Semipalmated Plovers were very cooperative on the ocean side of the spit.

We found a couple of Belted Kingfishers at the Kayak Rental.

At Blaine Harbour, we saw dozens of Gulls and Rock Pigeons.

Several Killdeers were seen along the shoreline.

Pelagic Cormorants were perched at the fishing dock.

Dozens of tiny Sandpipers swirled through the air and landed near us along the shoreline.

While watching the Sandpipers, we were talking to a couple of birders from Vancouver who we had met before. They told us they had seen a juvenile Pigeon Guillemot back at Semiahmoo Spit near the restaurant which is being renovated. We took a chance and drove back to Semiahmoo Spit where we relocated the juvenile Pigeon Guillemot near the Plover Ferry dock. If you are reading this, thanks to the nice couple from Vancouver for sharing the Pigeon Guillemot sighting with us.

We also found a Pelagic Cormorant fishing nearby.

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