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February, 2014


February 12, 2014
Blaine Washington

We took a drive to Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine, Washington, U.S.A. today. It is about two hours from our house in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada, give or take on the wait at the border and whether we stop for something to eat or get gas for the car.

We always find something we don’t see in our usual area as well as some familiar faces, for example the Double-crested Cormorants are here as well.

Bald Eagles are also seen here.

Great Blue Herons are seen fishing in many areas as there is a Heronry near the road into Semiahmoo Spit.

Killdeer are seen here as well as in Chilliwack.

Northern Pintails can be found in Chilliwack as well. The males in this flock were performing a mating, bonding ritual. They were beautiful as usual.

At the side of the road, we saw Deer grazing.

We have seen the occasional Red-necked Grebe during migration at home.

Scaup were diving for shellfish.

We don’t find Common Loons at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve so it was fun to watch several Common Loons diving and floating on the water.

Off in the distance we saw Pigeon Guillemots.

Red-breasted Mergansers are another duck we do not find at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

Finally, we found White-winged Scoters and Surf Scoters; not terribly close but wonderful ocean ducks to watch.

We also enjoyed meeting Phillip and Danny while we were at Semiahmoo Spit. They gave us a lot of information about locations in their area to visit.

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