September, 2017

September 27, 2017
Blaine WA

We took a drive to Blaine, Washington, U.S.A. for a walk along the ocean shores.

Early in the day, we came across a tree with several Woodpecker species in it. There were two Red-breasted Sapsuckers, three Northern Flickers, a Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and a Pileated Woodpecker. Although the sun was behind the tree, we did manage to get some photos.

One of many Common Loons caught a Starry Flounder.

Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters were seen in the distance.

Western Sandpipers flew past in the distance looking for some shoreline to land on. They finally landed on the breakwater where the Double-crested Cormorants nest.

A very large mixed flock of American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal and Northern Pintails were seen with several Glaucous-winged Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls.

Seven Killdeer were seen nearby.

The Peace Arch at the Canada – U.S.A. border and Mount Baker, also known as Koma Kulshan were seen in the distance.

Several Red-necked Grebes were seen.

Several Horned Grebes were seen. Pacific Sand lances were the fish of the day for them. In two different areas, we were amazed to watch the large schools of Sand lances flying out of the water when the Horned Grebes dived after them. The Grebes were very adept at herding the schools to catch their prey.

A lone Black-bellied Plover was seen on the shoreline.

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