Enveloping Gray

I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to articulate the feeling of the weather today. Perhaps ‘enveloping gray calm’ starts to get there. The atmosphere was about as wet as it could be. Microdroplets of mist limited visibility, and it was very calm. I suspect out on the water it might have been disorienting, but I found it peaceful walking within it.

Evening Visit to Swan Lake

Mostly cloudy this morning trending towards heavier overcast by afternoon when a little bit of rain fell.
Mostly cloudy this morning trending towards heavier overcast by afternoon when a little bit of rain fell. I walked down to Swan Lake, and along the way thought I heard a Red-winged Blackbird. One had been reported in my neighborhood earlier in the day, so I wasn’t too surprised. The flock of Greater White-fronted Geese and one Cackling Goose were still at the peninsula. I did hear more closely and ultimately got a look at the blackbird.

Birds Departed, Snow Retreating

Overcast with some rain at points during the day. A bit breezy in the afternoon, though it seemed calm in the morning and evening. Walking around the park this morning, things were much quieter. Far fewer ducks and shorebirds than there had been the night before. There were quite a few Marbled Murrelets out on … Read more

Totem Park Shorebirds and Waterfowl

Clouds broke up to partly sunny skies through much of the day. There was a bit of a breeze, but not much. Temperatures in the 50s. The tide was coming up and nearing high while I was at Totem Park. Shorebird numbers seemed to be up, and they were all around from the estuary to in front of the visitor center.

Morning Birding

Mostly cloudy and unexpectedly warm. A bit breezy. Clouds thickened and some rain fell later this evening. For much of the day, the weather was just about what I would consider in the set ideal. Temperatures were into the low 60s, and it was bright but not harsh light. I headed down to the park late this morning. The tide was high, and I sat to observe the shorebirds on the narrow strip of beach in front of the visitor center…