Date: 10/28/17 12:50 pm From: Megan Ward <meganward28...> Subject: [Tweeters] Juanita Bay Park 10/28
It was a beautiful fall morning, and my 8yr old daughter Emily wanted to go birding (the same Emily who was very excited to find a scrub-jay in our yard recently that we posted about- thank you so much to those of you who reached out after that post with such kindness and generosity). We live fairly close to Juanita Bay Park, so spent a couple hours walking around there. It turned out to be a very birdy morning! We saw a number of other birders and photographers enjoying the day, too.
Highlights for Emily included bufflehead (she was happy to see them return), lesser scaup, Wilson's snipe foraging in the mud, a hermit thrush who hopped onto the boardwalk rail right in front of us, huge rafts of what must have been thousands of coots, a belted kingfisher repeatedly hovering, pairs of wood ducks, ring-necked ducks, a gull eating a rather large fish (catfish?), handfuls of very active and busy ruby- and golden-crowned kinglets, and a very closeup downy woodpecker excavating a cavity from a snag right next to the trail. A small group of us had gathered to watch, and were all wondering why it was excavating in the fall. Emily would be interested if anyone knows!