I am taking full advantage of my sabbatical by spending as much time as possible on the Olympic Peninsula, one of my favorite places in Washington. I love the wild confluence of the Olympic Mountains, the Hoh Rainforest, and the Salish Sea. And all just a short ferry ride away from my home in Kirkland.
Near the Dungeness NWR north of Sequim, I ran into two more Tropical Kingbirds. Are they more lost souls, or the vanguard of a coming Tropical Kingbird invasion force? I’m betting on the former, although I will check to see if my insurance covers flycatcher damage. Here’s one of today’s Tropical vagrants:
At Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, I watched shorebirds and seabirds as the sun set behind the mountains a little before 4pm. Sanderlings (the lighter ones in the picture below) and Dunlin (the darker ones) fed nearby. They are some of the most common sandpipers in the County in November.
Much more rare in these parts was this Rock Sandpiper that my wife spotted under the Pilot House:
This was a new bird for my Big Year, and one that I thought I’d have to drive back out to Ocean Shores to do some more jetty walking to see. They had not yet arrived for the Winter when I was last at the Point Brown Jetty.
Finally, adding to my collection of unusual signs, I offer this one – seen near Hansville on the Kitsap Peninsula. I have composted many things in my life: leaves, sticks, fir needles, vegetable peels, pizza boxes, and moldy jack-o-lanterns. But I have never had the need to compost 6-foot tall Australian birds. Now I know where to go when the need arises:
I wonder if they take Ostriches, too?