We soaked up La Conner, Washington where we stayed during the month of February. La Conner is not usually as sleepy as it is now. Since COVID there are less tourists around and the streets are quiet. The state has just opened up a bit more so the restaurants are starting to be busy again……still not tempted to go into a restaurant at this point.
Below I am riding an Eagle/cycle outside a great Antique shop, a favorite Window Shopping stop. Folks are friendly and they recognize us as being from out of town and ask us questions.
The snow melted quickly, and we are back to the green of the Pacific Northwest.
One day, we were in a State Forest looking for bugs on a trail, and a man was watching Mark intently. He finally asked him what he was doing. Mark gave his “elevator pitch” about the project and the man turned to me and said “WOW, he doesn’t look that interesting, but he actually is, eh?” …… yep he is indeed……….
Perhaps the most exciting part of La Conner is that it is in the Skagit Valley which is home to such an abundant bird population! I’ve been keeping a journal and trying to add a page every day of some new species of bird, plant, tree, mammal….It’s a challenge for me to have a strict practice like this, but my friend Hazel has been keeping me honest and holding me accountable! I check in with her each week about what i’ve added to this journal.
For the other Birders reading this, here is what we’ve seen so far!
– Green Winged Teal
– Golden Eye
– Buffle Head
– Surf Scoter
– Pigeon Guillemot
– Western Grebe
– Herring Gull
– Bald Eagles – “thick like mosquitos”
– Anna hummingbirds
– Hooded Merganser
– Northern Pintail
– Harlequin (duck)