Friday, September 10, 2004

Ocean Shores

Ryan, Chris, Trevor and Rich - Ocean Shores 2004
Ocean Shores is situated southwest of Seattle in Washington and from 03rd – 06th September 2004; Trevor Forder, Chris Charlesworth, Ryan Tomlinson and I spent our time birding the local area. Though we didn’t manage to see our target bird; a Black-tailed Gull, we did find many fantastic birds. As this was my first trip into the states, there were plenty of lifers waiting around every corner. The highlights were birding along Point Brown Jetty; watching Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Brown Pelican and Wandering Tattler. Also, seeing Marbled Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Whimbrel and Willet at Tokeland Marina was a great treat. That said, the whole trip was awesome, leaving us all with many wonderful memories. This was my introducion to Washington birding and it left me wanting to come back for more. Much more! Only a short ferry ride from Vancouver Island, Washinton is easily accessible, and with its dramatic geography, offers great birding potential in a variety of habitats. After reading Hal Opperman's book: A Birder's Guide to Washington, I couldn't wait to return.