Sunday, July 20, 2014

USA 2014 - Dungeness River Audubon and John Wayne Marina

Our first stop as we turned and headed for home was the Dungeness River Audubon Sanctuary, which on arrival proved to be closed, which was a major disappointment.  On the roof a Steller's Jay:

We walked the bridge across the swollen river:

Encountering Fox Sparrows:

Spotted Towhees singing in the morning sunlight:

White-crowned Sparrows:

We didn't really know where we were or what to do though so turned and headed back.  On the way a noisy group of birds drew out attention to a Barred Owl, just off the trail:

It was being harassed by Robins, Hummingbirds and Towhees, all dive bombing and scolding it, but it remained unmoved, just waiting for dark again...

From the Audubon we pulled into the John Wayne Marina and watched a young Glaucous-winged Gull take apart, rather expertly, a limpet:

We had planned another stop on the way to our last hotel at Seattle airport but the rain set in properly so we drove on and squeezed in some last minute shopping before an early night, early start and the trip home.

We thoroughly enjoyed this visit to the USA, with Utah being the highlight, it's an amazing landscape, quite spectacular and breathtaking.  We didn't add that many more lifers but then we have birded this country extensively now and probably therefore won't be back this way for a good long while.


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