During the early and cold hours of the morning, we watched the moon set behind the snow capped mountains of Washington.
The darkness was replaced with overcast skies. All with various shades of gray......
I sipped my hot coffee looking out from our SUV window. The roads were rough. And they were remote.
We acquired our target bird, the White-headed Woodpecker, along the road. She was a beauty!
|Lifer-White-headed Woodpecker, female|
|Gray-crowned rosy finch|
Birding is an incredible journey that takes us to some very remote places. I'm not sure I could do it alone for some of these birds.
These journeys do pay off big time though as we are able to observe birds in the wild away from humanity.
|Photo courtesy of Khanh Tran. I didn't know he took this pic of us but you can get a scope of the lighting conditions and magnitude of the Cliff Swallow nests.|
Another lifer, the Gray-crowned rosy finch, was seen in great numbers around old Cliff Swallow nests. This is only something I've read about in books. In fact, most birders don't get to observe this behavior. The fact that we did see this, speaks volumes about how special this observation was for us.
While I began to miss the Arizonan sun a bit, I was enraptured by these amazing winter birds. A special "thank you" to friend and guide, Khanh Tran, for sharing with us his knowledge about his local birds. We have now expanded our birder language to include several more species of bird.
Several more tales to tell from the Pacific Northwest and then we're back in Arizona for spring and wildflower season. More adventures to come....
|American Three-toed Woodpecker|