Friday, May 11, 2012

A Westham Island Spring....

I celebrated the arrival of the warm sun by visiting the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island.  While there, I met many new faces and was serenaded by several different bird species, including a few that I was able to photograph: Marsh Wrens, Song Sparrows, Tree Swallows and Rufous Hummingbirds.

Many were still nesting, including the beautiful Sandhill Crane. She's currently warming two eggs, born two days apart.  Last year, this Sandhill Crane also laid two eggs.  Sadly, one drowned shortly after hatching.  The other is alive and well and thrilling Sanctuary visitors daily.

Finally, a visit to the sanctuary wouldn't be the same without the tender squeak of a mischievous, opportunistic female Wood Duck...pigging out on bird seed.

Until next time....


  1. Awesomeness!!! Can't wait to get there with you next week!!!
    4 more sleeps ;-)

  2. Kimberly, nice to see you! I was a Reifel on Friday too! There with a bunch of kids from the granddaughters class!
    It was great to see all the chicks! One pair of Canada's had a brood of 13 following them around! They must have been babysitting!

  3. Spring is singing birds..lovely Kim!