Birding the Olympic Peninsula of Washington
September 2009

Joppa Flats Education Center (Mass Audubon) ran a scouting trip
to the Olympic Peninsula from September 17-24, 2009. We birded around
the Tumwater area for a day, then headed to Westport for coastal and pelagic
birding. Next we then headed north along the Hood Canal and over to Port Angeles.
We birded in the Olympic National Park, along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and then
back to Seattle along Puget Sound. We had a grand trip.

Here are some photos from this trip:

Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler near Tumwater

Mt. Ranier
Mt. Ranier as seen from Tumwater Hill

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks in a pond south of Tumwater

Song Sparrow
That's one dark Song Sparrow!

pelagic dawn
Sunrise behind us as we head out with Westport Seabirds

Black-footed Albatross

Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatrosses

Common Murres
Common Murres

Northern Fulmar

Northern Fulmar
Northern Fulmars

Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin

Humpback
Humpback whale sounding

Marbled Godwits
Marbled Godwits at Tokeland

banana slug
The Banana Slug should be the state invertebrate, at least!

Roosevelt Elk
Roosevelt Elk in the early morning

Dipper
American Dipper

Dipper
Nothing up here

Dipper
Look out below!

Dipper
Have you figured out that I like dippers?

Dipper nest
Dipper nest under a bridge

eagles
Bald Eagles playing games along the Hood Canal

Gray Jay
Gray Jay on Mount Walker

gray jay
Juvenile Gray Jay

butterfly
Pine White

deer

fawn
Black-tailed (Mule) Deer doe and fawn in Olympic National Park

Raven
Common Raven soaring in Olympic National Park

scenic
Olympic Mountains

Mt. Olympus
Mount Olympus

goshawk
Northern Goshawk, probably looking for

sooty grouse

sooty grouse
Sooty Grouse in Olympic National Park

Raven
Common Raven

sapsucker
Red-breasted Sapsucker in Olympic National Park

Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Heermann's Gull
Heermann's Gull along the Strait of Juan de Fuca

looking for seabirds
Looking for seabirds in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Northern Shovelers and American Wigeon
Shovelers and Wigeon in the Strait

Black Turnstones
Black Turnstones at Port Townsend

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