Good birding day to start off February

Another sunny day today for me to go out and enjoy the bike ride to the dyke. Even though I don't bike that often now to the West Dyke Trail, you can definitely see and hear the Red-winged Blackbirds coming back and getting ready to claim their territories.

All the bird feeders along the trail are dominated by these blackbirds, except when I get near and start to take pictures, then they flew away and the other smaller birds start to take over.

A couple of Downy Woodpeckers enjoy the food as well. Now that I looked at the feeder again, the drawing outside is quite beautiful.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
The Red-winged Blackbirds flew to the branches and wondered when will I leave.

Leaving an assortment of small birds to enjoy their chance to feed, e.g. Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, and Black-capped Chickadees.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Song Sparrow

Immature White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Immature White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Immature White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Took me a while to figure out that this is an immature White-crowned Sparrow. Initially, I thought it was a Chipping Sparrow.

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Black-capped Chickadee

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
The Downy Woodpeckers aren't shy as well.

Take photos along the railtrack.


Sunlight hitting the rails created a TRON-like image.

Through the trees

Rail Crossing
A couple of beautiful images from the peaceful scenary.

Rather than walking along the rail, I saw a trail into the forest and walked into it. Definitely feel excited walking on a new path. Saw a couple of American Robins and Varied Thrushes. This was the only decent photo of the VATH inside the poor-lighting forest.

Didn't see this pair above me until I walked out the forest.

SWALLOW ACE? What a strange name.

Heading towards Finn Slough and saw this juvenile Mute Swan again.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
What a beautiful image with the curious background.

Mt. Baker in the distance
Mt. Baker.

Fluidy Dimples
Like the dimple-like surface.

Saw a beautiful sunset ahead of me as turned around heading back home.


Such a beautiful day.

Found some loose feathers on the ground while taking photos of the sunset. Looks like it's a bird-of-prey body feather. Definitely a mystery.

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