Category Archives: Seasons

Full Bloom

Black-Capped Chickadee on Oregon Grape

“Spring is finally here!” To that declaration I often add “Can winter be far behind?” In the Pacific Northwest we have to make the most of every good-weather day, as things can change quickly and unpredictably for the worse. Yesterday I had to travel across Lake Washington into Seattle. So I took the opportunity to […]

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A Day on the Slough

 The Sammamish Slough connects Lake Sammamish with Lake Washington. It borders Marymoor Park in Redmond, a park well-known for good birding and also for its expansive off-leash dog exercise area. Last Friday, I spent 5 hours kayaking up and down a 1-mile stretch, watching both the many birds and the dogs whose owners had brought […]

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First of Season: Varied Thrush

We had our first frost a few days ago. I remember my wife Tina remarking, “We should be seeing Varied Thrushes any day now.” Sure enough, this morning I noticed one, then two, then a small flock, in our backyard. They were feeding on apples that dropped from our trees. Like many migrating birds, the […]

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Spring Bounces Back

Here in the Pacific Northwest U.S., seasons are the topic of many jokes. I’ve witnessed over 25 Northwest Springs. Warm sunny weather is so unreliable here that all I can say is “Spring is here…can Winter be far behind?” All cynicism aside, my neighbors and I have been loving the interludes of heavenly weather. Share

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