Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sunday at the Fill

Last Sunday morning, Truman and I got down to the Fill for a bit of birding.  I wound up taking more photos of Tru than of birds, though there were plenty of birds out and about.  The WOW birds (Wintering-Over Waterfowl) are returning to the lake -- a few Ring-necked Ducks, lots of coots.  The migrating fall warblers are passing through -- I spotted a Yellow-rumped Warbler flitting about.  And the Red-winged Blackbirds are setting up camp in the cattails again.

The most interesting sighting was at the Main Pond, where a lone Cackling Goose was hanging out with a juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose.

Most unusual.  They stayed close together during the half hour or so that I watched them.

The Golden-crowned Sparrows that we see here only in Autumn and Winter were also hopping around.

After circling the Loop Trail, I decided to check on the Yesler Swamp boardwalk progress.  It's not done yet, though you can now walk on it from near the parking lot all the way to the view of Yesler Cove.  

Truman did not care for the metal grating in one section.

But with some encouragement, he conquered his fears.  Such a brave boy!

Next up tomorrow:  we meet up with Tina and Ocean for more sketching at Magnuson Park.

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