I like birds, don’t get me wrong. A pair of bluejays (Cyanocitta cristata) are nesting in a shrub near my front porch, and it’s delightful to see a glimpse of one of the parents sitting on the eggs. At least I assume that’s what they’re doing; perhaps they’re just taking a break from strenuous nest building.
I took a break myself yesterday, one of the first warm-ish days of the year, to visit the new boardwalk at the nearby Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Located on the last undeveloped river delta in Washington State, it’s an amazing place and a mecca for birders.
Despite a small knowledge of and large affection for our feathered friends, I am no birder. I saw a few familiar types on my walk — bald eagles, Canada geese, ducks, seagulls, swallows — but as these photos show, my interests are more in patterns, clouds, light & shadow. Hope you enjoy this non-birder’s look at a special bird habitat.