|Owl in flight; neither I nor my camera could keep up|
|Mysterious floating mountains in the fog|
The short-eared owls didn't have the skies over the fields entirely to themselves; there were also at least two, and likely more, northern harriers working the habitat. They didn't seem any more lucky than the owls but, my, they were gorgeous creatures too. We'd seen female harriers before--I think last Superbowl Sunday, at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge--and she was lovely but yesterday we also saw a male northern harrier and he was quite stunning. Sadly, I got no brilliant or even relatively good photos of them. Still I can't complain when I did get owl photos and some evocative scenery snaps, and I did get to see the amazing birds in action.
Some driving tips: Eide Road, which requires a Discover Pass, is between Stanwood and Camano off highway 532. You take the Camano Island exit off I-5 and drive west for a few miles (beyond Stanwood). Eide Road is halfway across a bridge (across Leque Island, I think). They're doing a bunch of construction and you have to drive half a mile further along to where you can get turned around and head east on 532 so you can make a legal turn onto Eide. Then it's a mile or less down the road. Park where the other cars are and then follow the road/path, keeping an eye out for the birds.
Some of the walk will be muddy. You may also see greater yellowlegs
|Not the greatest photo ever of a couple of greater yellowlegs|