Eide Road Birding (Jan 15, 2017)

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eide_road_coverConditions: walk
Gear: camera equipment
Map: n/a
Area: Fir Island (Conway, WA)
Reference: n/a
Stats: 2.44mi, 33' gain (round trip)

Time for a birding trip! Steve and I went on a snowshoe trip yesterday. Today it was time to get the camera equipment out and take some pictures of birds.

I wanted to head back to Fir Island. I was there last weekend and wanted to spend more time checking it out. We arrived somewhat early but the place seemed really quiet...except for the occasional gunshot from nearby hunters. Maybe that was keeping the birds hunkered down and hidden. I saw one kingfisher from afar. There were a couple of hawks around but too far away to get any decent shots. Near the parking area there was one eagle perched high in a tree. We got some good photos of that guy...

We talked about where to head next. We thought about heading up to the Nooksack to see if there were more eagles handing out. Instead, we decided to head down to Eide Road and check out the birds there. I'd been there once before and it was a bit of a bust. We'd talked to another birder today and he said there were lots of owls out there recently so we decided to give it a try.

We arrived and instantly knew it would be a good day. Lots of photographers out, lots of big lenses out, lots of raptors flying about. We parked, pulled out the gear and headed into the field. There must have been 8-10 short eared owls perched or flying about. There was the occasional harrier. A couple of eagles too. Even a few hawks. We spent most of the time photographing the short eared owl.

I think Steve was impressed...he finally got to see some wildlife and wow...those owls are amazing!
Eide Road Slideshow

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