Bob’s sister came to visit us last week, and we took her to Point No Point Lighthouse in Hansville, WA. I forgot to take a picture, but the north side of the lighthouse is a sandy beach, and the south side is a marsh. The weather was perfect. Not too hot, and not too cold, so we sat on the beach for a several hours.
I noticed several of dark colored ducks were swimming, but I couldn’t tell what they were, so I took pictures. It took a long time, but I found out that they are Rhinoceros Auklet. This one is a breeding adult since it has s white horn at the base of it’s bill, and white plum of the face. it took a long time to id this bird since it didn’t come up using the Merlin app on my phone. It wasn’t on Sibley’s Field guide, either, but I found it at ebird.org (http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L109542)
A Cedar Waxing was perched on a branch of a shrub in the mash behind the lighthouse. I guess it wasn’t showing the red waxy tips on the wings.
When we reached the observation deck in the marsh, we noticed quite a few Great Blue Herons mostly in pairs. I guess they have made a colony there, and are breeding!