On the way back from Ocean Shores, we stopped at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. It is a small refuge right next to an air strip, but according to the brochure, a lot of shore birds stop there during migration. The board walk took us to this view. Hundreds of Northern Pintails, and Mallards were swimming there.
Three adult females and two adult males in the breeding plumage with a white neck-stripe, white breast and long black tail.
All of the Northern Pintails suddenly took off. (The Mallards stayed….)