Fall is Here

By Joe Behnke. Filed in Uncategorized  |   

The shift is here. Birds are arriving from afar, some still with beautiful summer plumage—like common loons and Pacific loons—others, like rhinoceros auklets and pigeon guillemots, already transformed. Horned grebes and red-necked grebes can now be seen along our julietta online casino shorelines. Hooded mergansers have also returned to the saltwater and, Red-breasted’s, too, busily fish Fisherman Bay. Harlequin ducks forage off Iceberg Point. Strings of Brandt’s cormorants fly up and down the strait and rafts of hundreds of common murres sit on the surface. I spotted a lone Cassin’s auklet in San Juan Channel last weekend, far from its usual open ocean waters. Several pairs of marbled murrelets forage in the mouth of MacKaye Harbor, and by the Inn a large group of surf scoters dive in the shallows. Fall is the best time of year to observe seabirds and ducks, so please go out and take a look.

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