COVID-19 might’ve grounded humans, but birds of a different feather still fly around together, as carefree as can be. For birders and bird watchers, Edmonds remains a prime piece of real estate to watch a most glorious show.
Every year, Edmonds welcomes 180-190 species of birds on water, in fields, marshes, wetlands, forests, and your own backyard. Avid birders track many species passing through or setting up shop, with a few exciting visitors making their debut appearance in the Pacific Northwest.
On any given season, week, or day, you can spot a Bald Eagle, the Great Blue Heron, Stellar Jay, Belted Kingfisher, Barred Owl, Anna's Hummingbird… The thrilling list goes on.
Nicholas Lund of the Audubon Society chirps that birding is a "lifelong scavenger hunt played across the entire earth. It’s equal parts science and poetry, hoots of triumph and quiet reflection, adventures to far-flung corners of the world and discoveries in your own back yard."
That does sound like a worthy pursuit, doesn't it? He offers some advice on how to begin birding. He says to start by getting your hands on a field guide: Edmonds Bookshop is a great place to look for that. Then, just decide what bird you're going to look for. Once you've done a little research to ensure they're in the area, go forth and explore! Easy as that.
Puget Sound Express (PSE) offers a three-day birdwatching cruise through the San Juan Islands, departing from Sequim. The next cruise is April 13-15. PSE also does Puffin and Protection Island Bird Migration Cruises.
It's a two-hour trip before you get on the cruise, so start early, and spot a plethora of fine feathered friends just before getting to the tour boat!
Best of all, it doesn’t cost a thing. Just bring your eyes, maybe a pair of "bins" (binoculars), camera, and a notebook to document your personal sightings. Once you see a new bird and hear its original song, it's yours. Forever.
Whoa...is that a Cedar Waxwing?