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Fort Flagler State Park, Marrowstone Island, WA
January 2022

Kicking off the new year, we decided to spend our first camping trip at Fort Flagler State Park. In 2020, we had a great time hiking and enjoying the sights of the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and decided to return.

Our little tent was the only one among the sea of RVs, but we still enjoyed the relatively crowdless beaches and hiking trails through the coniferious forests. We had the memorible experience of finding out about a tsunami warning from the camp host (both of our cell phones failed to warn us). Out of precaution, we packed out tent into the car and moved to higher ground for the day. Washington didn't see much of any effect, but it did make for an interesting mood among all the campers and beach goers.

As with our last visit to Fort Flagler, we had great views into the surprisingly flat waters of the sound and strait. Despite the thick fog that settled over us, scoping from the bluffs gave great views of the small flocks of Ancient and Marbled Murrelets as well as Pigeon Guilemots, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loons, Common Murres, and Pelagic Cormorants. On the small spit from the campground were large flocks of Brant and shorebirds once again - Black Turnstones, Dunlin, Sanderlings, and Black-bellied Plovers.

Even with (or maybe because of) the tsunami warning, our first camping of 2022 will be something we'll remember.


Pictures (click on thumbnails to enlarge)

Bird List
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Short-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
European Starling
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Pine Siskin
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
California Sea Lion
Harbor Seal
Douglas Squirrel
Pacific tree frog


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