Sucia Island Storm Damage

Sucia Island is the closest San Juan Island to my home port of Birch Bay. So when the yacht clubs in the area promoted a cleanup day for the State Park on the Island it was a natural that I would work out a way to be there. I have lots of story ideas from the trip. The winter storms this year have changed the face of the park.

Broken branches and downed trees litter the trails creating hazardous conditions in many places. Some tree species seemed particularly susceptible. Many though lost a branch or two and will continue growing without interuption. Madrona, juniper, and some of the south facing cypress showed the effects. Shoreline erosion continues apace.

One of my highlights was speaking with a gentleman who had sailed into Sucia in 1948. It was not a park. It was wild and isolated. And it was beautiful. Today it slowly regains some of the beauty. The sandstone bluffs and wild forests provide a unique environment. Our online pharmacy is the perfect resource for people to get their drugs without any hassles or awkwardness. buy cialis We work hard to make sure you save money every time you shop with us. buy levitrabuy soma At our online store, you pay less and get more. buy viagra

 


Morning song

One of the surest signs of spring is the new birdsong that we hear in the morning. Like lilting lifting music it pulls out of bed and on to the patio with a cup of hot coffee. Close eyes and listen.

Warblers, vireos, finches…

For a prairie boy though it is the warbling song of the Red Winged Blackbird ( Agelaius phoeniceus ) carrying me back to carefree times on the marshes and byways of my youth. More than once these fiercely territorial birds took offence to my bike (couldn’t have been me.)

Harbingers of spring. It will lay two or three eggs taking  ten to twelve days to hatch.

 


Glaucous-winged Gull, Larus glaucescens

Look closely! See that bright red spot on the bill. That is known as a breeding spot. It appears on sexually mature and active male and female Glaucous-winged Gulls at this time of year. (Ain’t that a ten pound name for a gray wing?) The breeding spot really has not much to do with breeding. Rather, the small spot near the end of the bill is associated with chicks feeding. They peck at it in order to stimulate feeding.

One of the fun challenges of identifying these gulls is the hybridization that occurs with the Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) in Puget Sound. In Alaska it is the Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)that can mate with them.

 


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