Andrew home Photo gallery John's trip to Washington (state), August 2004

Rhinoceros auklet

RHINOCEROS AUKLET, at Port Townsend, where the Puget Sound meets the Pacific Ocean. Like penguins, they are excellent underwater swimmers. Note the "horn-like" protrusion on top of the beak.

HEERMANN'S GULL, also at Port Townsend. This is the only gull with a reddish bill. They nest mainly along the Pacific coast of Mexico, and don't usually stray this far north.

Rhinoceros auklet
Glaucous-winged Gull

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, at the Ocean Shores jetty, on the Pacific Ocean. This is the most common large gull on the Pacific coast.

COMMON MURRE, at the Ocean Shores jetty. Murres are large members of the auk family, which typically nest in colonies and spend most of the year feeding at sea.

Common Murre
Ruddy Turnstone

RUDDY TURNSTONE, at the Ocean Shores jetty. One of the most conspicuous of the shorebirds, which are usually quite plain.

CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, at Deception Pass State Park, on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Lewis's Woodpecker

LEWIS'S WOODPECKER, at Oak Creek burn area, in the interior of Washington, not far from the Yakima Valley. Oddly colored, with greenish and blackish hues.

WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER, at Wenas campground, not far from Yakima, WA. A close relative of the Red-headed woodpecker.

White-headed Woodpecker