WHERE DID YOU PADDLE? November 2013

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by alexsidles, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. alexsidles

    alexsidles Paddler

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    My dad and I did a short route in the saltwater off Seattle from Shilshole Bay Marina to the lighthouse at Discovery Park and back. Winds were calm, seas were flat, and the sun was warm. The winter seabirds have all arrived: we saw Surf Scoters, Horned and Red-necked Grebes, Brant's Geese, Common Goldeneyes, Red-breasted Mergansers, Rhinoceros Auklets (a year-round bird but still cool), Buffleheads, a Common Loon, Ring-billed Gulls, Thayer's Gulls, Heermann's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls (another year-round resident), and hundreds of Mew Gulls. I also saw a very cool Glaucous-winged–Western Gull hybrid.

    Dad's not so much in to birds, but he did enjoy the sun's soothing rays as we loitered around the lighthouse near slack tide. I'm pretty sure I caught him sleeping at one point!



    Alex
     

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  2. chodups

    chodups Paddler

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    Hey Alex,
    That was me in the green Illusion that you passed going the other way.
    It was a lovely day.