With the changing of seasons has come a dramatic drop in the level of the bird population at Ship Harbor on the west side of Anacortes. Of course my walk included sightings of gulls, herons and crows. There is also still an osprey in a nest. And I was happy to encounter the little birds pictured here: flicker, red-winged blackbird and finches. The flicker and blackbird were quite a distance away across a wetland. The finches were hanging out in blackberry bushes.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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