> I saw a number of bald eagles and hawks on my trip last weekend to Samish Island, but Fidalgo Island boasts its own population of predators. On Tuesday I spent about 45 minutes on March’s Point, much of that time looking for eagles. I was told by a bicyclist passing by that there have been more than a dozen eagles hanging around trees such as this one on the shoreline. This immature eagle took the place of a mature, white-capped eagle as I moved from one position to another in an effort to put my back to the sun. I capped off my bird-watching day in the evening on North Whidbey, where I saw a large osprey in a tree overlooking a pond. No camera, and probably not enough light if I had it.
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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