Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bird Watching with Dad and Bro Rich

Cindi and I travelled down to Northern California this past Sunday to visit our family. We had a great time catching up with everyone. On Tuesday (today) my Dad, Brother Richard and his best friend of 40 years, Jeff Gale went out the Yolo Causeway (located between Davis and West Sacramento) to take pictures of critters. The Causeway is located smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Flyway. Waterfowl (and many other kinds of birds) were abundant. We had a great time and took pictures of many different species.

Here are some of the shots from today.

Brother Rich and best friend Jeff

Blue Wing Teal

Cinnamon Teal jump
Red Tail Hawk

Great Horned Owl


Drake Pintal
Sparrow Hawk
Shore Birds (no idea what kind)

Fox Sparrow?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day Eagles

A pair of Bald Eagles put on quite a show for us today. What a blast to have family, sun and eagles visit us all in the same day!









Sunday, December 20, 2009

Glory

I was thumbing through some photos on my computer tonight. I came across some reminders of God’s awesome power and majesty……….Enjoy!





Saturday, December 12, 2009

Four calling birds..

Woke up on Thursday morning to a toasty 19 degrees, when much to my surprise, four drake Wood Ducks hanging out in the back yard. The Wood Duck is tied for my favorite duck species (next to the Harlequin) of all time. My guess is these four could not find a fresh water pond or lake nearby that was not frozen…they had to opt for saltwater and seaweed…

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Excitement and Remembrance

Cindi and I went to the Gig Harbor Christmas tree lighting event this afternoon/evening. It was freezing out but was still very well attended. It is always fun to see and hear the excitement of the kids as they count down for the lighting of the tree and as they watch for the arrival of Santa on the back of a fire truck. The large American flag next to the festive tree was flying at half-staff in remembrance of the four Lakewood Police officers who lost their lives less than a week ago in a senseless act of violence. I think all who attended appreciated this visual reminder of those who have given their lives for us. It would be great if we all could remember and pray for the families of these fallen officers.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Tree Lighting this Saturday

Gig Harbor's annual Christmas tree lighting event is this Saturday starting at 5:00PM. This is always a fun event..

Here are some shots and video from last year....

video

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Spawning Salmon

I took a walk this morning in Ray Nash Valley and quickly noticed Chum Salmon making the annual pilgrimage up Ray Nash creek. Here are some sights and sounds of the fish...
video

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gig Harbor snow...please..

Here are some pictures of Gig Harbor stores in the snow last year in November.... We all would love snow over 50 degrees and rain any day!

Home of the Macho Burrito...
The Christmas Shop
Whole Foods
Westbay Auto
Seasons
Mustard Seed
Harbor Peddler
Harbor Greens
Gig Harbor Yacht Sales
Forza
Brix 25
Tides Tavern

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Semiahmoo Sights

We took a trip to Semiahmoo near the Canadian Border yesterday. The weather was amazing. We had everything from beautiful blue skies to black skies and hail. This type of weather makes for great pictures..
A pair of drake Pintail ducks
Rainbow and Waterfowl

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Eagles in our midst


Cindi and I are just hanging out watching the Seattle Sea Chickens try to beat the lowly Detroit Lions. The Bald Eagles in our back yard are much more entertaining!

Enjoy!