Whidbey Island Birds & Wildlife, Day 2

Black Oystercatcher at Deception Pass State Park
Black Oystercatcher At Deception Pass State Park

In my last blog post I highlighted photos from the first day of a trip I took with my wife last week to Whidbey Island. This new post includes photos from the second day of our trip.  One really great place that we stopped at on the second day of the trip was Deception Pass State Park, where I photographed several Black Oystercatchers, including the one in the photo above.  The park includes a great mix of beach and wooded habitat and some fantastic views of the quarter mile long Deception Pass bridge that connects the island to the mainland.

We also stopped at Possession Beach Waterfront Park on the very south end of the island.  This park also has a great variety of habitat, including beach, wetland and a three quarter mile trail through old growth forest.  There were a wide variety of birds and other wildlife to be seen at this park, including the California Quail and rabbit in the photos below.

California Quail
A California Quail
A Rabbit in the Grass

Finally, we stopped at the Earth Sanctuary, a privately owned 72-acre nature preserve and retreat center that features both wetland and wooded habitat.  Below are pictures of a Great Blue Heron and a Rufous Humminbird that I took at the sanctuary.

A Great Blue Heron at the Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island
Great Blue Heron
A Rufous Hummingbird on a cattail at the Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island.
Rufous Hummingbird and Cattail

The Earth Sanctuary also features other types of wildlife besides birds, including the little deer in the photograph below, who crossed the trail right in front of us.

A small deer on the trail at the Earth Sanctuary.
A Small Deer on the Trail
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