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Deep green moss. Old pilings. Ferns growing out of a tree trunk. A blue chair. Beach sunsets.

The weather was good while we were at the beach and we spent many hours walking. There were not a lot of birds around, mostly crows and gulls. We saw just one flock of peeps. There was an eagle nest across the river and we could see them coming and going but no good views of the nest.

We spent a few days at the beach, mainly to dig for razor clams but also for a much needed change of scenery for me. Winter has gone on for five months and I needed to see something besides snow and ice. The dogs were happy too. Willow got to run and run and swim in a river too. She’s a natural in the water. And all the smells! It was very stimulating for a seven month old puppy. Sky liked it too. They made new dog friends everywhere we went. And they found sticks. And a floor mat from someone’s car.

Mostly just Sky. Luna was there watching. It’s hard to get old and have to stay on the sidelines.

Small shorebirds are often called peeps, especially by people that are unsure of their ID! They are wildly entertaining while they forage in the sand and follow the waves in and out on the beach. In flight, they are amazing, all changing directions at the same time. How do they do it?

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