I always stop at the different "pump stations" along Airport Way, though I couldn't actually tell you what they are. At this one behind Thyssen Krupp Elevator I found my first new bird of the day, a Red-shouldered Hawk:
We kept walking east...
When we reached the wetlands around 9 there was a nice fog going on...
Within fifteen minutes the fog completely dissipated. I made my way around to the east side of the wetlands where another pump station is located. A trail leads behind it offering another view of the wetlands, as well as access to the Columbia Slough Trail. Back there I came across a flurry of activity- kinglets and creepers and chickadees and wrens!
At this point I heard a faint sound, almost like a horn, and my first thought was swan, quickly followed by my second thought "you're crazy." I dismissed it and snuck into my secret spot for popping a squat while on dog walks. Then I heard the sound again. I looked up and sure enough, five swans were flying overhead. Crap!
I scrambled to pull up my pants, grab my bins, buckle my belt, not drop the dogs' leashes, and made a mad dash back towards the wetlands. Thankfully the swans had landed in the water and I was able to get some better looks, with pants on.
They sounded like Trumpeters, and sure looked big enough to be Trumpeters, but I was convinced that was just too crazy. I returned to the viewpoint behind the pump station and waited, hoping I would get a chance to hear them again and record their sound. I lucked out- they took off after a short time, and flew right towards me!
This time I managed a video with my phone as they passed by that can be seen/heard on Flickr. I sent it out for some confirmation because I still could not believe it. Indeed, Rhett, Michele, and Dwight all agreed they were Trumpeters. Not just a great motorless bird, but a new county bird! Not just a new county bird, but my first county bird found while peeing!
On the walk home I was able to add one more new motorless bird for the year:
And lastly, a Red-tailed Hawk clutching something dead was under attack by a crow...