~ Fleeting Moments ~ WPC: Evanescence + Bird Haiku ~

Yesterday, as I walked the trail through the marshy dunes from the beach to our condominium (Long Beach, WA), I spotted birds I’d never seen before.

Red-necked. Phalarope mature & immature

Fortunately, I had my Panasonic with telephoto so I was able to get good enough shots to determine they are Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). “Sexual roles are reversed in phalaropes, with smaller duller-plumaged males incubating eggs and raising the young.” *

Red-necked. Phalarope group

Today there is no sign of them, but a lone Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) called out from the meadow and was perched high enough above the dune grass to get a photo so I could identify it.

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas 2Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Here today, gone tomorrow — the evanescent essence of migration!


small flock bobs in marsh

swimming in circles pecking

at surface for grub


common yellowthroat

warbles atop meadow shrub

wide open solo


*Birds of the Puget Sound Region; Paulson, Morse, Aversa, Opperman.


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7 Responses to ~ Fleeting Moments ~ WPC: Evanescence + Bird Haiku ~

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  2. Tina Schell says:

    A great example of evanescence Lindy. We’re lucky to be on the path of the red knots, who rest here on their way from South America To Antartica. Typically they’re here and gone in a matter of a few days and we photographers work hard to catch them while they’re here. Evanescent migrations indeed.

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  4. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Thank you, Tina. So nice when the WPC fits right into your day!!!

  5. Janice says:

    The singing yellow throat is priceless. Overall I love to see shots of birds.

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