A bald eagle keeps watch from a tree in the Fir Island Farm Reserve Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area in Skagit County. (Dave Wenning)
A bald eagle keeps watch from a tree in the Fir Island Farm Reserve Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area in Skagit County. (Dave Wenning)

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Bevy of birds to behold this month and beyond

Hooded mergansers engage in a courtship display on Hicks Lake in Lacey. (Larry James)
Hooded mergansers engage in a courtship display on Hicks Lake in Lacey. (Larry James)

Pacific Flyway waterfowl

Swans on a still lake with ring-necked ducks in the background. (WDFW)
Swans with ring-necked ducks in the background. (WDFW)
A bald eagle soars in the Skagit Valley. (Angie Banta)
A bald eagle soars in the Skagit Valley. (Angie Banta)

Skagit River bald eagles

A drake wood duck takes flight over the waters of Hicks Lake in Lacey. (Larry James)
A drake wood duck takes flight over the waters of Hicks Lake in Lacey. (Larry James)

Community science adds up in Christmas Bird Count

A bald eagle peers from a tree near Rockport in Skagit County. (Sandee Waddoups)
A bald eagle peers from a tree near Rockport in Skagit County. (Sandee Waddoups)

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