When the birding is slow, take some time to study the local insects. While identifying some of these creatures makes immature gull ID look easy, some species are big and flashy enough to be accessible. Here are a few creatures from my recent outings, along with my best attempts at identification. Let me know if you find any errors.
Woodland Skipper is one of the most abundant butterfly species in the Pacific NW this time of year.
I believe this is an Orange Sulphur. Sulphurs are very active and seldom perch with their wings open, so getting a good look is extremely difficult.
Cabbage White is another common species.
Carolina Grasshoppers are very plain when at rest, but have a bold black and yellow pattern on their wings when in flight.
Dragonflies come in a great variety of colors and are an increasingly popular target among wildlife watchers. The challenge, of course, is finding one willing to sit still long enough to give you a good look. This is a female Blue Dasher.
I love the turquoise and chestnut colors of this Blue-eyed Darner.
I still prefer birds and herps, but there are a lot of other beautiful creatures out there. As I often say, there is always something to see.