Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival, Blaine and Birch Bay, 2015

Photos by Steve Guntli

Thunder the red-tailed hawk leans on Bethany Tegt for balance during Sardis Raptor Center’s Hunters of the Sky presentation, part of  the Wings Over Water festival in Blaine and Birrch Bay on March 14. Thunder was rescued during a police raid several years ago. Her owners had cut off one of her wings to keep her from flying away and were keeping her in a cage. She is now a permanent resident of the Sardis Raptor Center.

Thunder the red-tailed hawk leans on Bethany Tegt for balance during Sardis Raptor Center’s Hunters of the Sky presentation, part of the Wings Over Water festival in Blaine and Birrch Bay on March 14. Thunder was rescued during a police raid several years ago. Her owners had cut off one of her wings to keep her from flying away and were keeping her in a cage. She is now a permanent resident of the Sardis Raptor Center.

A great blue heron takes flight out of Drayton Harbor.

A great blue heron takes flight out of Drayton Harbor.

Volunteers from the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District show young birders how to make custom bird feeders out of pine cones.

Volunteers from the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District show young birders how to make custom bird feeders out of pine cones.

Undeterred by wind and rain, a group of about 30 birdwatching enthusiasts embarked on a walking tour of Birch Bay on March 15.

Undeterred by wind and rain, a group of about 30 birdwatching enthusiasts embarked on a walking tour of Birch Bay on March 15.

Chili the barn owl is one of several permanent residents of the Sardis Raptor Center. Unable to fly due to an accident when she was a chick, Chili was raised in captivity and is fully imprinted, meaning she considers herself human.

Chili the barn owl is one of several permanent residents of the Sardis Raptor Center. Unable to fly due to an accident when she was a chick, Chili was raised in captivity and is fully imprinted, meaning she considers herself human.

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