June 3: Squak Slough

Heading down Sammamish River.

Heron and turtles sunning on a log in Squak Slough.

Looking for an easy outing, I headed again for the iris marsh of reliable Squak Slough. (This is my fifth visit there.) Just twenty minutes from home, it's where Sammamish River enters Lake Washington, easily reached from the WDFW boat launch on 68th Avenue NE in Kenmore.

Squak Slough.

Western Painted Turtle

Looks to me like a big female of our native Western Painted Turtles.

After a look into breezy Lake Washington, I paddled back into the slough, and like the turtles, sat basking in the sun.

The improbable willow.

The marsh offered watery nooks to explore.

In addition to the heron, there were mallards, red-wing blackbirds, a sitting osprey being harassed by a crow, two soaring bald eagles, and even a solitary sandpiper!

Reference Paddling Washington by Rich Landers and others, The Mountaineers 2008.

Two days later, the rock garden north of Meadow Point provided a mess of wildlife.

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