Deception Pass

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
From Fidalgo Island Crossings, a winter visit to Deception Pass State Park produced a couple of wildlife photos.  At Cranberry Lake, this Cormorant in black winter plumage dries his wings in the low winter sun.  According to iBird, captive birds will take the same posture after feeding, even when their feathers are not wet.  At the parking lot, one of the park rangers reminds visitors to follow the rules:

Northwestern Crow (Corvus caurinus)
Northwestern Crows (Corvus caurinus), smaller cousins of the American Crow, make their living as beachcombers.  Meanwhile, Canada Geese take a break at the edge of the lake to wish everyone a Happy New Year:

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)