|Entrance to the Deming Homestead Eagle Park.|
During our search up and down the river, we stopped at the Deming Homestead Eagle Park. This little park is a hidden gem right on the North Fork of the Nooksack River. As the name implies, the land was donated by a local farming family.
|Giving the river the ol' eagle eye for a tasty meal.|
We were there just in time to see a few Bald Eagles, a Great Blue Heron, a small flock of Mallards, and an American Dipper working the floating wood debris for a meal.
|An eagle takes flight.|
Since eagles come here seasonally, we were surprised to find two nests up in the bare branches of two tall trees and an eagle sitting nearby.
|Eagle nests high in the branches.|
|High water lapping at the edge of the park trail.|
You can see piles of stumps and logs floating in the water and lodged on the gravel bars along the meandering river channel. The gravel beneath is where the salmon spawn and lay their eggs. The jumbled wood piles provide protection for the eggs and developing fry. On this visit, the water level was quite high.
|Strolling along the park trail.|
It's easy to find because signage along the road is excellent. Go about half a mile on Truck Road and you will find the park on the right.
For more information about this driving tour, check out Insiders' Guide Bellingham and Mount Baker by Michael McQuaide. -- Margy