Whatcom Creek is just a short distance from where I was staying in Bellingham. It is a refreshing sight to behold! A beautiful park graces the creek as you near the old downtown area of Bellingham. There is a wooded path along either side of the four mile stretch of water. The creek begins at Whatcom Falls and empties into Bellingham A museum curator explained to me that the name “Whatcom” means “Lots of Noise.” The story behind the name is that when White settlers came into the area, they made a great deal of noise with their logging operation and so the Native Lumni People, called the place, “Whatcom.” However, upon further study, I have discovered that Whatcom means “noisy or rumbling water” in the Lumni language. I do imagine the logging story is a bit more colorful for some.
As I was walking along the creek one day, I spotted a “Black-crowned Night Heron” taking in the calm of the creek. He sat there for at least a half hour resting his wings, joined by a number of Mallards, who escaped before I could capture them on my cell camera. However, the ever present seagulls were content to pose for me.