We took the dogs up to Bayview State Park near Anacortes earlier today. It was a different kind of bay view. The tide was waaaaay out and not much water was to be seen. You really notice how shallow this area is when all you see is mud.
The herons and seagulls were enjoying it though. We watched a gull pick up a shellfish, fly up about 10 feet or so, and then drop it onto the rocks below. He did this several times trying to crack open the shell for delicacy inside.
The herons were having a field day in the mudflats foraging for food.
On the walk back to the car, I happened to look down and saw hundreds of tiny shells nestled among the rocks. I'm not sure exactly what they are, but they sure were plentiful. I'm thinking they are snails of some kind since we did see a couple of them moving. Once we realized they were there, we quickly moved away from the area to protect them.