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PostSun Jun 03, 2018 4:14 pm 
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I heard 2 Hermit Thrushes 10 days ago up the NF Teanaway. This is the brief time of year the males will come out and be seen. Be on the lookout.
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PostSun Jun 17, 2018 2:46 pm 
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Saw a Western Tanager in the yard this afternoon.  At one point it landed 10 feet from my front door.
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PostTue Sep 11, 2018 5:49 pm 
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I'd heard from others that great blue herons visit the lake at Boeing Creek Park, but I'd never seen one despite numerous visits.  Until today.  Finally spotted a GBH.  On the opposite shore from me, trying hard to look invisible.  Was also a bit surprised to see about a half a dozen Canadian honkers.  They aren't usually there.  Heard but didn't see a kingfisher.  As usual a whole bunch of mallards.  As usual they come running (or swimming) as soon as they spot a person, always hopeful for handouts.  None of this year's juvenile males are showing any green on their heads yet.
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PostWed Sep 12, 2018 7:02 am 
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I was at Nisqually this last Sunday and as usual, I missed seeing a Bittern. I have been going there for several years now in hopes of seeing one and always hear from another birder that they had seen one, and I had missed it by so many minutes.

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PostFri Nov 09, 2018 6:25 am 
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we have a swarm of hummingbirds wintering in our yard.

making friends with this guy. he has no problem being photographed. photographing him, on the other hand, is a problem...


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PostFri Nov 09, 2018 6:33 am 
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extended back yard this summer... this is from the hatchery on reiter road. there where 2 of them in the hatchery ponds. flew away when we walked up. never seen a herron up in a tree before.


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PostFri Nov 09, 2018 7:54 pm 
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Cool pic. Great Blue Herons nest pretty high up in trees. Here's a pic of a heron rookery in Marymoor Park in Redmond:

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PostFri Nov 09, 2018 7:55 pm 
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I saw two Wilson's Snipes yesterday on the Colockum Ridge golf course south of Quincy
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PostSat Nov 10, 2018 4:39 am 
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Did a high tide paddle along river-side Jetty Island in Everett last week and saw 9-12 Great Blue Herons at once in several places as they scattered and regrouped upriver.  I know rookeries are usually in fairly tall trees, of which there are none on Jetty Island.

I wonder where those rascals go at night?

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PostSat Nov 10, 2018 5:04 pm 
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tmatlack wrote:
.  .  .  saw 9-12 Great Blue Herons at once in several places as they scattered and regrouped upriver.  I know rookeries are usually in fairly tall trees, of which there are none on Jetty Island. 

I wonder where those rascals go at night?

Great Blue Herons are typically solitary foragers, occasionally in small groups or 2 or 3. As you know, they nest in larger groups. (A rookery aka heronry can have a couple hundred nests). That you saw 9-12 of them suggests a heronry was nearby. I recall seeing a small heronry a few years ago at Riverview Wildlife Refuge 3-4 miles SE of Jetty Island. I wouldn't be surprised if a heronry exists in the Snohomish River estuary.

At night GBHs often sleep in trees.
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PostSun Nov 11, 2018 3:48 pm 
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I am used to seeing towhees thrashing about in the leaf litter for food. It was a surprise to see one perched in a backyard apple tree pecking away at an apple still attached to the branch. I had been cutting the apples up and feeding them to deer but will leave some for the towhees now that I know they enjoy them too.
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