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PostFri Feb 21, 2020 5:48 pm 
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Saw a bunch of American widgeons at Carkeek Park today.  Those little ducks are so adorable with their squeaky toy calls.
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PostSat Feb 22, 2020 9:08 pm 
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Not long after dark today, two Great Horned Owls called back and forth to each other for about 10 minutes or so in some trees out in my yard. I was pretty stoked, since I pretty much only hear Barred Owls doing their “hoo-aws” and “who cooks for you” calls in my yard. I was having a small after dark campfire in the outdoor fire pit this evening to burn up some wood scraps, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have heard them calling since I would have normally been inside the house.

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PostSat Feb 22, 2020 11:15 pm 
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Within the past few days:

Ravens carrying nesting material,

Flickers drumming on the downspouts,

and FOS Brown-creeper calls.

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PostMon Feb 24, 2020 7:57 am 
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have a house finch visiting the feeder...
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PostWed Mar 25, 2020 5:00 pm 
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Used to be a rare sight in Seattle, now a frequent backyard presence

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PostWed Mar 25, 2020 6:23 pm 
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Hadn’t seen one in awhile, but saw a Varied Thrush in the yard this morning.

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PostWed Mar 25, 2020 11:01 pm 
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Much to the overwintering Anna hummingbirds' dismay, the Rufous hummingbirds showed up on March 12, right on schedule +/- one week.  Every year.

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PostWed Mar 25, 2020 11:21 pm 
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Our Anna has had the feeder to itself so far. Unfortunatly we had to cut down its favorite plum tree for roosting during feeding breaks.

Doing yard work in the nice weather this week there where tons of song birds I cant identify.

Just recently noticed Robin's since the rain returned. I've always considered that the first true bird of spring.but I'm from the mid west. Not nearly the variety as here.
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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 7:57 am 
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Finally got a decent sighting of a Merlin.  They are generally moving at a very high rate of speed.  I was standing in the backyard just admiring the cherry plum blossoms, when all of a sudden I heard a faint whooshing sound.  Then a streak appeared off to my right, maybe thirty feet away.  The bird pivoted slightly in air and then flew straight down the corridor between the trees in front of me, leaving the bird in sight for maybe 150 feet of flight.  Which was barely long enough to get a decent look.  Stubby head, long, narrow wings, and speckled brown and white.

Once I figured out what it was, I realized that I had seen them before, but only as a whoosh and a streak.  They surprise and capture birds on the wing.  Maybe the only bird you are more likely to hear than see!

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PostSat Mar 28, 2020 12:05 pm 
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We had a rough legged hawk winter here, something we'd not seen before.  The hawk was often on the ground in our pastures, and seemed to be feeding off the ground (bugs/worms?), or perching in small trees before swooping down to the ground.   Disappeared about a month ago, I assume s/he's on their way to the Artic.  Would love to see a bird's eye view of that trip.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rough-legged_Hawk/id

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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 4:39 pm 
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Towhees are usually fairly shy.  Tis the season when they are more visible and bolder.  Saw and heard a bunch of them today at Richmond Beach.  Three in plain sight in one little tree, I don't think I'd ever seen more than 2 at once prior to that.

Also several white crowned sparrows singing their little hearts out.
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PostThu Apr 02, 2020 4:08 pm 
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neek wrote:
Used to be a rare sight in Seattle, now a frequent backyard presence


Must be true! Yesterday as I left the house to pick up some groceries, I heard an unusually raucous crow commotion.  Across the street in the neighbor's tall backyard walnut tree was a bald eagle, totally surrounded on the other branches by a large squadron of agitated crows.  I watched for a couple minutes, then ran back inside to get my camera ... too late.  I live in "east" Ballard, and have never seen a bald eagle in the city this distance from the waterfront.

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