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PostMon Aug 31, 2020 2:15 pm 
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Disgusting birds exchanging puke.

Those nasty mother flickers!
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PostMon Aug 31, 2020 6:38 pm 
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Those nasty mother flickers!

Thank you for the video. Almost half of newly hatched northern flickers die in the first week after leaving the nest. The adults will introduce the young to ant gathering locales in the post-fledging period but regurgitation remains an important means of sustenance. The clip shows a female feeding the young but males help out also.
https://harvest.usask.ca/handle/10388/ETD-2014-02-1465
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heading south, I have dozens of alberta cedar waxwings piling on the fat..they are eating all the choke cherries on my bushes...
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PostThu Oct 29, 2020 5:14 am 
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Lots of interesting birds at the local pond this week.  ID help/corrections appreciated!

?? (update: Horned grebe)
?? (update: Horned grebe)
Hooded merganser
Hooded merganser
Green heron
Green heron
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PostThu Oct 29, 2020 6:33 am 
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Neek,

I believe your top mystery bird is a pied-billed grebe, but perhaps someone else can chime in. I love pied-billed grebes - they have the cutest lil faces, kinda looks like they're smiling smile.gif
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PostThu Oct 29, 2020 6:41 am 
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Horned Grebe in winter plumage. Notice the color of the eyes and the white tip at the end of the bill.
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PostThu Oct 29, 2020 6:47 am 
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Thanks to both!  The grebe hint pointed me to horned grebe as well.
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Several people on facespace have posted pics of a Snowy Owl that's taken up residence in West Seattle the last few days.  I wonder if it's a sign there could be an irruption this year?  Last time there was a Snowy in W. Seattle was winter 11/12 and there was an irruption that year.  I have a better camera now than I did back then.

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PostFri Oct 30, 2020 3:25 am 
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^ apparently a topic of conversation in my kid's 4th grade class. Would be great to see pics
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PostMon Jan 04, 2021 10:13 am 
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Over the last few days I have had a flock of 50+ Pine Siskins and a flock of 50+ Dark-eyed Juncos at different times of the day working the lawn for food. Been fun to watch.

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PostThu Feb 11, 2021 4:58 pm 
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I have been seeing a lot of Varied Thrushes in my yard and out in the neighborhood in the last month or so. Usually in flocks of 3 to 10.

This afternoon, while out on my just before dark walk around the neighborhood, I saw a Townsend Warbler.

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I get to see a varied thrush every morning. It lives under a rhodie-like bush we call “ the weed”. I scatter some sunflower heart chips for it, it hops out and comes to within about five feet of me, and doesn’t flee when I toss the seeds. Usually there is a spotted towhee as well as numerous juncos that come racing in.


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PostThu Feb 11, 2021 5:33 pm 
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Olympic Hiker wrote:
This afternoon, while out on my just before dark walk around the neighborhood, I saw a Townsend Warbler.

Lucky!  I see a ton of pictures of them on a birding group on facebook, but have never seen one myself.  Such pretty little birds.
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PostThu Feb 11, 2021 6:21 pm 
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Just an FYI.  Although I'm waiting until after the cold snap............

https://seattleaudubon.org/2021/01/20/seattle-audubon-supports-wdfw-guidance-to-limit-the-spread-of-salmonellosis/

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PostThu Feb 11, 2021 7:04 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Olympic Hiker wrote:
This afternoon, while out on my just before dark walk around the neighborhood, I saw a Townsend Warbler.

Lucky!  I see a ton of pictures of them on a birding group on facebook, but have never seen one myself.  Such pretty little birds.

I have seen them before, usually high up in Douglas Firs or Western Hemlocks, but the one I saw today was down at ground level looking for food. I bet it was down low because the snow was starting to get thick on the trees in my yard. Oh, and I thought it was a Junco at first, since I had just seen a bunch of Juncos before I saw the warbler, but I then realized there was yellow on its head.

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