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PostMon Aug 31, 2020 3:15 pm 
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Disgusting birds exchanging puke.

Those nasty mother flickers!
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PostMon Aug 31, 2020 7:38 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 6:14 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 7:33 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 7:41 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 7:47 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 4:25 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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