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PostThu Feb 11, 2021 9:11 pm 
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Olympic Hiker wrote:
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.

I occasionally see Wilson's warblers, although it's been several years.  I like those little yellow cuties.
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PostSun Feb 14, 2021 11:52 am 
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About 4 Fox Sparrows showed up in my yard yesterday afternoon. Since then, along with a large contingent of Varied Thrushes, they have been busy scratching the ground where I have shoveled snow looking for food.

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PostSun Feb 21, 2021 12:05 pm 
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I appreciate what I assume to be a flicker getting his message out in a manner that ensures he causes no damage. #community

Most likely a Red-breasted Sapsucker attracting the ladies and marking its territory. I have watched plenty of Red-breasted Sapsucker tap on metal like the one in your video in late winter and into spring.

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PostSun Feb 21, 2021 6:41 pm 
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Sculpin,
There was one fun thing that happened in 2020.  A clutch of merlins ("pigeon hawks") fledged virtually in my backyard.  Didn't notice them before fledging, then the youngsters hung around for a few weeks, making a lot of noise.  I had seen them before -- 1980? -- but this was practically a new bird for me.  Didn't recognize them as falcons; they didn't have a long tail.  They were like big, dark purple martins.
Later, I learned that merlins nesting in Seattle is not all that unusual.
I even saw one chasing a pigeon.
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 6:46 am 
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2020 was my first year watching and learning the birds. I work at that golf course in Newcastle, so lots of different environs.

Highlights...
- watching merlin chase crows, jumping from branch to branch to root them out
- Wilson's Snipe
- lots of Sage Trasher spending the winter here
- Western Tanager
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PostWed Feb 24, 2021 11:34 am 
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My yard is now infested with pine siskins. I took down my feeder bowl, even though I havenít seen a siskin use it. They seem to prefer ground feeding as opposed to a small bowl hung just inches below my porch ceiling, which I do to try to limit use to small birds. But ground feeding my varied thrush and my dark eyed juncos was my favorite. If I so much as step outside, birds come flying in, looking for seeds on the ground. This morning I stood outside and waited for my varied thrush to prance into view, then I tossed half a dozen seeds to it, which it gobbled right up. Then a siskin hopped over, but the thrush sent it packing. Ha!

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