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PostThu Nov 23, 2017 4:15 am 
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Crud,


Bought a bunch of feeders/seed.  Nary a bird in two weeks.  I live near Lk. Stevens HS and have a greenbelt out back...no juncos or chickadees even.  Something has gnawed on the suet but I have not seen what it is.

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PostMon Jan 08, 2018 5:53 pm 
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I've seen my white junco about a half a dozen times now, but it never hangs around very long and I haven't managed to get a picture of it so far.


Today I saw 3 eagles cruise overhead at Boeing Creek Park.  I can't remember ever seeing an eagle there or in my general neighborhood before.  Definitely down by the waterfront nearby, but not inland.
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PostSat Jan 13, 2018 2:16 am 
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Hint:  I am having some success with baby carrots or stacks of pennies in my Wrist-Rocket slingshot to keep the neighbor cats and huge gray squirrels off my birds and feeder. 

Using marbles or ball bearings is forbidden because a hard richochet might damage neighbor windows or cars parked in the cul de sac.   biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif

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Like probably everyone else, I have robins coming out of my ears around the house.  I don't recall seeing a varied thrush at home before.  I had one hanging around a week or two ago.  Heard it seeing several times as well.  Might be the earliest in the year I've ever heard any kind of thrush other than a robin singing.
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PostWed Mar 07, 2018 3:27 pm 
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Red-tailed Hawks are pairing up E of the crest
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PostWed Mar 07, 2018 4:56 pm 
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I consider myself very fortunate that my commute goes through fir island near La Conner.  On a daily basis, I see hawks eagles and snow geese. With opportunity to walk the dikes looking for owls.

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PostWed Mar 07, 2018 6:39 pm 
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We've had a ton of eagles so far. One was in a tree not 20 feet off the road this morning, slowed down in preparation to stop and get a pic, but he didn't like that and flew off.

A few weeks ago I was flying my toys at the local airfield on a pretty decent day for thermals, and saw this small flock of large birds circling and climbing out. They didn't have the wing shape for a buzzard and didn't do the gentle rocking from side to side the buzzards tend to do. I grabbed my binos and to my surprise, they were all bald eagles. I didn't know they ever flew in flocks or groups, it was odd to see it.

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There's an unusual looking mallard that I've seen off and on at the little lake in Boeing Creek Park, including today.  I was thinking hybrid, but doing a little googling it might be a domestic mallard, which can appear different.  It has the characteristic iridescent green head, but instead of a brown throat/chest and gray body, it has a white throat/chest and brown body.  The wings appear different too.  It hangs out w/ all the other mallards and appears to be paired up with a female.

I keep expecting little yellow fuzz balls any time now, but haven't seen any yet.
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PostMon Mar 12, 2018 8:14 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
There's an unusual looking mallard that I've seen off and on at the little lake in Boeing Creek Park, including today.  I was thinking hybrid, but doing a little googling it might be a domestic mallard, which can appear different.  It has the characteristic iridescent green head, but instead of a brown throat/chest and gray body, it has a white throat/chest and brown body.  The wings appear different too.

Could it be a partially leucistic individual? I've seen many partially leucistic wild birds, including a few mallards, including one at Green Lake the past couple summers.
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PostMon Mar 12, 2018 10:17 am 
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Could it be a partially leucistic individual? I've seen many partially leucistic wild birds, including a few mallards, including one at Green Lake the past couple summers.

I think I have a partially leucistic crow and Oregon junco in my neighborhood, but in the case of the duck I don't think that's it.  Looks similar to the first picture in this link and what is later described as a duclair duck.

http://www.10000birds.com/manky-mallards-domestic-feral-or-just-plain-odd-mallards.htm
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A few years ago saw a couple of leucistic crows at Penrose Point State Park. I did a double take since I had never seen crows with white feathers before.

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PostMon Mar 12, 2018 5:59 pm 
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Leucism in birds is not all that rare. Today someone posted a link to a pic of a leucistic adult Bald Eagle flying near the SR 520 bridge.
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PostTue Mar 13, 2018 7:10 pm 
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A leucistic bald eagle is being seen frequently at The West 90 (aka Welts-Samish Restoration Site) near Samish Island.  I saw it today in the bare trees just north of the parking lot.  Very striking looking bird.
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PostWed Mar 14, 2018 7:54 am 
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yesterday a pair of Say's Phoebes returned to our home in Eburg
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PostWed Mar 14, 2018 5:15 pm 
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Saw my oddball mallard again today.  I'm definitely going w/ it's a duclair per my link upthread.
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