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PostThu May 14, 2020 11:27 am 
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The black headed grosbeaks returned to our feeders last week.  Beautiful birds and their songs are outrageous - masters of improv.

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PostMon May 18, 2020 4:12 pm 
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Kascadia wrote:
The black headed grosbeaks returned to our feeders last week.  Beautiful birds and their songs are outrageous - masters of improv.

up.gif  My parents have them in SW Washington, a bit east of Portland.  I don't recall ever seeing them in Pugetopolis.  Cool birds.
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Stood and watched a flicker excavating a hole near the top of a power line pole.  Every 5 or so seconds the head would reappear and toss out a mouthful of sawdust type stuff.  Whole body was in the hole already.  I'm assuming nesting site.  A couple blocks from my house, I'll have to take a gander up there every time I walk by.
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Saw one momma mallard with 10 little puffballs today at Boeing Creek Park.  Surprised I haven't been seeing more babies.  They should be out by now.
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PostTue May 19, 2020 7:04 am 
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Breakfast served!

Just saw the raven come and pick up its daily free meal. A huge dead mouse I left it.

We have a rodent problem around our poultry pens. I use a variety of traps, but obviously no poison. I wont get into the specifics, but I feel bad taking any life, so I try to be humane. A week ago I forgot the carcasses on top of a barrel. The next day, they where gone. I kept doing it, and they kept disappearing. It's on top of a 55gallon drum, so I knew it wasn't a rodent getting them.

Thought it was the crows, but I was wrong. Kinda neat. A bird feeder for ravens.
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PostTue May 19, 2020 7:06 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Saw one momma mallard with 10 little puffballs today at Boeing Creek Park.  Surprised I haven't been seeing more babies.  They should be out by now.

That's one of favorite scenes in the bird world. Most birds hide their young  in the nest while they are cute. Ducks parade theirs around.
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western tanagers have arrived. bright red head and brilliant yellow body
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PostThu May 21, 2020 1:53 pm 
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got some kind of yellowish/brown medium size bird...either a longspur or meadolark juvenile maybe..they dont sit long enough to get a good look..
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PostFri Jun 05, 2020 5:40 pm 
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I picked a few salmonberries and tossed them to the mallard floofballs.  They went after them like a pack of ravenous wolves.  Lack of fear of humans and boldness seems to be inherent and not learned, they came very close to me.  Momma wasn't worried, she got in on the action too.
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PostSat Jun 06, 2020 12:33 pm 
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Didnít see it in my yard, but a few days ago drove to the Shelton area to see a Lazuli Bunting.

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PostSat Jun 13, 2020 9:22 pm 
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Saw a bullocks oriole in the front yard yesterday
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We went down to the boat launch at Sand Point Magnuson Park and observed a bunch of ducklings with their mama.  The little ones were half leaping out of the water to get bugs circling in the air above them. We were entranced! cool.gif

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PostMon Jun 15, 2020 1:28 pm 
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lookout bob wrote:
We went down to the boat launch at Sand Point Magnuson Park and observed a bunch of ducklings with their mama.  The little ones were half leaping out of the water to get bugs circling in the air above them. We were entranced! cool.gif

Mallard chicks amaze me.  Very independent almost from the get go.  They are tiny eating machines.  Did you know they can completely submerge?  Adult mallards often grab stuff under the surface but their butts float.  The babies dive all the time.
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Last night....to my left a seemingly iridescent green hummer sitting for a moment while we sat on my friends patio. The coolest thing ever, I tell you. smile.gif
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