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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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PostMon May 18, 2020 4:14 pm 
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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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PostMon May 18, 2020 10:41 pm 
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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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