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PostThu Feb 11, 2021 10:11 pm 
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 12:52 pm 
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 1:05 pm 
catsp wrote:
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 7:41 pm 
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 7:46 am 
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 12:34 pm 
My yard is now infested with pine siskins. I took down my feeder bowl, even though I haven’t 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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PostFri Apr 02, 2021 6:40 pm 
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/6-people-in-washington-sickened-in-salmonella-outbreak-linked-to-songbirds/ar-BB1ffyic?ocid=msedgntp

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PostThu May 20, 2021 11:44 am 
got a new bird at the feeders this year evening grosbeak
https://nas-national-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/evening-grosbeak_001_summer_canada_michaelklotz_flickrccby-nc-2.0_adult-male.jpg


the lazuli bunting are back and a couple downy woodpeckers..funny with the snow fall we just had they show up!

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PostSat May 22, 2021 10:46 am 
Swainson’s Thrushes have been back for about a week at my house.

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PostSat May 22, 2021 1:59 pm 
got a new bird alongside the house sparrows, now I have a house finch...

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Sparrow/

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Finch/

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PostSun May 23, 2021 6:52 am 
Its been busy in our yard.

Swallows are living in our soffit, and every house in the neighborhood. A livable nuisance since they eat so many bugs. There are hundreds of them around.

I have a poly barrel that I put trap caught rodents on.  Most of the time, the local raven gets it.  If he can get in and out before the crows spot him. Last week I got some beef inards to make dog treats. I put the unusable scraps on the barrel. It only took about an hour until I got some interest. A kettle of 5 or 6 vultures started circling the yard. They never did land though.


We also have 3 types of woodpeckers hanging out. This little guy let's me get pretty close.


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PostSun May 23, 2021 10:59 am 
ale_capone wrote:
It only took about an hour until I got some interest. A kettle of 5 or 6 vultures started circling the yard. They never did land though.

We've had a mouse die in the downdraft outlet pipe of our stove/oven (ugh).  We turned the stove fan on yesterday to mitigate the smell, and soon a very large vulture was circling the pasture and landed on the barn ~100 feet from the house.  LOL.  Unfortunately, we weren't able to utilize his services.

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PostWed Jun 02, 2021 9:36 pm 
Earlier today saw a baby junco hopping around doing a little foraging, but following a parent and still getting fed.  Pretty cute.

Later I poked my head out the back door, heard something that kinda sounded like a frog croaking.  Looked around, it was a Steller's jay.  Not sure that I've heard that vocalization from them before.

Last couple trips over to Boeing Creek Park the Swainson's thrushes are singing, love it.  Also a handful of baby mallards of various sizes chugging around the lake.

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PostThu Jun 03, 2021 7:49 am 
A couple weeks ago I got a new bird, the White-winged Dove.  I saw a large, heavy, gray bird land in a small tree out of the corner of my eye.  My first thought was that my neighbor's African Gray Parrot got loose.  I soon realized it was a dove but not the usual one.  It flew to my feeder, found it empty (we have had dead pine siskins and are still not filling the feeder), and left.  Then I discovered that this bird of the SW ranges across all of North America after breeding, and has been showing up at feeders as far north as Alaska.

They have a very distinctive "mustache."

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PostWed Aug 04, 2021 11:34 pm 
Fall migration showing up clearly on radar every evening now.

https://atmos.uw.edu/current-weather/northwest-radar/

Was enjoying a nice little group of Western sandpipers on the bar at Hood's Head last week.  For a few minutes at least, all was right with the world.

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