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zephyr
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PostThu Aug 05, 2021 9:42 am 
Kascadia wrote:
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.

This is hilarious.  What a story.  The vulture I mean.  Not having a dead mouse in the house.  ~z

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PostFri Aug 27, 2021 11:14 am 
it is late august but I am seeing migratory birds returning, feeding on over ripe chokecherries before heading farther south.. tanagers,buntings and red wings mostly..
and today the cedar waxwings have shone up feeding on chokecherries...
got a feeling this winter might be a bad one!!

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PostSun Sep 05, 2021 9:00 pm 
Autumn migration is strong on the radar tonight.

Been seeing seasonal shorebirds like Western's, Turnstones, Sanderlings when I can get out to a nice beach.

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PostThu Dec 09, 2021 12:52 pm 
Just had a pileated woodpecker in my backyard, don't recall ever seeing them here before.  Numerous times over the years at nearby Boeing Creek Park, but never here.

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PostThu Dec 09, 2021 1:54 pm 
I hear the Pileated Woodpecker more often than I see them.

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PostThu Dec 09, 2021 6:57 pm 
It was my lucky day.  After having the visitor in my yard, later I walked over to Boeing Creek Park and saw another pileated woodpecker.

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PostFri Dec 10, 2021 12:41 pm 
I saw one the other day (Pileated) having a go at a power pole.  I was wondering if it wanted to play drums in my band.

in NE Seattle, west up the hill from all the LCW car dealers.

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PostFri Dec 10, 2021 2:41 pm 
Olympic Hiker wrote:
I hear the Pileated Woodpecker more often than I see them.

We live in the Tiger/Taylor Mtn corridor (rural) and have a generational relationship with a pileated family here (it took them a few generations to learn to feed on the suet we put out in winter).  I'm pretty sure I first heard pileateds in the Tarzan movies.

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PostSat Jan 01, 2022 2:37 pm 
The bush tits (Psaltriparus minimus) have returned since I finally located a source for insect-only suet cakes.


Hard to get a clear shot of the little guys in low light w/a phone camera.

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PostThu Jan 13, 2022 6:32 am 
Nothing exotic, just the usual suspects...

Dark-eyed junco
Dark-eyed junco
Black-capped chickadee
Black-capped chickadee
White-throated sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Tufted titmouse
Tufted titmouse

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PostThu Jan 13, 2022 11:34 am 
Wow Gali, your dark eyed juncos are really different in appearance to what we have out west.  Head is black and body is brown.  Growing up I always knew them as Oregon juncos, but like a lot of things somebody changed it, now I guess that's a subspecies of dark eyed?

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PostThu Jan 13, 2022 3:18 pm 
From a distance our juncos look dark grey, with a snowy white belly. On closer inspection you can see more delicate shades in the grey part.

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PostThu Jan 13, 2022 4:32 pm 
I never noticed this thread before. I am very much a novice but have become fascinated by my backyard birds, especially, no surprise, our Anna's Hummingbirds. I take the job of keeping them going through the winter very seriously. I wish I could feed other birds but we are very diligent about not attracting rats, which are always around here in the city. I would LOVE it if our neighborhood coyote would take up residence in our alley.

I just have a little Sony RX100 iv with 200x.

Anyway, one of our sweet Anna's.


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PostMon Jan 17, 2022 2:35 pm 
Someone spotted a dozen rare white pelicans at Padilla Bay on Thursday as a result when we arrived at Bayview State Park for a quiet camp in our ongoing plan to stay at every Washington State Park in the off season was thwarted. The campground was filled to overflowing and the surrounding roads were filled with parked cars, bikes, and pedestrians carrying cameras with long lenses that cost more than my truck. We escaped without killing anyone and drove up a relatively sane Chuckenut Drive to Fairview SP which had many empty spots.


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PostMon Jan 17, 2022 3:45 pm 
Malachai Constant wrote:
We escaped without killing anyone

That's always a good metric.     up.gif  ~z

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