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PostSun Apr 30, 2023 11:35 am 
The Black Headed Grosbeaks have shown up for the summer - such beautiful birds with their orange/black/white markings and oh the improv! Amazing vocalists.

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PostSun Apr 30, 2023 9:56 pm 
Anne Elk wrote:
I first saw two of these in my yard about 15 years ago. I had no idea what it was. The bird book I had at the time ID'd it as a scrub jay
I've spotted them three times in the last two years, here in Kirkland. :-)

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PostMon May 01, 2023 8:15 am 
Couple of days ago I was looking for birds at a spot I sometimes visit a couple of miles from my house to see what I could see for birds. Eight California Scrub-jays were spotted moving from tree to tree.

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PostMon May 01, 2023 7:39 pm 
Does anyone here track migration on BirdCast? We had an extraordinary 4.5 million birds fly across Multnomah and Washington Counties, Oregon (northern end of the Willamette Valley) in one night, last Friday/Saturday. That must have been the peak, because as of last night, migrating birds are down to 141,000.

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PostMon May 01, 2023 7:55 pm 
I periodically look at BirdCast. Speaking of it, I looked at it about an hour ago and Texas has the most birds migrating at the moment.

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PostTue May 09, 2023 7:25 pm 
They've probably been around, but I've never identified them previously. Last 2 days I've had Bewick's wrens hopping around the back yard. First time I've been aware of seeing them. Cute little things.

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PostTue May 09, 2023 8:44 pm 
I sometimes get them mixed up with Pacific Wrens, but always keep a lookout for the prominent white eyebrow on the Bewick's.

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PostThu Jun 01, 2023 12:51 pm 
We saw a pair of Great Gray Owls off I-84 by LaGrand OR my understanding is they are seldom seen this far south. Very large dark Owls.

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PostThu Jun 01, 2023 10:02 pm 
Haven't been out much this year. Finally heard my first Swainson's thrushes, at Boeing Creek Park yesterday. There were several. I actually saw one of them, that's a rarity for me. Also watched a group of crows splish splashing in the creek. In the many dozens of times I've been there, never seen the crows bathing before. This was where the lake used to be, now restored to creek bed.

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PostThu Jun 01, 2023 11:23 pm 
^^^ I love the Swainson's, but I've only ever heard them at higher elevations in June. I also have difficulty telling their call from that of the Hermit Thrush. Great comparison article here: Learn the sounds of three brown thrushes

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PostFri Jun 02, 2023 12:16 am 
Thanks Anne! I actually heard the wink sound as well as the full song from the thrush. I hadn't noticed the wink before. I thought it was a bit like dripping water. We definitely get some Swainson's in the Puget Sound lowlands in the spring. I'm not aware of hermits being down this low. When I'm hiking I often get confused about which one is which, but if I hear both for comparison it helps me figure it out. I'm always happy when I hear the trifecta of thrushes--Swainson's, hermit and varied. Maybe I've even experienced a quad before with a robin. Those seem to show up at just about any elevation.

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