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PostFri May 13, 2022 8:36 am 
zephyr wrote:
Apparently this is a House Finch confronting (bravely I might add) a young Red-Shouldered Hawk. Supposedly by being so close to the hawk, the larger predator won't attack.
First of all, I doubt that the finch is close enough for a lunge, I think that is a telephoto illusion. But even if it were, the finch is much quicker. Plus hawks don't grab prey with their beaks, and even if the finch were a few inches away, the hawk could not grab it quickly enough with its talons. Red-shouldered hawks will take perching birds off of feeders in the winter. This house finch is no doubt sounding the alarm and hanging close to the hawk so the other finches know exactly where the hawk is located. To sum it up, I don't think the finch would be safe within reach of those talons, and I don't think that is what is depicted.

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PostSat May 14, 2022 8:02 pm 
Turkeys at my house.
Turkeymens at my house.
Turkeymens at my house.

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PostThu May 19, 2022 5:09 am 
Red...
Cardinal (male)
Cardinal (male)
...and yellow
Goldfinch (female, juvenile)
Goldfinch (female, juvenile)

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PostFri May 27, 2022 10:39 am 
From yesterday:
Grey Catbird
Grey Catbird

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PostSun May 29, 2022 2:12 pm 
lazuli bunting
western tanager

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PostThu Jun 02, 2022 3:56 pm 
A lot of construction work in the area raising a building out of the flood plain so most of the bushes/trees are gone, so now my migratory birds have no place to sit. A few of the usual returnees and this new guy.
American pipit

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PostMon Jun 13, 2022 6:39 am 
caught a returnee piging out on sunflower seeds in my feeder. evening grossbeak

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PostSun Jul 17, 2022 11:59 pm 
I've always struggled w/ identification of hairy vs. downy woodpecker, although I suspect I usually see the downy. Today I'm fairly sure I saw a hairy at Boeing Creek Park. It seemed significantly larger. Watched it hop from tree to tree for several minutes. It was staying low to the ground, it was tapping on some root wads right about ground level as well as on tree trunks.

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PostThu Aug 25, 2022 1:57 pm 
farmers almanac gives glacial condition for this winter. I have several different species of birds feeding in the trough in the backyard. evening grosbeaks have returned, immature robins and red wings and adults, and house sparrows molting.

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PostSun Jan 08, 2023 11:54 pm 
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 and said the limit of its northern range was the Columbia River, so I figured it was another instance of species moving northward with climate change. But the Wikipedia entry for Aphelocoma says that there are several species of this jay, and that the California scrub jay ranges as far as British Columbia. Their call is as raucous as the Stellar's Jay, and although I've seen photos from California online of them taking nuts directly from a homeowner's hand, it would take a lot to overcome their natural skittishness; moreso than other birds visiting my yard.

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PostTue Jan 10, 2023 9:26 pm 
My parents (who live near the Columbia River) have at least as many scrub jays as Stellers. I've yet to see a scrub jay in Pugetopolis myself, although I see plenty of pictures of such on a birder group on Face Book.

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PostTue Jan 10, 2023 9:45 pm 
The next time I visit the bird supply store in Mt Lake Terrace I'll have to ask what they know about their prevalence here. I've seen scrub jays on my street more than stellars.

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PostWed Jan 11, 2023 7:59 am 
Saw a scrub jay in a friend's backyard feeder in Enumclaw a few years back.

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PostWed Jan 11, 2023 5:29 pm 
Funny, was sitting in the living room when I heard a noise from the dining room, sounded like a big rodent or something, looked around and under things, opened the door and looked, nothing. I was like, this is weird but I still don't believe in ghosts. Sat back down and there it goes again. Went outside to look and it was a Pileated Wood Pecker, lol.

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PostWed Jan 11, 2023 10:20 pm 
If anyone likes I can show you where to see scrub jays in Dupont. Iíd say greater than 80% chance of seeing them within 200í of one spot.

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