Profusion

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This week’s photo, taken November 15, 2016 from our bedroom window, features an AMERICAN ROBIN feasting on Profusion Beautyberry in our backyard in Northeast Seattle, WA.

Since American Robins are profusely present in the Seattle area, it’s only fitting that they feed on Profusion Beautyberry.

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A Natural Beauty

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This week’s photo, taken November 8, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a male HARLEQUIN DUCK.

I’m thankful for the beauty in the world.

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Wanderless

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This week’s photo, taken October 30, 2016 at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa in Tecate, Mexico, features a WRENTIT, a shy bird that spends more time hiding in brush than venturing out in the open. For that reason, capturing this image was a nice surprise for me during our recent visit to the Ranch.

The WRENTIT is quite content where it’s at. In its lifetime, it may travel no more than a quarter mile in any direction, making it one of the most sedentary birds in North America.

Up here in the Pacific Northwest, any bird-watcher would love to some day be the first person ever to spot a Wrentit in Washington State. Although Wrentits have reached the northern limits of Oregon, for the “bird with no wanderlust” to fly across the Columbia River into Washington just might be more adventure than a Wrentit needs in its life.

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Mexico and Cuba

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This week’s photo, taken October 30, 2016 at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa in Tecate, Mexico, features an ACORN WOODPECKER. The dark band on the forehead identifies it as a female.

Laura and I just returned from a glorious week at Rancho La Puerta, the fitness resort in Mexico where I worked as a fitness instructor from 1980 to 2012, and as a bird guide from 2003 to 2012. Laura and I met at the “Ranch” in 2011, when she was a guest presenter. Last week at the Ranch, she performed a piano concert of Cuban music, complete with photos and videos from her visit to Cuba earlier this year.

To learn more about Laura’s programs, go to: http://www.lauramusic.biz

To learn more about the fitness resort, go to: http://www.rancholapuerta.com

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Stand Still and They Will Come

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This week’s photo, taken September 3, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features an AMERICAN PIPIT.

While I was birding on the beach one day in early September, 4 small birds fell out of the sky and landed about 100 feet away. As I lifted my camera to grab a fast photo, they all decided to depart as quickly as they had arrived. I didn’t get a single shot, I had no idea what species of bird it was, and I had no clue where they went. Oh, well, nothing left for me to do but resume my scanning of the Puget Sound, in hopes of finding the next rare sea bird.

A few minutes later, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that the mystery birds were back. They had landed again and were now foraging along the beach. They were quite a distance away, but through my spotting scope I identified them as AMERICAN PIPITS, a long-legged, tail-bobbing, hyperactive bird that – at least in my experience – doesn’t allow people to get close to them. However, as they searched for food, they seemed to be walking towards me, so I stood still and tried to appear less like a human and more like a vertical piece of driftwood. And I waited. Within a few minutes they were 20 feet away, and I captured some nice close up images.

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Mustached Male

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This week’s photo, taken October 12, 2016 in Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a male NORTHERN FLICKER in lovely morning light. The male Red-shafted (Western) Northern Flicker sports a red mustache, making it easy for us to determine its sex.

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Why the Sad Face?

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This week’s photo, taken September 30, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (above) and a gull (below). All together, they form a sad face. Do you see it? If not, try squinting as you look at the image.

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