The Eyes Have It

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This week’s photo, taken July 29, 2015 from the Edmonds Pier in Edmonds, WA, features an immature FRANKLIN’S GULL, a rare find in Washington.

It’s very cool when you spot an unusual bird, but it’s even more thrilling when that bird decides to fly directly towards you. When I first spotted the FRANKLIN’S GULL yesterday from the Edmonds Pier, it was flying above the waters of the Puget Sound, yet a significant distance away. Initially, I didn’t know what it was, but it caught my attention because it appeared to be much smaller than the ‘regular’ gulls in the area. When it cruised by the pier, its large white eye arcs, a characteristic that separates this species from other gulls, were quite visible.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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2 Responses to The Eyes Have It

  1. Chris says:

    Very cool bird.

  2. cjacker says:

    Dear Joe,

    When I began taking bird walks with you at Rancho some years ago, I lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’ve just moved to Berkeley to be near grandchildren, aged just above and just below two years of age. One thing I want to do regularly with them over the years is to go on walks, see birds, then come back and look those birds up in books. Are you able to recommend any books suitable for young children, starting with toddler age? I’m particularly interested in water birds like herons, egrets, cormorants, coots, and so forth. I mere blocks from the Berkeley Aquatic Park which has ponds where such birds can be seen; I got to know these particularly well living in Miami for many years and canoeing happily through the Everglades. But, of course, we’ll also explore other venues where other kinds of birds will be spotted.

    Best wishes, Caroline

    Caroline Jean Acker, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History Carnegie Mellon University

    929 Dwight Way Berkeley CA 94710 412 512 0871 acker@andrew.cmu.edu

    From: Short & Tweet Bird Reports <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Short & Tweet Bird Reports <comment+_wkqzqmzty08fijip1ttncc@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 4:44 PM To: User <acker@andrew.cmu.edu> Subject: [New post] The Eyes Have It

    Joe Sweeney posted: ” This week’s photo, taken July 29, 2015 from the Edmonds Pier in Edmonds, WA, features an immature FRANKLIN’S GULL, a rare find in Washington. It’s very cool when you spot an unusual bird, but it’s even more thrilling when that bird decides to fly “

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