Fecal Sac

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This week’s photo, taken July 28, 2017 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a fledgling SONG SPARROW (on the left) begging to be fed by its parent.

Speaking of birds raising their young, I recently viewed a remarkable video. I rarely use this space to recommend other people’s bird-related stuff – basically because this blog is all about me and my birds :). However, this video is so outstanding, I must share.

I know. Your time limit for viewing online videos is about one minute max, and the video I speak of is 22 minutes long, so there’s no way you are going to watch it, right? Well, if a miracle occurs and you find the time, you won’t regret it. Pay particular attention at the 11:12 mark because you will witness something most of us have probably never seen before (I certainly hadn’t). Can you say “fecal sac?”

Birds are truly amazing.

Here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/205715193

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Wilson

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This week’s photo, taken July 28, 2017 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a WILSON’S WARBLER.

Four flashes of yellow flitted fast through the foliage last Friday. At least one of the four birds was an adult WILSON’S WARBLER, and 2-3 were probably fledglings. The one in the photo may be a young male, but I’m not sure. What I am sure about is it’s a Wilson’s Warbler, and it’s darn cute.

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Baby Orca

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This week’s photo, taken July 23, 2017 off San Juan Island, WA, features a young ORCA swimming close to its momma.

Last Sunday, we embarked on a half-day whale-watching trip out of Edmonds, WA. We stepped on board the Chilkat Express, the fastest boat in Puget Sound, and sped north to the San Juan Islands, considered the best area in the inland seas of Washington state for spotting ORCAS (aka KILLER WHALES).

Once we arrived on the west side of San Juan Island, we had no difficulty finding Orcas – we simply looked for the gathering of boats. During the next 45 minutes, we forgot about everything else going on in the world, for we were transfixed by 8-10 Orcas, all members of the resident L-pod, as they chased after salmon and interacted with each other. You might already know that an orca is actually not a whale, but the largest member of the dolphin family. No one on our boat seemed concerned about that detail.

I hope you will find it in your heart to forgive me for taking a leave this week from my usual focus on birds. For nearly an hour last Sunday, I didn’t think about birds even once.

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Parked at the Curb

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This week’s photo, taken June 8, 2017 from the front yard of our house in northeast Seattle, WA, features a fledgling BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE waiting to be fed by a parent.

Looking out our dining room window, I didn’t notice the tiny bird on the other side of the street until an adult Black-capped Chickadee swooped in to feed it. When it wasn’t opening its mouth wide for a food delivery, the young chickadee stood still at the edge of the curb. The drop-off to the street below must have seemed like a towering cliff to the little critter.

If you detect a frown on its face, maybe you would also be feeling a bit grumpy if you were hungry, helpless and parked at the curb.

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Red Eye

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This week’s photo, taken July 3, 2017 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a SPOTTED TOWHEE and one of its most colorful characteristics – its red eye.

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Western Beauty

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This week’s photo, taken May 8, 2017 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features one of the most attractive warblers in the western half of North America, the TOWNSEND’S WARBLER.

In case some of you in the eastern half of the continent are suddenly stricken with warbler-envy because you are just now realizing that you’ve never seen a Townsend’s Warbler in your neck of the woods, calm yourself down and remember this: you have about 30 varieties of warblers that we never or rarely find out west. So, in the warbler department, you eastern bird-watchers are doing just fine.

Nevertheless, the Townsend’s is a good-lookin’ bird, isn’t it?

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Titanic Talons

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This week’s photo, taken June 23, 2017 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features an OSPREY (left) and a BALD EAGLE (right).

What would you do if a large bird of prey, an OSPREY, for example, was dive bombing you from above? Well, if you were a BALD EAGLE in flight, you would likely roll onto your back, in mid-air, and extend your titanic talons skyward. That’s exactly what this eagle did several times as the osprey repeatedly swooped from above.

From my vantage point on the ground, it was quite an exciting air show, and it was probably even more exciting for the aerial combatants.

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