Tag Archives: Northern Harrier

Alert Leader

This week’s photo, taken June 14, 2014 in Yakima County, WA, features a SWAINSON’S HAWK, a new state bird for me. On day two of the recent Washington Ornithological Society conference in Yakima, our leader is slowly driving our van … Continue reading

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Blink and You Miss It

This week’s photo, taken January 5, 2014 on Spencer Island in Everett, WA, features a female BELTED KINGFISHER.  On Sunday, we drive 20 miles north of Seattle for our first visit to Spencer Island, an open area of marshes, ponds, … Continue reading

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No Freeze at Freezeout

This week’s photo, taken October 6, 2013 at Freezeout Lake near Choteau, Montana, features an AMERICAN AVOCET in winter plumage. It’s probably a male, since females have a more strongly upturned bill. We fly to Great Falls for our annual … Continue reading

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Peek-A-Boo

This week’s photo, taken August 18, 2013 on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, WA, features a GREAT HORNED OWL keeping an eye on me. The large owl’s color and texture blend in nicely with the surrounding forest, helping to conceal … Continue reading

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Short-Eared and Far-Sighted

This week’s photo, taken January 2, 2013 in Stanwood, WA, features a SHORT-EARED OWL gliding nearby in the late afternoon light.  For the sixth time in less than two months, I drive an hour north to Stanwood, that wondrous area … Continue reading

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Drifting In and Out

This week’s photo, taken December 12, 2012 in Stanwood, WA, features a SNOWY OWL lounging on driftwood. It probably also spends much of its day drifting in and out of sleep. I return to Stanwood (an hour north of Seattle), … Continue reading

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Rapt with Raptors

This week’s photo, taken December 5, 2012 at West 90 (Samish Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area, WA), features an adult male NORTHERN HARRIER skimming the ground as it prepares to pounce on its prey. After driving 75 miles north … Continue reading

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