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    Siberian accentor

    Haven't posted in a while, but thought you folks might find this one interesting... This is a VERY rare bird in Washington... only the third recorded sighting in the state. These birds are native to Asia; they breed all across Siberia, and winter in eastern China and Korea. Once in a great...
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    Got this little pika just after sunset up in the Cascade mountains of Washington yesterday... cute little thing! Related to rabbits, apparently. First time I've been able to get a photo of one, and it came out in the open and posed so nicely...
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    Something you don't see often... a wood pewee feeding her chicks!

    The wood pewee nest I've been watching now has babies, and I was able to get some shots of mom feeding the little ones... shots you don't see every day! Will be watching this nest, as I did with the Bullock's orioles, until the chicks fledge in 10-12 days. Meanwhile, here are a couple of the...
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    Mealtime at the oriole household

    Sure... Canon 7D mkII, Tamron 150-600 lens, 1/320 @ f/6.3, ISO 1600, 600mm...
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    Mealtime at the oriole household

    Thanks, guys! I assumed insects would be the chicks' main diet as well, but apparently the adults feed them a mix of berries, bugs, larvae, caterpillars, and whatever else they can harvest... Really fun to watch this, too... The chick are only about 4 days old, so I've got another 8-10 days to...
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    Mealtime at the oriole household

    A couple of shots of a mama and papa Bullock's oriole feeding their chicks at a nest here in Chehalis...
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    Pacific loon, breeding plumage

    Went out to Westport on the Washington coast this afternoon in search of Pacific loons after a friend reported seeing two of them there. Found one just a few minutes after I got there, and had him for about 10 minutes before he disappeared, not to be seen again... The high overcast lighting...
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    White-tailed kite

    There's been a white-tailed kite hanging around near here for the past week or so... these birds are pretty uncommon in Washington, usually only seen once or twice a year, and it's been several years since there were any reported, so it was fun to get some shots of this one! It's a second-year...
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    Kinglet having lunch (6)

    Spent a nice sunny afternoon along a trail near home today, and came away with this sequence of a male ruby-crowned kinglet having lunch. These little guys almost never sit still, but they do have to slow down to eat... This one landed on a twig about 20 feet away from me in perfect light, and...
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    A golden (crowned kinglet) sort of day

    Thank you! Thanks, Dean! I really lucked out with the setting... Thanks, Brent. The gold-crowns prefer coniferous habitat, so if you live where it's mostly deciduous, you may not see them. Thanks, Brian!
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    A golden (crowned kinglet) sort of day

    Went to a nearby wildlife refuge this afternoon to check on a great horned owl's nest... mom was still sitting, and refused to show herself. Got some creepers and wrens and butterbutts, then stopped at Hawks Prairie on the way home. Jackpot! Found a most cooperative male gold-crowned kinglet...
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    Gold crowned kinglet

    This has been my "nemesis bird" for several years, as I have tried without success to get a decent photo of one. Yesterday, I found a flock of them bouncing around in the branches of some small evergreens near a pond, and this one landed on a branch about 10 feet in front of me and actually sat...
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    My first saw-whet owl

    Got my first saw-whet owl on Sunday... had never even seen one before, so this was a real treat. Tiny little fellas, for sure!
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    Snowy night

    Really nice! We've only had a couple of sightings here in WA, sure wish we'd get these beauties down here more often!
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    My best Snowy shot of 2018!

    Really nice work! We've had two snowy sightings in WA this winter... had hopes it might be an "irruption" year, but it seems all the owls are in Michigan and Minnesota... :( I did manage to get some decent shots of one perched on somebody's roof, but that was it. Nothing like your great shots...