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Burrowing Owls (Othello, WA, 07/27/14)

Posted by birdmeister on July 28, 2014

Several Burrowing Owls were along Lemaster Rd between Cunningham and Lee just east of Othello. This was the highlight of my trip!




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A trip to Poland (05/22-06/02/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on June 6, 2014

I spend 9 days in Northeast Poland recently, focusing on the Bialowieza forest and the Biebrza marshes. The total number of species was relatively low with 135, yet there were many really cool ones, like White-backed Woodpecker, Great Snipe, Grasshopper and River Warbler, Citrine Wagtail and Red-breasted Flycatcher.

Penduline Tit

The trip report in all its glory is here:

While I did take a few pictures, the overall quality is pretty low this time. Don’t know why really, maybe I’m still burnt out.


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Sooty Grouse, Mt. Walker, Jefferson Co, WA (05/17/14)

Posted by birdmeister on May 19, 2014

This Sooty Grouse was on the bridge a mile or so up from 101 towards the Mt. Walker overlook. It was real foggy and drizzly higher up. This bird was real close and didn’t move, yet the light was pretty bad.



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Around Tillamook (03/09/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on March 10, 2014

There were 2 Rock Sandpipers half way out the jetty at Barview County Park. And this was low tide! Not normally when I go looking for them.



This first cycle Glaucous Gull was at the helipad at the Tillamook airport.


Also at the helipad were many Herring Gulls and a 1st cycle Thayer’s. This Herring looks like a 2nd cycle bird.


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Yet another AZ trip (01/10-12/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on January 15, 2014

On my the 3rd attempt, I finally succeeded getting my ABA Sinaloa Wren at Tubac. The bird near its presumed nest site at the powerline cut about 0.5mi south of the Tubac DeAnza trailhead (or about the same distance north of Clark Crossing). Other highlights include Black-chinned Sparrow, Elegant Trogon and 3-4 Rufous-capped Warblers at Florida Canyon. The rest of the trip (including Patagonia and the San Rafael Valley) was rather anemic, but lots of year (and therefore beer birds) were had.

2 well-seen Bobcats were the non-avian highlight in Patagonia.


That’s all I could muster. Several birds were constantly visible from the “video-camera-oak-grove” a few hundred yards above the dam. That doesn’t mean that you are going to get good shots though …


Embarrassingly enough, I couldn’t get a better shot of a pretty close bobcat along Blue Haven Rd in Patagonia.


Of course, Vermilion Flycatcher are quite a bit more cooperating …


And one of the Reid Park Western Bluebirds is as well … I missed the Pine Warbler. And here the rest of the pretty sorry bunch: A Black-chinned Sparrow to the left, and a female Elegant Trogon to the right …

BlackChinnedSparrow   ElegantTrogon

Nevertheless, it was fun …

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Rusty Blackbird (Hillsboro library, 12/15/2013)

Posted by birdmeister on December 15, 2013

I feel fortunate that this high-caliber bird is sticking around the library only 5 min from my house.

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