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The Hammond Elegant Terns (9/13/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on September 14, 2014

The Elegant Terns at the Hammond Boat Basin continue to impress. Today over 100 birds were on the pilings on the river just outside the harbor.




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An AZ trip with no pictures (8/29-9/1/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on September 14, 2014

Yet another superb AZ trip netting:

  • 3 Zone-tailed Hawks¬†(2 at Proctor Rd, 1 over Speedway Blvd in Tucson)
  • Northern Waterthrush (north end of Silverbell Lake in Tucson)
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove (Red Rock feedlot)
  • Juvie Elegant Trogon at Proctor Rd
  • Plain-capped Starthroat (Madera Canyon), Lucifer Hummingbird (Ash Canyon B&B), Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Paton’s, Ramsey Canyon)
  • Singing Cassin’s, Botteri’s, Rufous-winged, Grasshopper, Rufous-crowned, Black-throated Sparrows
  • Lark Buntings at several places
  • Late-ish Thick-billed Kingbird (Patagonia Roadside Area), Buff-breasted FC (Hunter Canyon), Sulphur-bellied FC (8 in Hunter Canyon)
  • 2 Stilt Sandpipers, 1 juvie Short-billed Dowitcher, TKs, Scaled Quail in Willcox
  • Bronzed Cowbirds (Paton’s and Red Rock feedlot)
  • Virginia’s Warbler in with lots of Nashville’s at Hunter Canyon

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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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