Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Wood Duck and Greater Yellowlegs (not in the same place)
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Gang of Red-Breasted Mergansers
Today I glanced out of the window and saw a splashing ruckus in the distance, so I walked down to the waterfront. Once there I could see several, eight as I later counted, juvenile red-breasted mergansers making a beeline for the area by the culvert that lets Moxlie Creek drain into East Bay. I sat on the grass and watched them splash about, catch fish, protect their catch, frustrate a heron's hunting, and generally have a good time for about twenty minutes. Included here are the best two pics.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Pictures From the Last Few Days
I haven't gotten a chance to just sit down in front of the computer the last few days so here are just a few pics from the last few days. The bald eagle was an amazing catch. I was walking one of the trails in nearby Priest Point park and as the trail turned left to a cliffside when I noticed the eagle in the tree ahead of me maybe twenty feet frm me. I was really startled at my proximity to the giant bird and managed to get but one picture of it before it expressed its startlement at me by flying away!
I couldn't resist uploading the pic of the three killdeer; they just make me smile.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Birding is a funny thing. Dana and I have only birding seriously since Christmas, which accounts for some of this, but today I was really excited when I was down by Capitol Lake to identify two spotted sandpipers (one of which is pictured here, already in winter plummage). These were a first for me, and like many peeps, they were small, cute and fun to watch. Upon reading up on them upon my return home, I noted from the field guide "The Birds of Washington State," by Brian H. Bell and Gregory Kennedy, that "apart from the ubiquitous Killdeer, the Spotted Sandpiper is perhaps North America's best-known and most easily identified shorebird." What's funny about all of this is that the thrill of seeing these charming birds for the first time was fantastic, and not in any way diminished by learning of their abundance. According to the distribution map, they winter in this part of the state which suggests these guys just showed up.
Also pictured is a great blue heron with a big fish in its throat, which I found very amusing.