Friday, July 24, 2009

Susan and I did a birding trip on June 30th to Marymoor Park while in Seattle. It's a fabulous place for birding!

We saw 59 birds during our morning visit to the park. Most of them were Life Birds for us (Mary and Susan).

This is a photo of a baby Barn Owl in a nesting box. The photo is by Clay Taylor. He is a representative for Swarovski Optiks and joined us on the walk.

This is Susan along with other birders who are obviously in awe of some bird. This is a typical pose for us birders!

The next 3 photos show some of the interesting plants and flowers that we saw in Marymoor. It was a wonderful park to visit. I would go again if I lived a bit closer!

This is a dark-eyed junco. She is a cute bird. We get a few here in Tallahassee in the winter.
Photo by Clay Taylor.

Susan sneaked this photo of me (Mary). You can see Clay in the background with his huge camera lens.

The next two photos are tree swallows. Mom has just arrived to feed her starving babies!
Photo by Clay Taylor.

Feed me! Someone please feed me!
Photo by Clay Taylor.

Spotted Towhee. We had one here at Alligator Point last winter...very rare for us. I didn't see it, so this was my first!
Photo by Clay Taylor.

Red-breasted Sapsucker. Life Bird!
Photo by Clay Taylor.

This is a beautiful bird...Lazuli Bunting. It apparently loves to sing. It sang the entire time that we watched it.
Photo by Clay Taylor.

The singing Lazuli!
These are but a few of the photos that Clay took (and I took a few...his are much better). He downloaded all his photos of this birding trip and allowed me to share them with you. Hope you enjoyed them. If you are ever in Seattle, go check out Marymoor Park. I think you'll like it. Happy Birding!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Mary and Susan's whale and bird watching trip around the San Juan Islands in Washington State, June 30th.

We boarded a boat at Anacortes about 1 1/2 hours north of Seattle. We spent 5 hours around the islands searching for whales and birds. We saw the Orca Whale, which I have pictures of below. We also saw the Minke whales and harbor dolphins. In addition to the birds pictured, we also saw the Pelagic Cormorant, Common Murre, Heermann's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Blue Heron, Black Oystercatcher, and Bald Eagle. I am sure I have forgotten some...I don't have my list at hand. All but the heron, eagle, and Double-crested Cormorant were Life Birds for us. It was a marvelous trip. I took many pictures, but these are not mine. These were taken by Bart Rulon, who was a naturalist on the boat and his camera lens was about as long as my arm. His pictures are way better than mine!

Orca Whale "Spy Hopping"

Orca breaching the water! They were incredibly fun to watch.

Orca whale again. These whales have distinct markings, as in the white under the tail. These whales all have names and the naturalist could tell them apart!

Another Orca Whale! There were many to see!

There were several of these rock islands covered with birds. There were mainly Double-crested and Brandt's Cormorants, with a few added gulls.

This is a Pigeon Gillemot. Another bird for the Life List!

Rhinoceros Auklets were everywhere. They are related to the puffin. But the Tufted Puffin in the picture below is the bird that we were searching for. We saw two on this trip.

Near the center of this picture is the Tufted Puffin. Right near the end of our five hour trip through the San Juan Islands, this marvelous bird flew into a group of birds floating by the boat. What a treat!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Down at the refuge

Purple Gallinule

Gull-billed Tern

Ring-billed Gull

Orchard Oriole

Assorted waders...can you spot the Wood Stork?

This male Towhee has been pecking mirrors at HQ pond car park for over 3 years now! Give it a rest dude!
All pictures taken by Carol Miller

Carol's latest

Gray Kingbird

Clapper Rail

recently fledged Osprey

Reddish Egret

Beautiful in flight

Kim Chason took these beautifully composed flight shots of a Great Blue Heron and a Snowy Egret

It's nesting season

taken by Kim Chason


Great Crested Flycatchers are nesting in Amalia's neighborhood.