1050 Canada Goose

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

Not a very great photo of a Canada Goose. Maybe I should have deep sixed this one. Oh well.

1049 Red-breasted Sapsucker

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

In this set of 2 photos I first show you a quick photo I took of the Red-breasted Sapsucker. He didn’t stay around long. I was walking on the boardwalk out to two barns, or returning (what’s the diff), and found this bird close to the area where I have photographed one before. The previous encounter went better as the bird was much more cooperative. The second photo is a scenery shot of the boardwalk. It is a very extensive boardwalk – going in a loop for over a mile out to Two Barns and back.

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1048 Northern Pintail

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

We occasionally see Northern Pintails at Nisqually as well as in Sequim. In my opinion, this is one of the most handsome ducks out there. I only got one photo on this outing.

1047 Mallard

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

This is my last set of Mallards for the day. This time I feature the female as she displays a little bit of action. The second photo, in particular, has a very different crop than usual. I try to keep my photographs cropped in a uniform way – both vertical and horizontally, but the second photo didn’t give me much real estate and I had to format in more of a square cropping.

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1046 Mallard

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

As promised, here is set two of three. This time the female.

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1045 Mallard

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

This is the first of three sets of Mallards. We’re starting off with the male. Mallards frequent the shallow water alongside the walkway to Two Barns.

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1044 Song Sparrow

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

I never pass up the opportunity to photograph a Song Sparrow. For those of you new to the blog or who have forgotten, I raised a Song Sparrow from a featherless little clump that fell out of its nest when I was in high school. It was a great experience and Chirpy was a great companion. He would fly around outside for exercise and then come back to his cage for the evening and the safety of the house. He loved to sit on my shoulder and chirp.

1043 Bald Eagle

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Sequim, Washington
January 3, 2012

East of Dungeness Spit State Park you can drive along the cliff where you will find at least one eagle nest. Sequim area is an eagle magnet. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, if you drive around you are going to see eagles – lots of eagles. There are a lot of trees right on the edge of the cliff right next to the road, so you can usually get up close and personal with America’s favorite bird.

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This is a view from near where I photographed the eagle, looking out to Dungeness Spit and the lighthouse. On the other side of the lighthouse and across the strait is Canada. Dungeness Spit is 5.5 miles long and I have yet to walk out to the lighthouse. Walking on the rocky spit is slow. I understand the spit is the longest in the United States. The water on this side of the lighthouse is called – guess what? – Dungeness Bay.

1042 Trumpeter Swan

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Sequim, Washington
January 3, 2012

Every winter we find the Trumpeter Swans in a different location in the Sequim farmlands. Sometimes they are close to the road, and sometimes not.

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Sequim is a small town at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. It lies between the foothills and the water – the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Canada, or Vancouver Island, lies across the strait. Sequim has a lot of retirement couples, because being in the rain shadow of the mountains, it rains less that most places in Western Washington. It is often a bit breezy because the wind shoots down from the mountains blowing the rain clouds northward.

Even though Sequim has many of the big box stores, Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, etc, etc, it has maintained its rural personality. Most of the town is along one busy street. Birding here is awesome. Besides Geese and Swans, Elk often come down from the mountains to graze in the fields during winter.

1041 Great Blue Heron

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Three Crabs – Sequim, Washington
January 3, 2012

One of my favorite spots to find birds in the Sequim area is Three Crabs. The restaurant is closed now, but I think the area will always be identified as Three Crabs. The road ends at the old restaurant building and the water. Just before you get to the restaurant there is a small body of water and a marshy area. This is where I found the Great Blue Heron. Out in the water there are old pilings where you almost always find a Bald Eagle or two. The last photo is of the coastline looking right.

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