2017

1336 Killdeer

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Gig Harbor, Washington
June 12, 2017

There is a family of Killdeer behind our house in a big field. This adult bird was pretending to be injured in order to draw my away from its babies. This is typical behavior for Killdeer.

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1335 Wild Rabbit

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Field Behind Our House
Gig Harbor, Washington
June 10, 2017

1334 Chipmunk

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Cushman Trail
Gig Harbor, Washington
June 10, 2017

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1332 Red-winged Blackbird

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Gig Harbor, Washington
June 7, 2017

I believe this is a young bird. It could be a female, but I’m pretty sure it is young. A few of these birds come to my backyard to raid the bird feeders.

1331 Hooded Oriole

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Backyard – Corcoran Lagoon
Santa Cruz, California
May 27, 2017

I’m pretty sure these birds have a nest in the Acacia tree behind my cottage – between my cottage and Corcoran Lagoon. I’ve occasionally seen Hooded Orioles in Santa Cruz during spring. I always seen them in Nov and Dec when I’m down in Cabo San Lucas.

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This is the female of this species.

1330 Caspian Tern

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Corcoran Lagoon
Santa Cruz, California
May 14, 2017
set of 5

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1329 Caspian Tern

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Corcoran Lagoon
Santa Cruz, California
May 14, 2017
set of 4

I had a really fun time photographing these Terns as they flew back and forth from lagoon to ocean. I got a little carried away, so I am posting 2 sets of these photographs. Did you know this is the largest of the Tern family? The clouds were in the process of burning off, so some photos show blue skies and others gray.

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1328 Bushtit

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Pleasure Point
Santa Cruz, California
May 14, 2017
set of 4

This is the same young bird as presented in the last set. The bird on the left is the parent. The bird on the right had already fledged, but stayed in one place for a while because his parents were bringing him food. If you have ever tried to photograph a Bushtit, you know it can be a real challenge. I feel very fortunate that I witnessed this exchange.

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1327 Bushtit

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Pleasure Point
Santa Cruz, California
May 14, 2017
set of 3

This cute little Bushtit had already fledged, but he wasn’t flitting all over the place like adults because he was waiting for parents to bring him a morsel. I have a second set of this little guy that shows him begging for food.

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