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  •  Sorry for late post--away for the weekend (5+ / 0-)

    Waterfront--north Kitsap peninsula, WA

    Seasonal change in the seaducks, as most of the overwintering ones have moved on and we're seeing transients now.  Have to be looking out the window at the right time to see them.  Still no goldfinches or pine siskins, which is very unusual.  Osprey should be here any day now, though.

    1.    Dark-eyed junco (Oregon variant)
    2.    Anna's hummingbird
    3.    Black-capped chickadee
    4.    Chestnut-backed chickadee
    5.    Song sparrow
    6.    Golden-crowned sparrow
    7.    Bald eagle
    8.    Northern flicker (red-shafted)
    9.    American crow
    10.    Double-crested cormorant
    11.    Blue heron
    12.    Steller's jay
    13.    Canada goose
    14.    Varied thrush
    15.    Spotted towhee
    16.    American robin
    17.    European starling
    18.    Red-breasted nuthatch
    19.    Bufflehead
    20.    Common loon
    21.    House finch
    22.    Banded kingfisher
    23.    Downy woodpecker
    24.    Glaucous-winged gull
    25.    Mew gull
    26.    Sharp-shinned hawk
    27.    Barrow's goldeneye
    28.    Mallard
    29.    Red-tailed hawk
    30.    Surf scoter
    31.    American wigeon
    32.    Common goldeneye
    33.    Eurasian wigeon
    34.    Rufous hummingbird
    35.    House wren
    36.    Red-winged blackbird
    37.    White-crowned sparrow
    38.    Bushtit
    39.    Hooded merganser
    40.    Western tanager
    41.    White-winged scoter
    42.    Red-breasted merganser

    •  Need to add that (5+ / 0-)

      I'd never seen a bushtit before.  I was watching my suet feeder when 7 or 8 birds the size of humming birds just latched onto it.  6 on one side and not bumping into each other.  I couldn't believe how tiny they were.

      The western tanager was a female.  Took me a while to ID as we'd had a male pass through last year but never saw the female.  Glad I have multiple bird books plus the internet or I never would have figured it out.

      •  Bushtits are way too cute - (3+ / 0-)

        fuzzy golfballs with tails and attitude. I've counted 20 at our suet feeder in the winter. Have you seen a nest yet? A beautifully woven tube of lichen and spiderweb and moss and fluff, often hidden in the lowest branches of a doug fir.

        "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

        by bwren on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 04:17:06 PM PDT

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        •  No nest yet. (3+ / 0-)
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          I'd never seen them here before, and they departed as quickly as the came, so we're probably not in prime nesting habitat.  Funny how you mention the fuzzy golfballs, as that's what I was looking for.  The ones on the feeder were quite sleek and not puffed up, so it took me a while to figure out what I was looking at.

    •  Western Tanager, already? (3+ / 0-)

      Cool. None to the east of you yet, but we'll take this as a sign to watch out. Your 42 is on the tally sheet. No problem having a life, really...

      "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

      by bwren on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 04:10:33 PM PDT

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      •  No life. Just a home office window looking out (3+ / 0-)
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        at feeders and waterfront.

        The tanager was perched on tree branch on the waterfront bank for all of about 5 minutes.  I frantically ran to get the camera on a tripod but it was gone when I came back.  The head and body looked almost orange in the light but there aren't any truly orange birds that matched what I saw.  Looking at the "Birds of the Puget Sound Region," the female WT was a dead ringer with the brown tip of the tail and brownish tint to the head.  According to the book, it's "common" from May to September, so I'm not entirely shocked to see an early arrival.

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