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  •  Yard Bird: Olympia (2+ / 0-)
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    Polly Syllabic, OceanDiver

    Wonderful diary.  I've seen exactly 1 Pelagic Cormorant in Olympia in the past 15 years.  We're 99 and 44/100 percent pure Double Crested.  DC's dive in shallow waters, PC's go to greater depths to get eats.  

    When you live on a boat you have interesting Yardbirds.  

    This afternoon I heard a woman up on the boardwalk behind my boat say.  "What a pretty duck." and a little boy say "It's not a duck."  We have a pair of Mallards hanging out begging for snacks so I stuck my head out thinking it might be them.  Guess who was right?  

    Yard Bird:  Common Loon 1 photo yard-birds-008_zps6dc5b0ae.jpg
    Yard Bird: Common Loon 2 photo yard-birds-009_zpsf4d10fdc.jpg

    The Common Loons are migrating from their salt water winter homes to the land of many lakes for nesting season.  I've seen this guy hanging around the last few days.  First time right up to the boat.

    I caught these two culprits at a local pond this morning.

    I know there's a bird in there somewhere?? photo yard-birds-018_zps2350b213.jpg

    I know there's a bird in there somewhere.  

    Here's a crop of the the tree.  

    Crop: Shushhh..I'm hiding.  Yellow Warbler photo yard-birds-019_edited-1_zps509401ac.jpg

    Shushhhh...I'm a shy Yellow Rumped Warbler and I'm just hiding behind this leaf so you really can't see me.  Warblers are hard to photograph because they fit around so quickly.  He ducked behind the leaf in the time it took to press the shutter.  The Yellow Rumps are moving though in waves also to their summer nesting grounds in the borial forests of Canada.  

    Diva: Song Sparrow photo yard-birds-020_zpsb25c9830.jpg

    And of course the Diva of the song birds.  The Song Sparrow.  This guy ain't going no where soon.  He's singing away. Declaring his territory and if he doesn't already have one, to attract a mate. He's got a great patch picked out. Go get'em little guy.

    As I always say:  Life is for the birds.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 11:15:37 PM PDT

    •  Great bird stories. Gorgeous photos. (1+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic

      How fortunate you are to see loons so close, in their fine summer plumage. I've been seeing them in my bays too, only recently shifting out of their secretive dull gray brown, but far out in the water, just barely identifiable as common loon. That's cool how the kid knew the difference in beak shape - I sure didn't at that age.

      Congrats on capturing the Butterbutt! We have so few warblers in this area, he is a special bird.

      Thanks for your contribution to the bucket :)

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