While everyone else was enjoying Thursday's (5/4) sunshine and warmth, the weather (prior to the thunder storm) made photography at the marsh difficult for me. The problem was not the distance, but the distortion caused by heat waves and glare rising from the mud.
Red-winged blackbird and tree swallow checking each other out.
Many shorebirds were present. Once again my efforts to photograph semipalmated plovers were thwarted by the glare and heat waves.
My guess is a female or immature male yellow-headed blackbird, but your guess is welcome.
A yellow warbler at the marsh 5-9-17. I believe there was a second one present, but I barely got shots of one. These are my two best. Some poorer shots show the vertical red striping on its breast that clearly ID the bird.
A marbled murrelet was off the south end of the fishing pier. It disappeared shortly after I took some photos of it.
A duckling and a northern flicker in Pine Ridge Park.
Last year volunteers installed five nest boxes at the marsh for tree swallows. A pair of violet-green swallows has been building a nest in the box off the #2 viewing platform, but a pair of tree swallows has laid claim to the box off the #3 platform.
I returned to the park later in the afternoon with a fellow member of the Bird Fest committee that I ran into at the fishing pier. The Pacific wren is often heard but seldom seen in Pine Ridge Park, but she spotted one and its burrow. The bird would enter the burrow from the bottom and exit through the top.
Photography was made difficult by the forest canopy and concurrent lack of light, which caused high ISO settings even at 1/500 and f/5.6.
ISO = 8000
The noise from the high ISO settings discouraged closeups and close crops. These wider views look better.
ISO = 6400
Wednesday afternoon (5/17) my son and I were driving down a street near our house when we saw a pileated woodpecker in a tree beside the street. The woodpecker took off and flew down the street ahead of our pickup. We followed it to a tree on a side street and got a few shots before it took off again. This location is only about a block from Yost Park as the pileated flies, so it may be the female of the Yost Park pair.
Marsh wrens are still busy serenading and building nests at the Edmonds marsh.
The nests are easiest to spot when they are new as the grass blades are still wet and dark green, which makes them stand out from last year's dead reeds and cattails. There is a limited viewing window as new spring growth will eventually hide the nests. One enterprising individual has built three nests off the #1 viewing platform.
Wednesday (5/17) I was watching as he picked wet grass blades off the floor of the marsh and draped them over the stalks of the reeds. It was much the same way someone would dip strips of old newspaper in water to make paper mache and drape them around a wire frame to make a pinata or miniature mountains for a model railroad. Look closely to see the well-disguised wren in these photos.
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