Wildlife of Edmonds, WA. 2018

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Bill Anderson

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Saturday evening (9-1-18) at the marsh near sunset.

This summer a few great herons have been hanging out in the trees by the walkway between the #2 and #3 viewing platforms. It is the first time I have seen this behavior. I wonder if they will try to establish a rookery here next spring to replace the one that used to be at the southeast corner of the marsh.

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The juvie Cooper's hawk continues to hunt in the marsh. It uses man made structures to scout the area for prey.

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Bill Anderson

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Labor Day weekend is when I start looking for our winter avian residents to arrive. I caught groups of cormorants flying in different directions off Sunset Ave.

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A small group of bushtits was at the marsh. I was lucky to get a photo of one.

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Bill Anderson

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The weather is turning autumn-like and ducks have been flying south over Puget Sound.

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Many are landing at the marsh during the evening's high tide, such as Monday night (9-10-18).
So far I have only seen mallards, but the winter visitors will be arriving soon.

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Some of the males have been molting and are very raggedy looking.

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Others still look like real male mallards.

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Canada geese are enjoying the high water as well. This may be the local flock that resides in Edmonds year round.

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Bill Anderson

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The attractive Herrmann's gulls will start migrating south in October.

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September is the time to look for parasitic jaegers around the dive park in Edmonds. I thought I saw one Monday (9-10-18) afternoon, but it just turned out to be a gull chasing a Herrmann's gull.

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Bill Anderson

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Saturday afternoon (9-15-18) I made a quick stop at the marsh during Bird Fest and noticed a lone great blue heron bedded down

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I returned Sunday to see the heron in the same spot. I used my super telephoto setup to get some closeups.

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Another heron posed for me at the marina near sunset.

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