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    The Edmonds smoke screen sunset tour continued Saturday night (8/5/17) with a stop at Haines Wharf Park. The park has a nice streetside viewing platform complete with telescope, benches, and a map of the Olympics for use on smoke-free days. http://www.edmondswa.gov/visit-a-par...harf-park.html

    I came for the sunset, but birds and passing trains were added bonuses. Mostly gulls were perched on the roof of the old marina, but a few juvie Caspian terns were present as well.
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    The juvie terns can be seen at the bottom of these photos, taken with the 7D + 500L + 1.4x TC, tripod mounted.
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    Adult terns have a distinctive growl that sounds like an angry cat. Juvie terns have a distinctive cry of their own. Adults can recognize the cries of their own offspring and juvies can recognize the growls of their parents. Pandemonium would break out when adult terns flew in, as the juvies thought it was feeding time.
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    Needless to say, I need to return in better lighting conditions before the juvies mature and the terns migrate south for the winter.

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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 08-06-2017 at 10:22 AM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Shore birds continue to make stop overs at the marsh during the fall migration. Someone said a greater yellowlegs was seen Saturday, but all I saw Sunday afternoon (8/6) was a small flock of western sandpipers.

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    Four rock doves (aka feral pigeons) were on the building across the railroad tracks from the #1 viewing platform. I initially thought they were band-tailed pigeons due to their movement and stance, but a check of my Sibley Guide to Birds showed that two of them were the checkered variation of the rock dove. I have now seen locally all four adult variations listed in Sibley's: checkered, dark, pied, and the reportedly scarce all-brown.

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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 08-07-2017 at 08:22 AM.
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    My observations over the past several years lead me to believe there is a resident pair of Cooper's hawks at City Park that have babies every year. I think these are the juvies I have seen throughout the years at the park, marsh, fish hatchery, Pt. Edwards, and heading north along the railroad tracks.

    I recently heard cries of juvies at City Park and talked to someone who believed she saw a raptor there. Tuesday (8/8) I heard two, possibly three juvies crying to each other at the south end of the park in the grove of tall firs.

    Juvie #1.
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    Only shot I got of juvie #2.
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    Thursday afternoon (8/10/17) a juvie male hairy woodpecker must have thought I was Rocky, as it flew past me and started working a tree about twelve feet away. The site was Pine Ridge Park and very close to the hairy woodpecker burrow we had photographed in May. I would not be surprised if the juvie was from that burrow.

    Anticipating the usual low light of the park, I swapped lenses, putting the 100-400L II telephoto zoom on the 5DIII for bird shots and the 17-35L wide angle zoom on the 7DII for shots of the ponds. All photos are uncropped.

    The juvie dug some grubs out of the bark.
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    Both ponds at Pine Ridge Park show the effects of nearly two months without rain. No easy shots of wood ducks this summer. I'll have to check Chase Lake.
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    August is the month to look for merlins hunting dragonflies at the marsh. I thought I had found one Monday evening (8-14) when I saw a bird much larger than a swallow swooping low over the marsh. It turned out to be a purple martin, which resembles a swallow on steroids.

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    After photographing Sunday's (8/20/17) battle of the tall ships off Sunset Ave., my son and I went to Pine Ridge Park where we found the resident barred owl.

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    I hope the owl's habituation to park visitors does not become its undoing. Not even this couple's two dogs fazed the owl.

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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 08-20-2017 at 07:57 PM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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