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    Wow, Bill, Amazing you could find it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry O View Post
    Wow, Bill, Amazing you could find it!
    Terry
    Bev found it first with her binos.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    The street under the nest of the Pt. Edwards eagles is becoming a game trail. I have failed to get photos of a Douglas' squirrel or Townsend's chipmunk I have seen run across the street several times. Likewise, I was not quick enough to get a photo of Friday's young coyote.

    I did get a photo of Saturday's (6/17) deer herd.
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    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Wednesday evening (6/21) I photographed at the marsh what I believe is a juvie Virginia rail. It was in the same location off the #1 viewing platform where I usually photograph snipes. Going back through my old photos, I think it is the first rail I have seen at the marsh in five years. I know they are out there, I have just never been able to spot them.

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    I am a little conflicted with my ID, as the bill does not appear to be as long and thin as the bills of adult Virginia rails that I have seen in photos. On the other hand, it appears to be too long and too thin to be the bill of a sora. I can't think of any other birds it could be, so I'll stick with a juvie Virginia until I hear otherwise.
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    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Hard to say, Bill, but as rarely seen as soras are, I'm kinda leaning toward the rail as well. Good catch!
    ~ Rocky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    I have wondered what animal makes the paths through vegetation at the marsh. I found out Thursday evening (6/1) when I saw a small rabbit below the #1 viewing platform. I could not find references to any wild rabbit species native to our area, so I assume it is a descendant of a pet that escaped or was released.
    A gentleman from Tucson, AZ saw the rabbit photos and sent me an e-mail with the following: I had no idea that Eastern Cottontails were not native to Washington at all (or most of the western states except Arizona, for that matter), and shouldn't even be there, but guess what...ya got 'em, anyway! LOL. They were introduced as game animals in various areas of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia in the late 1920's/early 1930's.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Friday afternoon (6/23) I saw a juvie Virginia rail once again at the marsh. It was foraging in the small, circular mud flat off the boardwalk about halfway between the #1 (far west) and #2 (main) viewing platforms.

    This juvie may be one of the babies that were photographed by a friend earlier this year at the same location when they were just walking, fuzzy 8 balls.
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    Although the bird was fairly close and I was using the 7DII + 100-400L II telephoto zoom + 1.4x TC, close crops are poor due to the heat waves radiating off the mud. I would classify the photos as ID shots.
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    There is a log tethered at the underwater dive park at Brackett's Landing where birds often perch. Friday afternoon the birds had to briefly share the log with a seal. The water was fairly rough and the seal did not stay for long.
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    Some shots from Tuesday (6-27-17) of the four green heron chicks at Sprague Pond in Lynnwood using the 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC.
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    An adult would periodically make a quick pass with food.
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    Adult
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    Last year volunteers installed nest boxes at the Edmonds marsh to attract tree swallows. The box off the #3 viewing platform appears to have at least two baby tree swallows in it. Taken Tuesday (6/27/17) with the 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 1.4TC. The front of the box was shadowed. To see the birds I shot with positive exposure compensation, which over exposed the background.

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    Two babies at the entrance.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 06-28-2017 at 09:58 AM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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