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    Nice sequences, Bill!

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    Three sandpipers were at the marsh Sunday (10/8) shortly before sunset. Photographing them with the horizontal rays of the low sun was tricky, but still better than fighting the heat waves and glare of mid day.

    One sandpiper looked like a mini-me version of the other two. All three had yellow legs, so I believe the smaller one was a least and the larger two were pectorals. I tried to get some side-by-side shots for size comparisons.
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    These are the closest shots I could get using the 7DII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC mounted on a tripod at the #1 viewing platform. A sharp-tailed sandpiper, the look-alike Asian cousin of the pectoral and a rare visitor to our area, was recently been spotted in the Puget Sound region.
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    I wish I could chalk up another rare bird sighting this year, but believe the two I photographed are pectorals.

    Online pectoral sandpiper images:
    https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/...ullyhosted_003

    Online sharp-tailed sandpiper imaes:
    https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/...003&hspart=iry
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-09-2017 at 11:02 AM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    So far I have received one vote for the sharp-tailed sandpiper, a rare visitor from Asia according to Sibley's.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    So far I have received one vote for the sharp-tailed sandpiper, a rare visitor from Asia according to Sibley's.
    In light of the possibility of these being rare birds for our area, I am posting some more photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    So far I have received one vote for the sharp-tailed sandpiper, a rare visitor from Asia according to Sibley's.
    Several more votes are in for sharp-tailed sandpipers.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    No sandpipers today, but I did get some grab shots of a merlin being chased by gulls around the jetty and beach at Brackett's Landing north of the ferry dock.

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    Breaking news: I can add a new backyard bird to my list. This morning (10/12/17) my wife discovered a barred owl sleeping on a tree branch in our back yard. It may be one that I have photographed in Pine Ridge Park, which borders the end of our court. My last two owl hunts in Pine Ridge Park came up empty, so maybe the owl came to me for a change. I can add the barred owl to the short list list of birds of prey that have visited my back yard. The other two are a Cooper's hawk and a bald eagle.

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    The crows are going nuts, but the owl just keeps sleeping away.
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    Ironically, the owl is perched on one of the two dying western hemlocks that will be removed next month. I am having 12-15 foot stumps kept in place to serve as habitat for woodpeckers and other birds.
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    Wow! You lucky!

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    Back to our regularly scheduled bird photos. Tuesday (10/10/17), which happens to be Taiwan's national day, proved very productive.

    First off was a pair of varied thrushes, my first of the season, in Pine Ridge Park.
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    There were several reports on Tweeters of snow geese flying over Seattle. This flock was flying south over the marsh.
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    Great blue heron at the south side of the marsh.
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    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    The juvie Cooper's hawk made several passes over the marsh.

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    Continued....
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-12-2017 at 11:19 AM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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