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    Thursday afternoon (10-19-17) I spotted a first year northern shrike hunting small birds at the west end of marsh.
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    The shrike is nick-named the "butcher bird" for its habit of impaling its prey on branches or brambles while it eats. In this case, dinner appeared to be a yellow-rumped warbler.
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    This warbler had better be careful or it will be the second course.
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    The shrike made several passes and hovers over the marsh, which gave me the opportunity to photograph it in flight.

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    The shrike was perched on the shrubs where Wesley usually perches. I prepped for a take-off as I assumed an approaching train would scare it.
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    It flew to the far south side of the marsh....
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    then returned to perch on a bush next to a telephone pole beside the tracks.
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    About once every 3-4 years I see a shrike at the marsh in the fall and winter. The shrike spent a lot of time hunting at the west end of the marsh near the #1 viewing platform. I would not be surprised if it stays for awhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    About once every 3-4 years I see a shrike at the marsh in the fall and winter. The shrike spent a lot of time hunting at the west end of the marsh near the #1 viewing platform. I would not be surprised if it stays for awhile.
    For the locals: I received an e-mail from someone who lives up in the condos that she has seen the shrike for over a week perched on a spar near the fish hatchery. I hope it spends the winter here, as there are plenty of little birds in the area to keep it fed.
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    Some artsy shots of a great blue heron on the beach at Brackett's Landing north Thursday (10/19). Yes, the photos were taken in color and not b&w.

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    Seasonal transients and winter visitors are starting to show up in the waters of Puget Sound off Edmonds.

    Monday afternoon (10-23-17) from Brackett's Landing North.
    I got a shot of a lone black scoter with the 1Dx + 100-400L II telephoto zoom.
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    Guess what happened by the time I got the 5DIII + 500L + 1.4x TC mounted and leveled on the tripod for a closer shot.
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    Red-necked grebe
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    Common loon in transition plumage
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    Zombie-eyed horned grebe in time for Hallowe'en
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    A western grebe was out too far for a good photo.
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    Mew gulls were flying around.
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    A little bird (warbler?) was in and out of the grass at the marsh.
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    The day had started out with the neighborhood's four resident Steller's jays (the Blues Brothers) raising a raucous in my back yard. I suspected the presence of a predator and found a juvie hawk eating a small bird in my neighbor's tree. With the high number of small birds at my seed feeders this fall, I wondered how long it would be before raptors and owls start showing up to dine at the birdie buffet.

    Shooting over the fence through leaves and branches without scaring the bird was difficult. My photos included the tail feathers and legs, which may help answer the eternal question: Cooper's or sharp-shinned hawk?

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    A red-tailed hawk was circling over downtown Edmonds as we drove down Main St.
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    Photographs from a bright, sunny Tuesday (10-24-17) at the marsh.

    Chickadees are always fun to shoot at the marsh as they are usually very active and fairly close.

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    A western meadowlark was present. Only the second time I have seen one at the marsh.

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    Doing its imitation of a starling by perching on the telephone lines by the railroad tracks.
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    Continued....
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-25-2017 at 06:33 AM.
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