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    Default Wildlife of Edmonds, WA. 2017

    Dexter, my backyard Anna's hummingbird, welcomed in the new year. He continues to keep vigilance over "his" feeders on my back deck.
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    The two females managed to sneak in for some quick drinks.
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    They took off when Dexter flew in to refuel at the other feeder.
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    A palm warbler has been attracting birders to Marina Park. The species is not a regular visitor to the Puget Sound region.
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Palm_Warbler/id

    Daren and I tracked it down Monday (1-2) afternoon. A birder next to me said the constant flicking of its tail is a characteristic of the palm warbler.
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    A falcon-esque bird flew over the marina while we were taking photos of the warbler. Merlin or juvie peregrine falcon?
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    My son and I went down to the marsh Thursday afternoon (1-12-17). Wesley, the male Anna's hummer who guards the #1 viewing platform, was out hunting flying insects for protein to supplement his nectar diet. I figured I could get away with shooting at 1/2000 to freeze the hummer's wings as the bright sunshine coming it at the right angle would allow the camera's auto ISO feature to default to a manageable setting.
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    My nemesis bird, the ruby-crowned kinglet, taunted me from behind the branches of the tree located by the #2 viewing platform. It was adding insult to injury, for I just missed a shot of a Virginia rail in the cattails below the viewing platform. It was the first rail I have seen at the marsh in three or four years.
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    Another of my nemesis bird was looking for food and water along Willow Creek at the fish hatchery the afternoon of Friday the Thirteenth. Although it was in plain view for a kinglet, it teased me by refusing to display its ruby crown.

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    Friday morning (1/20) I got a few shots of backyard birds while filling my seed feeders.

    Juvie(?) female Anna's hummer hiding in a rhododendron bush.
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    A sharp-shinned hawk perched briefly in my neighbor's tree, then took off.
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    Black-capped chickadee.
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    Chestnut-backed chickadee.
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    From Tuesday morning (1-24-17). The herons have gotten used to the eagles as long as the eagles stay on the far south side of the marsh.

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    Some shots from Saturday (1-28-17) afternoon.

    A surfbird (top) and black turnstone (bottom) were foraging on the breakwater of the Edmonds marina. Photo taken from the south end of the fishing pier.
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    A horned grebe eating lunch off the fishing pier.
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    Brant's cormorant.
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    Two herons having a dispute at the marsh.
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    Some small birds at the fish hatchery Monday afternoon (1-30). Taken with my 5DIII + old 100-400L telephoto zoom. The photos are a bit soft as the auto ISO settings were quite high due to the dim light.

    Black-capped chickadee. I like the patterns of the bare branches. ISO = 6400
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    Ruby-crowned kinglet with its ruby crown barely visible. ISO = 10000
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    Chestnut-backed chickadee. ISO = 6400.
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    Tuesday morning (1/31) I photographed a small flock of wood ducks in a retention pond on the north side of 164th St. SW in Lynnwood.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@47.8502...2.264119,18.5z

    To get to the pond, park at the parking lot for the artesian well. Walk west across the bridge over Swamp Creek and cross 25th Ave. W.
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    The pond is across 164th St. from the Avalon apartment complex.
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    There is a spot where the chain link fence is low and you can shoot over it through the leafless trees. You will need at least a 400mm telephoto lens to get some good shots.
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