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    Sunday afternoon (9/17) my first of the season horned grebes were floating in the Sound below Sunset Ave.
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    Tuesday (9/19/19) I ran into my friend and fellow bird watcher Bev at the marsh. While we were at the #2 viewing platform, I spotted what I hope turns out to be a resident juvie Cooper's hawk hunting in the reeds and cattails.
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    It perched on one of the swallow boxes for several minutes before flying south across the marsh to a dead tree next to Willow Creek.
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    Bev left and I walked on the boardwalk toward the #1 viewing platform while looking out over the marsh for the long-billed dowitcher that I have photographed over the past week. As I approached the #1 platform, the hawk flew by me. I would have gotten some great photos of it perched on the platform had I followed by own bird photography advice and paid attention to what was in front of me.

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    The hawk perched on the old martin gourd stand after I set up the 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC on the tripod.
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    It took off just as I knocked the shutter speed down to 1/250 for some low ISO shots while it was relatively motionless. If blur suggests motion, this hawk was going supersonic.
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    It landed on a low-lying branch of a tree beside the #3 platform.
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    I returned to the #2 platform in time to see the hawk fly past me heading north through Harbor Square towards Dayton St. I hope it decides to spend fall and winter in the area around the marsh.
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    I don't want to come across as a shill for Kenmore Camera, but they just got in a used Canon 500L telephoto lens that they are selling for a very good price.
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    Two backyard birds from the last day of summer (Thursday 9/21).

    A female pileated woodpecker was working a branch of one of my fir trees. You can see her tongue in some of the photos. I live a block north of Pine Ridge Park, home to a breeding pair that had babies this year.

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    Steller's jays have developed a fondness for something in my mixed seed bird feeder and are stopping there quite frequently. In the past they only showed up at my back deck to beg for peanuts.

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    I missed a shot earlier in the week of a hairy woodpecker at my suet feeder. I also missed a shot last week of a Cooper's in my back yard. My wife found the dried out remains of an eastern gray squirrel in the same area. I wonder if the Cooper's is the same juvie that I photographed earlier this summer preying on a flicker on the sidewalk across the street.
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    The juvie Cooper's hawk continues to make appearances at the marsh.
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    It took off and flew right past me as I was photographing it.
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    I have been ID-ing this hawk as a Cooper's. If anyone thinks it is the Cooper's look-alike cousin the sharp-shinned, please speak up.
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    Winter migrant ducks are arriving at the marsh where American wigeons, gadwalls, and northern shovelers are joining the resident mallards.
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    Two of us noticed this mystery duck with its long, slim, blue-gray bill. Northern pintail?
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    The long-billed dowitcher continues to hang out at the marsh, but I have not gotten any better photos than the ones I posted up on 9-12.
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-22-2017 at 10:48 AM.
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    Daren and I went to the fishing pier Friday afternoon (9/22/17), which was the autumn equinox. Two birders on the pier pointed out a parasitic Jaeger that was flying north towards the underwater dive park beyond the ferry dock. Parasitic Jaegers usually only appear in the Sound off Edmonds in September and it is only the second time I have ever seen one.
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    We relocated to Sunset Ave. where we saw the Jaeger harassing Bonaparte's gulls.
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    The Jaeger followed one gull continually. I don't know why, as the gull did not have a fish in its bill.
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    The chase continues.

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    Continued....
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-22-2017 at 10:31 PM.
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