Zion National Park and Grafton Ghost Town
September 2020

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Entrance to Zion
Entrance to Zion
Woodhouse's Scrub Jay
Woodhouse's Scrub Jay
Summer Tanager, male
Summer Tanager, male
Hoodoos, Zion Canyon
Hoodoos, Zion Canyon
California Condor
California Condor
California Condor
California Condor
Townsend's Solitaire
Townsend's Solitaire
View of Zion from Grafton
View of Zion from Grafton
Sage Thrasher
Sage Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Common Black Hawk
Common Black Hawk
Virgin River at Grafton
Virgin River at Grafton
Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Vermillion Flycatcher-female
Vermillion Flycatcher-female
Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin
Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Tablet, Kolob Canyon
Tablet, Kolob Canyon
Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Ellie
Ellie
Tortoise
Tortoise
Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Veterans' Cemetary, Mesquite Nevada
Veterans' Cemetary, Mesquite Nevada
Condor's encore
Condor's encore
Whidbey Island
Autumn 2020
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Long-toed Stint and Least Sandpiper
Long-toed Stint and Least Sandpiper
Long-toed Stint
Long-toed Stint
Long-toed Stint
Long-toed Stint
Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Methow Valley—Pipestone Canyon
July 4 weekend 2020
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Pipestone Canyon, (north end)
Pipestone Canyon, (north end)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bewick's Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bullock's Oriole, male
Bullock's Oriole, male
Bullock's Orioles, (female/juvenile)
Bullock's Orioles, (female/juvenile)
Western Wood-Pewee
Western Wood-Pewee
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Lewis's Woodpecker
Lewis's Woodpecker
Cassom's Finch ( female)
Cassom's Finch ( female)
Cassin's Finch (male)
Cassin's Finch (male)
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Western Tanager
Western Tanager
House Wren
House Wren
American Coot
American Coot
Ruddy Duck (male)
Ruddy Duck (male)
Ruddy Duck (female)
Ruddy Duck (female)
Pied-Billed Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe
Pipestone Canyon ( south end)
Pipestone Canyon ( south end)
Self-cooking Turkey
Self-cooking Turkey
Whidbey Island and Fir Island
Winter/Spring 2020
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Red Crossbill (male)
Red Crossbill (male)
Red Crossbill (female)
Red Crossbill (female)
Warbling Vireo (Seattle)
Warbling Vireo (Seattle)
Bushtit
Bushtit
Townsend's Solitaire in our front yard.
Townsend's Solitaire in our front yard.
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
American Kestrel
American Kestrel
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Whimbrel
Whimbrel
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Mountain Bluebird (male)
Mountain Bluebird (male)
Mountain Bluebird (female)
Mountain Bluebird (female)
Western Bluebird (male)
Western Bluebird (male)
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Waterthrush--Fir Island
Northern Waterthrush--Fir Island
Tundra Swan--Fir Island
Tundra Swan--Fir Island
Shorebirds with Jay
In the summer of 2019, my friend Jay Adams led a series of trips to observe the variety of shorebirds visiting Whidbey Island and other nearby hotspots. He and his partner Ruth Richards would comb through the hundreds or thousands of sandpipers in order to spot rare visitors that had strayed from their species' regular migration routes. With their guidance I was able to see many beautiful shorebirds for the first time. This went beyond names and field marks, as I've come to appreciate shorebirds for their unmatched elegance and supernatural flying abilities.
Ruff
Ruff
Jay and Ruth
Jay and Ruth
Ruff
Ruff
Dunlin in breeding plumage
Dunlin in breeding plumage
Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Western and Pectoral Sandpipers, Long-billed dowitchers
Western and Pectoral Sandpipers, Long-billed dowitchers
Least Sandpipers
Least Sandpipers
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Killdeer
Shortbilled Dowitchers and Western Sandpipers
Shortbilled Dowitchers and Western Sandpipers
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Red-necked Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Snipe
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
Dowitchers taking off
Dowitchers taking off
Dowitchers in flight
Dowitchers in flight
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Black Turnstones
Black Turnstones
Surfbird
Surfbird
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Dunlins filling the sky in the Skagit Valley
Dunlins filling the sky in the Skagit Valley
Protection Island—Smith & Minor—National Wildlife Refuges
July 19, 2019
San Juans in view as we exit Deception Pass
San Juans in view as we exit Deception Pass
Rhinoceros Auklets--Strait of Juan de Fuca
Rhinoceros Auklets--Strait of Juan de Fuca
Approaching Protection Island from the north
Approaching Protection Island from the north
North-most point of Protection Island
North-most point of Protection Island
As expected, Pigeon Guillemots are plentiful
As expected, Pigeon Guillemots are plentiful
First look at a Tufted Puffin
First look at a Tufted Puffin
Harlequin Ducks and seals off  Kanem Point
Harlequin Ducks and seals off Kanem Point
A better look at a Puffin
A better look at a Puffin
Lots of Eagles, generational conflict
Lots of Eagles, generational conflict
Seals in-all sizes and colors
Seals in-all sizes and colors
If looks could kill....
If looks could kill....
Elephant seal
Elephant seal
Bringing home the bacon
Bringing home the bacon
Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin
PGs sharing a bite
PGs sharing a bite
Gulls upset that only Puffins are featured on the Protection Island sign.
Gulls upset that only Puffins are featured on the Protection Island sign.
We saw 60-75 eagles on this trip
We saw 60-75 eagles on this trip
Rounding Violet Point, heading north
Rounding Violet Point, heading north
Good looks at Auklets here
Good looks at Auklets here
Another Rhino
Another Rhino
Common Murre
Common Murre
Where's this Cormorant going?
Where's this Cormorant going?
Smith Island
Smith Island
Bait ball
Bait ball
Smith Island from the southwest
Smith Island from the southwest
Juvenile Eagle on the beach
Juvenile Eagle on the beach
Black & White: Cormorants & Gulls
Black & White: Cormorants & Gulls
A quiet place for Cormorants
A quiet place for Cormorants
One last Rhino
One last Rhino
Deception Pass, Whidbey Island
Deception Pass, Whidbey Island
The Sentinal
The Sentinal
South Florida February 2019
Roseate Spoonbill siphoning up a meal
Roseate Spoonbill siphoning up a meal
White Ibis
White Ibis
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Anhinga
Anhinga
Green Heron
Green Heron
Great Horned Owls
Great Horned Owls
The Marshes--Ten Thousand Islands
The Marshes--Ten Thousand Islands
Little Blue Heron in Mangroves
Little Blue Heron in Mangroves
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Limpkin
Limpkin
Snail Kite
Snail Kite
Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck
Wood Stork
Wood Stork
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Spoonbill in flight
Spoonbill in flight
Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret
Gray-headed Swamphen
Gray-headed Swamphen
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Literate Osprey
Literate Osprey
Great Blue Heron and chicks
Great Blue Heron and chicks
Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting
Ancient mural in Lake Worth PO
Ancient mural in Lake Worth PO
Kauai'i November 2018. 
Captions, left to right:
Row 1: Japanese White Eye; pair of Mynas; Brown Booby soaring; Rainbow Eucalyptus grove
Row 2: White-rumped Shama; Green Pheasant; Great Frigatebird; White-tailed Tropicbirds navigating Waimea Canyon
Row 3: Red-crested Cardinal after bathing; Laysan Albatross nest site; Red-footed Booby; a pair of Nenes
Row 4: Common Moorhen (Hawaiian subspecies); Neutered sign--the wettest spot on Earth; Apapane, Kauai Akakiki
Row 5: Ellie-watching; Alley cat vs. Junglefowl
Whidbey Island, Ecuador, and New Jersey. Posted October 2018
JJS
JJS
Captions, left to right:
Row 1: Northern Pintail; Falconer presenting his Great Horned Owl, Solomena; Pileated Woodpecker on a regular visit to my yard;
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