Whidbey & Environs 2021
Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Great-horned Owl
Great-horned Owl
Merlin
Merlin
Semi-palmated Plover
Semi-palmated Plover
Pelagic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Swainson's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Willow Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Wilson's Phalaropes
Wilson's Phalaropes
Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren
Barn Swallows
Barn Swallows
Virginia Rail
Virginia Rail
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
California Scrub Jay
California Scrub Jay
Common Crane
Common Crane
Rhinoceros Auklet
Rhinoceros Auklet
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Varied Thrush (M)
Varied Thrush (M)
Varied Thrush (F)
Varied Thrush (F)
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Malheur NWR
May 2021
Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Bank Swallow
Bank Swallow
Black Tern
Black Tern
Malheur Lake
Malheur Lake
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt
Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Donner und Blitzen River canyon
Donner und Blitzen River canyon
Canyon Wrens
Canyon Wrens
Black Tern mates
Black Tern mates
American Avocet
American Avocet
Willets
Willets
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
American Avocet
American Avocet
West of Burns
West of Burns
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Lazuli Buntings
Lazuli Buntings
Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Ferruginous Hawk nest
Ferruginous Hawk nest
End of the cattle drive
End of the cattle drive
Oahu
March 2021
Wandering Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Oahu Amakihi
Oahu Amakihi
White Tern
White Tern
White Tern brooding
White Tern brooding
White Tern Chick
White Tern Chick
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-fronted Canary
Java Sparrow
Java Sparrow
Saffron Finches
Saffron Finches
Chestnut Munia
Chestnut Munia
Common Waxbill
Common Waxbill
Waxbill flock
Waxbill flock
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Sooty Tern
Sooty Tern
Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Mandy Talpas, hawaiibirdingbabe.com
Mandy Talpas, hawaiibirdingbabe.com
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Green Peafowl
Green Peafowl
Scaly-breasted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Albatross chick
Albatross chick
Wandering Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Albatrosses on Kahuku golf course
Mornings at the Owl Spa
November 2020
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Micro irruption of a single Snowy Owl in Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle 
Barred Owl hunting, drinking, bathing and preening in our back yard
Winter Park, CO & Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge
November 2020
Black-billed Magpie
Black-billed Magpie
Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Pygmy Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Pine Marten
Pine Marten
Rocky Mountain NWR
Rocky Mountain NWR
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Slate-colored Junco
Slate-colored Junco
Mule Deer
Mule Deer
Winter Afternoon
Winter Afternoon
Zion National Park
September 2020
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
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Norther Harrier
Norther Harrier
Pacific Wren
Pacific Wren
Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike
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*
Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Virginia Rail
Virginia Rail
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 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
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's 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
Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
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. 
Japanese White eye
Japanese White eye
Mynas
Mynas
Brown Booby
Brown Booby
Rainbow Eucalyptus grove
Rainbow Eucalyptus grove
White-rumped Shama
White-rumped Shama
Green Pheasant
Green Pheasant
Great Frigatebird
Great Frigatebird
White-tailed Tropicbirds
White-tailed Tropicbirds
Red-crested Cardinal after bathing
Red-crested Cardinal after bathing
Laysan Albatross Colony
Laysan Albatross Colony
Red-footed Boobies
Red-footed Boobies
Nenes
Nenes
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Neutered sign, formerly "the wettest spot on earth"
Neutered sign, formerly "the wettest spot on earth"
Apapane
Apapane
Kauai Amakihi
Kauai Amakihi
Ellie-watching
Ellie-watching
Alley cat vs. Junglefowl
Alley cat vs. Junglefowl
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
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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