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  1. Bald Eagle

    Bald Eagle

    Bald Eagle perched high in a pine tree. It was being mobbed by crows, which is what got my attention to begin with.
  2. European Starling Male

    European Starling Male

    European Starling male singing to his mate off-camera. In this photo he is perched on a fence in my back yard (Bellevue, WA, USA).
  3. david.margrave

    flickers

    I've got flickers in a box in my backyard again this year. Unlike last year, the starlings have been giving them some competition. On one occasion the male flicker battled it out with a starling outside the box. Finally the starlings relented and the flickers have moved in. I set up a second...
  4. david.margrave

    leaving the nest

    Two flickers left the nest today, both females. At least one male and female remain, possibly more. Here's how it happened. After the last feeding visit by the parents around noon, the fledglings were jockeying for position at the entrance hole as have always been doing recently. One of the...
  5. david.margrave

    Flicker nestbox

    Overall the starlings have not been a problem with my nest, thankfully. Once the chicks reached a certain size the parents spent less time guarding the nest. The box is made out of cedar, using plans I found on-line. I filled it up with pine shavings and woodchips. Initially (early april or...
  6. david.margrave

    leaving the nest

    What is normal bird behavior when it comes time for the chicks to leave the nest? Do the parents hang out outside in the general area, sort of making a racket, trying to encourage the youngsters to go for it? This evening when I got home my northern flickers were doing just that, which is kind...
  7. david.margrave

    Seattle, WA, USA: quail of some type?

    I think you're right. They're not unknown to this area http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird_details.aspx?id=127 What are the odds of a 'rare' bird showing up in my back yard? This is great! Thanks for identifying it.
  8. david.margrave

    Seattle, WA, USA: quail of some type?

    here is one more picture. blurry, but it shows the tail feathers, legs and feet which may help with ID
  9. david.margrave

    Seattle, WA, USA: quail of some type?

    I saw this juvenile-looking bird running around on the ground in my yard. It didn't take to the air one time, but it sure runs fast when it wants to. I have never seen a bird of this type in my area (wooded suburb of Bellevue, near Seattle, WA). I'm not sure what it is.
  10. david.margrave

    Flicker nestbox

    I have a nothern flicker family in my back yard. These flickers take no abuse from the starlings. Once the flickers had settled into the nest I stopped leaving food out except for starling-proof containers. This was to avoid giving starlings any reason to visit my yard. During the early...
  11. david.margrave

    unknown birds from Phoenix AZ trip

    pics were taken 11/10/07.
  12. david.margrave

    unknown birds from Phoenix AZ trip

    Thanks! That's a pretty good haul for one visit to the botanical garden. I also got some pictures of desert quail but didn't post them since they're known.
  13. david.margrave

    unknown birds from Phoenix AZ trip

    These were taken at the botanical garden near scottsdale.
  14. Pileated Woodpecker at Suet Log

    Pileated Woodpecker at Suet Log

    Pileated Woodpecker at suet log. The PVC baffles in the holes are a largely successful attempt to prevent European Starlings from consuming the suet intended for woodpeckers. This very same woodpecker is also responsible for stripping the bark from the suet logs (I watched him do it).
  15. Pileated Woodpecker at feeder

    Pileated Woodpecker at feeder

    Pileated Woodpecker at feeder from 20-30 feet away.
  16. Pileated Woodpecker

    Pileated Woodpecker

    Pileated woodpecker on a tree from about 20-30 feet. He saw me and was tolerant of my presence while I took pictures. I recognize this particular bird from the patch of white on his right wing as a frequent feeder visitor.
  17. david.margrave

    male northern flicker mustache color (Redmond, WA, USA)

    here are a couple more pictures, one showing the black and red-striped juvenile, and then a picture of just the red. the fact that there are two with different coloring makes me think they are hybrids rather than a black stripe being normal juvenile coloring. Are there any experts here in this...
  18. Northern Flicker Close-up

    Northern Flicker Close-up

    Close-up picture of northern flicker. It was feeding by the roadside with vehicle and bicycle traffic just a few feet away, and didn't mind me getting close for this picture
  19. david.margrave

    male northern flicker mustache color (Redmond, WA, USA)

    I thought that only the yellow-shafted male flicker had a black mustache, well here is an exception: a black mustache juvenile with a red-mustache father. this picture was taken from a distance and I got moderator approval for similar nest pictures. I saw with binoculars another juvenile in...
  20. Northern Flicker Foraging

    Northern Flicker Foraging

    Northern Flicker foraging for ants.
  21. david.margrave

    northern flicker nest site from 150 feet away

    links to videos. unfortunately the only thing you can hear is noise from passing cars. maybe the flickers like it that way, it might keep the nest site competitors and pests away. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9010075750815083916...
  22. david.margrave

    northern flicker nest site from 150 feet away

    i cleared it with a moderator (no flickers were harmed in the making of this photo). in fact the nest tree is right on a busy road, and i was on the other side, on a busy bike path. so there's no way my presence disturbed them.
  23. david.margrave

    hawk or osprey? Redmond, WA, USA

    well here is where it is if any of you seattle birders with great cameras want to go get some great pictures. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=3.681736,6.064453&ie=UTF8&ll=47.661234,-122.126167&spn=0.000759,0.001481&t=h&z=19&om=1
  24. david.margrave

    hawk or osprey? Redmond, WA, USA

    yeah, it's in the top of the tree in the center of the frame. you can see it move its head just slightly towards the end of the video. I knew I wouldn't get a good video with my camera's limitations, it was mainly the call i was after. thanks, dave
  25. david.margrave

    hawk or osprey? Redmond, WA, USA

    I just got a PM that it's a red-tailed hawk. Here's an in-flight silhouette, and a link to a google video of it perched in a tree, you can hear the call at the end. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7742758752990839328
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