Four ducks

I took a number of shots of these ducks as they swam in a shallow pond. It wasn’t until they took off, however, that they looked interesting to me.

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Message to City Daily Photo bloggers: The photo challenge for February 1st is If you had to leave forever the city from which you usually post, what would you miss most?
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Sparrow

I’m fairly certain this is a song sparrow. They’re year round residents here and are common. They like marshy areas such as where I found this one. I’m always impressed that little critters like this can survive outdoors when I get chilled even wearing layers.

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Message to City Daily Photo bloggers: The photo challenge for February 1st is If you had to leave forever the city from which you usually post, what would you miss most?
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Woodpecker work

I found this tree a few years ago at Old Fort Townsend State Park. It looks to me like a popular site for woodpeckers.

I know there are some tough ways to make a living in the natural world. And metaphorically speaking, this reminds me of one or two jobs I’ve had. But for sheer dumb effort to survive, woodpeckers have to rank pretty high on the list, don’t you think?

Harrier

One of the local northern harriers taunted me again the other day. This time I got a little closer. This is what a female harrier looks like at the last moment before she gets annoyed enough to fly off.

In case you’re wondering: Yes. Our dog was on leash.

Collage Eagle

We’ve begun seeing eagles again. I watched two from my kitchen window the other day as they rode thermals and soared lazy circles in the sky. I can think of exciting entertainment worth seeing but a free show like that? Truly makes my heart go pitter pat.

This collage is from a series of shots I took of a young eagle I saw last year. It was a personal highlight from 2014.

Totem heron

I showed you a closeup of this great blue heron yesterday. He was perched in an unlikely spot, on top of a totem pole at the Cedars at Dungeness. And he seemed quite comfortable hanging out there. We saw him as we arrived for lunch and he was still perched there when we left.

Totem heron 2

It was an interesting sight. Here’s a longer view.