Two eagles flew overhead as I walked earlier on the day that I spied this fellow. Eagles fly fast. This one stayed in place. He gets the fame and glory.
Note for those interested in night skies: Tonight is a supermoon. This full moon is 14% closer and will appear 30% brighter than a typical full moon. It’s the closest the moon has been in 68 years and will be the biggest and brightest we’ll see until 2034.
There are plenty of chicks in this quail family. I counted 17 or 18 of them protected by three adults. That’s a pretty good survival rate so far. They are prey for all manner of predators with wings and paws.
I like trying to catch photos of birds I see. Then comes trying to identify the bird. It feels like a minor triumph when I think I’ve succeeded. But sometimes the fun part is just learning its name. “Western wood-pewee.” Or “pewee” to you.
Ok. If you want to get proper and formal it’s “Contopus sordidulus.” Where’s the fun in that?
Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) have to be one of the prettier birds in this area. They have a soft, tawny brown color with black masks around their eyes.
Right now these birds are a favorite because during this part of summer they feed on insects. A large group of them perch in this tree and constantly hunt mosquitoes in a marshy area of Dungeness Recreation Area. These shots were taken on two different evenings as we watched them hunt.
They’ve had plenty of mosquitoes to eat this year. Go, waxwings!