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common cattail Typha latifolia

Observer

drwlyons

Date

May 11, 2012

Description

Many cattails lining the water's edge by Lake Washington. They were about the same height as me, with the distinctive sort of tuft that was a couple inches long on the top of a tall stalk.

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Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

Observer

drwlyons

Date

May 11, 2012

Description

Seen by the bay near the boathouse, I initially mistook this bird for a heron, until I saw it in the binoculars. The long neck threw me off, but it had short legs, as well as was all black with a beak that was hooked at the end. It was just standing on a small island out in the middle of the bay, but unlike typically is the case for cormorants, it did not have its wings spread to dry.

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

drwlyons

Date

May 11, 2012

Description

Two canada geese spotted with a baby swimming near the shore of Lake Washington.

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

Observer

drwlyons

Date

May 11, 2012

Description

A bird with a puffed out, red breast sitting on top of what appears to be a sort of human made bird nest outline. It had a yellow beak, with a small white patch directly underneath.

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paper birch Betula papyrifera

Observer

drwlyons

Date

May 11, 2012

Description

Seen right next to Lake Washington, this tree exhibited the characteristic lateral-peeling grayish-white bark of paper birches, with the bark being extremely fine and dry, making for excellent tinder.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

drwlyons

Date

May 11, 2012

Description

Landed right next to us on a very small island on Lake Washington. Initially heard the characteristic heron squawk, and with its long neck and long reddish-brown legs, being a sort of grey-blue color. Quickly flew off after I took the picture.

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