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Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

Observer

tsoleau

Date

December 4, 2012

Description

Again, please excuse the blurry photo. This is second time I've seen one of these in the same area, but both times it was dusk so photos were difficult. This time, there were two of them together (noticed the second one after it was too dark for photos). I love the contrast of their dark bodies and almost florescent red bills.

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Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Observer

tsoleau

Date

November 24, 2012

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

tsoleau

Date

November 24, 2012

Description

We saw many of these (along with Great Egrets) perched up on these trees as the sun went down. I always find it so strange to see such large birds high up on flimsy-looking trees!

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Great Egret Ardea alba

Observer

tsoleau

Date

November 24, 2012

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Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

Observer

tsoleau

Date

November 24, 2012

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Observer

tsoleau

Date

November 24, 2012

Description

We didn't see as many of these as I did on my last trip there (same time of year 2 years ago). Last time as the sun was setting there were "flocks" of them flying by.

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Observer

tsoleau

Date

November 24, 2012

Description

These Snowy Egrets seemed like they were about to fight, but they just walked past one another after this display. Dinner time I guess.

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Green Heron Butorides virescens

Observer

tsoleau

Date

November 24, 2012

Description

This was my first time seeing a Green Heron. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but it's just about in the middle standing on the dock to the right of the Snowy Egret.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 20, 2012

Description

I know the photo isn't good, but we sat with them overhead for 30 minutes or more and I was able to see them with binoculars too. This was my first time seeing bald eagles and it was really amazing. I knew they were large birds, but seeing them up close really made an impression on me.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 21, 2012

Description

On a satellite tower in the sound. Adult male. Here's a photo one of the crew members took: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0wvNAuNIfOI/UITQJgerVpI/AAAAAAAAGCw/vXhrdpaAuSU/s1600/IMG_7378%2B%25282%2529.jpg

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Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 21, 2012

Description

I didn't get a photo of this one. I just saw it when it surfaced briefly and then it was gone.

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Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 21, 2012

Description

We were on a 7 hour whale watching tour from Anacortes, WA. Once we got to Canadian waters we saw three humpback whales (2 adults and 1 juvenile) and we stayed with them for over an hour. They weren't taking deep dives (maybe because of the juvenile) so they had a lot of surface time. We saw many tail flukes especially from the calf and there was some trumpeting as well which was pretty great to experience. At one point there seemed to be some aggression between the 2 adults and 1 adult broke away from the other two. The scientists on the boat were able to ID one of the whales from the markings on the tail as well (BCY0326).

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Common Murre Uria aalge

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 21, 2012

Description

We saw a ton of these on our 7 hour whale watching tour in Puget Sound. I know it's not a good photo, but I'm sure of the ID.

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Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 21, 2012

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Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 7, 2012

Description

New to IDs of dragonflies.

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 7, 2012

Description

Is the one on the right a juvenile male mallard? Or maybe a different color variation? Body is like male mallard without green head.

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 7, 2012

Description

This large black duck looked like a mallard in some ways - same bill, green shimmer on head and purple shimmer below wings, but it was very darkly colored (almost black) and much larger than the other mallards around. I found something online that said sometimes Black Ducks will breed with Mallards and the resulting bird looks like this. What do you think?

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Western Scrub Jay Aphelocoma californica

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 7, 2012

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American Wigeon Anas americana

Observer

tsoleau

Date

October 7, 2012

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Striped Shore Crab Pachygrapsus crassipes

Observer

tsoleau

Date

September 2, 2012

Description

There were some crabs in these pools that had a similar shape to striped shore crabs, but they were smaller and more olive green. What do you think?

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Red Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus

Observer

tsoleau

Date

September 2, 2012

Description

No photo of this one. Just wanted to mark that they were there.

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Purple Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

Observer

tsoleau

Date

September 2, 2012

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California Seahare Aplysia californica

Observer

tsoleau

Date

September 2, 2012

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turban snails Family Turbinidae

Observer

tsoleau

Date

September 2, 2012

Description

There were many snails at this location, but suddenly I saw 7 of these all near one another. I'd never seen this type before (at least not these bright orange and green iridescent color). Are they Wavy Top Turban (Astraea undosa)? Color doesn't seem right, but I don't have any other guesses. I don't normally even try to ID snails because they are difficult, but I thought I'd try with these ones. They were about 2 inches across. Thanks!

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Christmas Tree Worm Spirobranchus giganteus

Observer

tsoleau

Date

September 2, 2012

Description

I'd never seen these before. Saw 2 or 3 near one another. Cool! Update: After looking more at the distribution it doesn't seem likely that this is S. giganteus. Any other ideas?

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Common Peafowl Pavo cristatus

Observer

tsoleau

Date

July 1, 2012

Description

I'd never seen a peacock except in a zoo. Beautiful colors! We saw two peahens with chicks and one peacock. One of the chicks was completely white and the owners of the nearby restaurant said they had some white adults (which I gather are the leucistic type).

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Observer

tsoleau

Date

June 29, 2012

Description

Not a great photo, but do you think this is one light-colored P. ochraceus and one P. giganteus? The guide called the top one a "pink sea star" but I don't think he meant P. brevispinus - just that it was pinkish in color. The star-shaped group of spines at the center make me think P. ochraceus. Any thoughts?

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Bat Star Patiria miniata

Observer

tsoleau

Date

June 29, 2012

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Giant Sea Star Pisaster giganteus

Observer

tsoleau

Date

June 29, 2012

Description

There were some HUGE sea stars in this harbor. I think this is a Giant sea star (P. giganteus) just by its size, but don't see the blue circles. It would be my first observation of this species. What do you think?

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chaparral yucca Hesperoyucca whipplei

Observer

tsoleau

Date

May 28, 2012

Description

Charlie pointed out that this could be subspecies parishii. Indeed I'd never seen yucca blooms so robust and with such large stalks. I'll have to take a closer look at the ones in the Santa Monica Mountains next time.

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