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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

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Date

May 27, 2012

Description

OLDER DUCKLINGS! These ducklings were darker and bigger than the little yellow ones.

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

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velizo

Date

May 27, 2012

Description

DUCKLINGS! Little teeny tiny baby ducklings. These were the littlest ducklings I saw on Sunday. They still had a lot of yellow on them. They attempted to jump to land where their parents were in the grass from a log and fell every time back into the water. Then they all swam away.

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velizo

Date

May 27, 2012

Description

Dark gray seagull. I know that when they are dark like this, they are young adolescent seagulls. I just don't know if he is glaucous-winged or some other kind yet.

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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

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velizo

Date

May 27, 2012

Description

I saw this same osprey on Sunday the 27th and on the next day (today), Monday. He was perched in a tree for a long time watching the water and the ducks before taking off to soar and look for fish. He often came back to land on the same tree. I had never seen an osprey so close before.

I could also hear the osprey chirping while circling the park. His voice was much cuter than I thought it would be. It was high-pitched and made short little whistling calls.

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

velizo

Date

May 27, 2012

Description

I know its hard to see, but this is the silhouette of a kingfisher. He sat on the top of the sail to a boat at coulon park. Then he flew away and made a call. When I zoom in on the photo, I can see that there is a white stripe on the bird's neck, so I identified it as a belted kingfisher. Also, when I saw it fly away, it appeared to be blue.

When it flew by me from the boat and into a tree, it made a loud, high-pitched, clicking, rattling call.

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velizo

Date

May 27, 2012

Description

saw this tall conifer at coulon park. not sure what it is yet. There were sharp spikes coming out of each needle and the branches started low to the ground. Also, all the pinecones were at the very top of the tree. Needles reminded me of a cedar's needles.

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Trembling Aspen Populus tremuloides

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velizo

Date

May 27, 2012

Description

Saw this tree at coulon park

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western painted turtle Chrysemys picta ssp. bellii

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velizo

Date

May 28, 2012

Description

Saw a turtle sitting on a floating log at Coulon Park. When I zoomed in on the picture, I could sort of see yellowish stripes on its neck, so I decided it was a Painted Turtle. I saw this turtle around 2:00 pm. Soon after I took the picture, he crawled into the water and swam away.

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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

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velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

I saw at least 2 osprey circling around the river and diving to catch fish. When they caught one, starlings and crows would chase the osprey. The osprey would circle higher and higher until it was a tiny dot in the sky, where I assume it would soar to its nest and feed its babies. I was surprised by how fast they were.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Observer

velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Bald eagle being chased by some crows on the cedar river trail

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

Observer

velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

hummingbird i saw on the cedar river trail

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Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus

Observer

velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

adorable baby bunny on the cedar river trail, munching on foliage. let me get fairly close before hopping away. he was really small.

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Western Tent Caterpillar Malacosoma californicum

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velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

fuzzy caterpillar at the black river riparian forest

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changing forget-me-not Myosotis discolor

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velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

super tiny flower

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Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber

Observer

velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

a better picture of the red-breasted sapsucker. early in the morning.

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Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

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velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

seen at my mom's work early in the morning (perhaps 9am) in a pine tree with his mate, gathering pine needles for their nest in a nearby big leaf maple. it's hard to see in the picture because it scared easily and was hard to photograph.

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Teasels Genus Dipsacus

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velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

strange prickly cat-tail like plant that was growing at the top of a meadow-y hill in Renton. When I dropped it, seeds came out of the prickly top of it.

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velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

weird conifer with yellow, cedar-like branches

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Observer

velizo

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

very jumpy and hard to photograph, makes a loud, sharp chirp

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Pines (Genus Pinus) Genus Pinus

Observer

velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

perhaps some sort of pine tree? It has needles growing in twos, and they were round and smooth/shiny on one side, and flat, dull and indented on the other side. It had pine cones. the needles were about 3.5-4 inches long and were pointed at the tips.

perhaps a lodgepole pine?

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fringe cups (Tellima grandiflora) Tellima grandiflora

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velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

lots of these flowers growing around my mom's work. not sure what they are... they were growing pretty tall

maybe in the pea (fabaceae) family?

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salmonberry Rubus spectabilis

Observer

velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

salmonberry plant with orange berries on it in Renton

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thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus

Observer

velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

at my mom's work in Renton

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velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

looks like a buttercup, but isn't.

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Meadow buttercup Ranunculus acris

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velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

buttercup

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Yellow Flag Iris pseudacorus

Observer

velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

not native to washington

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big-leaf maple Acer macrophyllum

Observer

velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

at my mom's work (New Horizon School) in Renton

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Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Observer

velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

Adorable barn swallow on the roof of a building at my mom's work in Renton. He was standing guard by his nest, where another swallow was inside, presumably protecting eggs or babies. Whenever another bird came too close he'd fly around and cheep at it. Also included is a picture of the nest made of mud next to a light on the building. I could see the tail of another barn swallow sticking out from the inside.

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Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana

Observer

velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

Dead baby opossum at my mom's work in Renton. It has a slug on it for some reason.

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Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus

Observer

velizo

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

Rabbit at my mom's work in Renton. Was fairly cautious and very aware of my presence. Watched my while he munched on grass and foliage. Most likely another one of the Eastern Cottontails I have been seeing everywhere around Renton.

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