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Common Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus

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wendy5

Date

December 15, 2018 12:49 PM PST

Description

I have noticed masses of Symphoricarpos albus (Common Snowberry) this autumn-winter. I'd heard birds sometimes eat them when there's no other food, as they have little nutritious value. This Spotted Towhee was eating several as we watched.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 15, 2018 10:30 AM PST

Description

This Great Blue Heron raised its right leg, and then limped away.

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Pigeon Guillemot Cepphus columba

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 15, 2018 02:06 PM PST

Description

A lone Pigeon Guillemot bobbed on the rough sea.

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 15, 2018 12:49 PM PST

Description

A Spotted Towhee feasting on Symphoricarpos albus (Common Snowberry).

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Douglas' Squirrel Tamiasciurus douglasii

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 02:06 PM PST

Description

This Douglas Squirrel was eating a Douglas Fir cone, letting the scales of the seeds add to a 4'X3' pile below the branch (second photo).

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 11:48 AM PST

Description

This Bald Eagle flew from Whidbey Island to Point No Point.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 02:59 PM PST

Description

This pair of Bald Eagles fluffed their feathers beside Buck Lake.

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Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 11:49 AM PST

Description

About 10 Horned Grebes were diving near the lighthouse.

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Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 11:58 AM PST

Description

Two Northern Harriers flew over this field, just like they had done when I was here two years ago.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 12:04 PM PST

Description

Nine Great Blue Herons huddled in this field in sunny spots to wait for the 35 degree morning to warm up. These three sometimes annoyed each other.

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Stump Puffball Lycoperdon pyriforme

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 12:42 PM PST

Description

I'd never seen such a large clump of Lycoperdon pyriforme. There were hundreds of others nearby that were older and decomposing.

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Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 02:36 PM PST

Description

We heard this Pileated Woodpecker before we saw him. I think it's a male.

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wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 12:51 PM PST

Description

This 3/4" spider was crawling on the dark forest floor in the alder and maple leaves. When I moved a leaf, it curled up into a tight ball for a couple of minutes. Its legs appear slightly hairy, and it has white lines on them. Its abdomen is mauve, but the rest is brown and white.

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Grey Coral Fungus Clavulina cinerea

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 01:33 PM PST

Description

iNaturalist suggests this Coral fungus is Clavulina cinerea?

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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 03:07 PM PST

Description

A sole female Hooded Merganser swam at Buck Lake

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Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 03:08 PM PST

Description

32 Ring-necked Ducks swam and dove at Buck Lake. They were far away from us, so photos aren't clear.

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Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 10:16 AM PST

Description

We stopped at Port Ludlow to see if reports of Eared Grebes were true. All we could find were about ten Horned Grebes.

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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

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wendy5

Date

December 7, 2018 10:08 AM PST

Description

About a dozen Hooded Mergansers were swimming in the lagoon beside the marina.

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Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 1, 2018 02:13 PM PST

Description

There were over 130 Northern Shovelers today at Chinese Gardens, the most I've ever seen.

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Steller Sea Lion Eumetopias jubatus

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 1, 2018 01:01 PM PST

Description

A pair of Steller Sea Lions swam very close to the USGS at Ft. Flagler. I could only get photos of the female.

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Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 1, 2018 12:55 PM PST

Description

A pair of Humpback Whales swam between Marrowstone and Whidbey Islands.

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Common Loon Gavia immer

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 1, 2018 12:02 PM PST

Description

This Common Loon was swimming fairly close to the shore.

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Greater Moon Jelly Aurelia labiata

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 30, 2018 02:48 PM PST

Description

I think this is a 12" Aurelia labiata (Greater Moon Jelly), washed ashore. I thought it was dead and covered with sand, and then realized it was still pulsing like a live jelly, and it wasn't sand but hundreds of tiny insects. The insects are a separate observation. Very strange!

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Greater Moon Jelly Aurelia labiata

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wendy5

Date

November 30, 2018 02:39 PM PST

Description

A 5" Aurelia labiata (Greater Moon Jelly) washed ashore

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Springtails Subclass Collembola

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 30, 2018 02:47 PM PST

Description

There were hundreds of these tiny insects on a barely alive 12" moon jelly that washed ashore on the beach. They look like long ovals with two antennae. The third photo shows the jelly.

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2018 01:10 PM PST

Description

I found a few Hydnum umbilicatum (Hedgehogs) growing beneath Western Redcedars and Douglas Firs, the day after rain.

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2018 03:02 PM PST

Description

I think this is Tremellodendropsis tuberosa, a new fungus for me. Several small clumps about an inch tall were growing beneath Western Redcedars and Douglas Firs, the day after rain.

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Red-juice Tooth Hydnellum peckii

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wendy5

Date

November 27, 2018 02:06 PM PST

Description

I think this 4" wide fungus is Hydnellum peckii (Red-juice Tooth). It was growing beneath Western Redcedars and Douglas Firs, the day after rain.

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Rufous Milkcap Lactarius rufus

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 27, 2018 01:45 PM PST

Description

Lactarius rufus (Milky Cap) was growing beneath Western Redcedars and Douglas Firs, the day after rain.

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Witch's Hat Hygrocybe conica

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 27, 2018 11:58 AM PST

Description

Hygrocybe conica (Witch's Hat) was the only one growing beneath Western Redcedars and Douglas Firs, the day after rain. The second photo shows the cap, which was quite pointed. The 1" cap was sticky.

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