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Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 9, 2022 10:51 AM PST

Description

Today there were 95 Trumpeter Swans, including nine juveniles; here are a few. A few days ago there were only four juveniles. Location is approximate.

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Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 9, 2022 10:16 AM PST

Description

Today there were 95 Trumpeter Swans, including nine juveniles, more than a few days ago. Location is approximate.

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Olympic Gull (Larus glaucescens × occidentalis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 8, 2022 03:01 PM PST

Description

Typical noisy Olympic Gulls

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Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 8, 2022 03:29 PM PST

Description

I've never before noticed any Cornu aspersum (Garden Snail), alive or dead, in these dunes, and here were over a dozen dead, empty shells within a few yards of each other. I brought them together for the photo.

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Lewis's Moon Snail (Neverita lewisii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 6, 2022 11:52 AM PST

Description

A small (1.5") Neverita lewisii (Lewis's Moon Snail) was partly dug into the sand by the sea.

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Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 6, 2022 12:59 PM PST

Description

These are new sprouts of Polypodium glycyrrhiza (Licorice Fern) growing on a Bigleaf Maple tree.

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Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 6, 2022 01:49 PM PST

Description

We were very surprised to see a Heermann's Gull sitting with a dozen Olympic Gulls on a rooftop. All the others left weeks ago for Baja California.

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Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 5, 2022 04:00 PM PST

Description

There were 94 swans today in the soggy agricultural field; I think 91 were Trumpeter Swans, including four immature; and three Tundra Swans. We could hear them trumpeting. Location is approximate.

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Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 3, 2022 04:11 PM PST

Description

Eight Black Oystercatchers were foraging or resting on the beaches here, including this one juvenile.

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Short-billed Gull (Larus brachyrhynchus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 3, 2022 04:10 PM PST

Description

About 180 Short-billed Gulls relaxed on a very cold afternoon.

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 26, 2022 02:20 PM PST

Description

Normally the Hooded Mergansers and the American Wigeons swim separately in this lagoon. Today they were all mixed up, as seen in photos after the first one; about 30 of each.

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Slender Club (Macrotyphula juncea)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 22, 2022 12:36 PM PST

Description

I think this is fungus, growing up from the forest floor under Western Redcedars, Western Hemlocks, and Douglas Firs. Each straight, thin, ivory-colored strand was about 2" tall.

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Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 21, 2022 02:21 PM PST

Description

Thirty-four Black Oystercatchers gathered on the shore, including ten immature, almost twice as many as I've ever seen before! When 30 noisy Canada Geese flew over, the Oystercatchers and Wigeons were frightened and flew off. Photos taken (as always) with zoom and cropped.

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Dungeness Crab (Metacarcinus magister)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 18, 2022 04:25 PM PST

Description

Looks like this Olympic Gull caught a Cancer magister (Dungeness Crab), after plunging its head underwater several times to grab the poor crab, then carrying it to the beach. I wondered if I should try to rescue the crab, but the gull had torn off its legs.

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Orange Disco (Aleurodiscus amorphus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 18, 2022 12:13 PM PST

Description

An apricot-colored crust-fungus (cup-fungus?) was growing on a few 1/2" diameter fallen branches in the dark mixed forest. Maybe Aleurodiscus amorphus (Orange Disco)? Photos are of the same branch, carried to the sunshine.

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wendy5

Date

November 17, 2022 12:55 PM PST

Description

This 1/4" long insect with red wings and legs sat in the sun on our picnic table for half an hour. Its eyes are on the sides of its head; antennae are long; head, pronotum and (I think) scutellum are black. The sun cast a large shadow.

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Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 17, 2022 03:27 PM PST

Description

Two Black Oystercatchers were sitting together on the rocky beach; one flew off, and the other stayed for half an hour preening before flying off to join the first.

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Ray-finned Fishes (Class Actinopterygii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 16, 2022 12:59 PM PST

Description

Interesting fish here caught by a Horned Grebe diving underwater. The fish had large eyes and a red patch. Maybe about 6-8" long.

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Short-billed Gull (Larus brachyrhynchus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 16, 2022 01:52 PM PST

Description

I think these are immature Short-billed Gulls, though I wondered if they might be Ring-billed!

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Northern Kelp Crab (Pugettia producta)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 16, 2022 12:40 PM PST

Description

The molt of a Pugettia producta (Northern Kelp Crab), covered in large barnacles.

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Coastal Mugwort (Artemisia suksdorfii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 16, 2022 01:46 PM PST

Description

Artemisia suksdorfii (Coastal Mugwort) is dried now above the bluff.

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Observer

wendy5

Date

November 14, 2022 01:13 PM PST

Description

I saw a 3-4" marine worm swimming below the pier, something I've never seen before. It partially coiled itself to propel itself forward. It seemed to have bristles all along its body, long antennae (?), and different colors when the light shone on its body-- purple, pink, yellow, white, green, turquoise, gray. Family Nereididae? @leslieh?

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Puget Sound Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis ssp. pickeringii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 12, 2022 01:49 PM PST

Description

I think this may be a 2' long Puget Sound Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis ssp. pickeringii), caught by a Great Blue Heron who kept shaking it until it was limp, then swallowed it.

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Alaska Yellowjacket (Vespula alascensis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 12, 2022 12:43 PM PST

Description

I think this may be an Alaska Yellowjacket, walking briefly on a lichen-covered tree.

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Common Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 11, 2022 01:12 PM PST

Description

A few of the fruits of the Symphoricarpos albus (Common Snowberry) on the edge of the forest were tinted pink, instead of being white. Pink cultivars are sold in nurseries. Could these be escaped cultivars? Or are some Symphoricarpos albus pink?

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Pacific Lion's Mane Jelly (Cyanea ferruginea)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 11, 2022 10:45 AM PST

Description

Four of the eleven Cyanea ferruginea (Pacific Lion's Mane jelly) that were floating ashore, most no longer with tentacles. They may have been harmed by the recent heavy storm and died?

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Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 10, 2022 12:22 PM PST

Description

I saw three Trumpeter Swans early this morning in a field, and half an hour later, they had left. I went to see if the swans had arrived yet in Chimacum, and saw five in one flooded field, and about 50 in another. Location is approximate.

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 9, 2022 12:33 PM PST

Description

We estimated 75 Hooded Mergansers in the lagoon today--a very high number, and good news for this bird!

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Ray-finned Fishes (Class Actinopterygii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 9, 2022 01:50 PM PST

Description

A Bald Eagle carried a large fish to the top of a Douglas Fir tree to rip it apart and eat it. Maybe a Great Sculpin, Staghorn Sculpin, Buffalo Sculpin?

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Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni)

Observer

wendy5

Date

November 8, 2022 02:46 PM PST

Description

One sole Heermann's Gull stood with a dozen Olympic Gulls. I wonder if most have already flown south?

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