November 12 – Home and Potter Marsh

Birds at home today, in addition to Steller’s Jays and Black-billed Magpies, included a Black-capped Chickadee and a Hairy Woodpecker, both eating seeds.

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I took a brief trip to Potter Marsh in the late morning. At first I could not see or hear any birds there, although I thought there might be ducks around because there was more flowing water than I saw last time due to the warmer weather and rain that we have had. The sun was having a bit of a struggle to be seen, which made the late morning seem like dawn.

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After I had been on the boardwalk for a while, I heard and then saw a Black-billed Magpie.

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At the end of the boardwalk the usual Bald Eagle was perched.

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Two surprising things at Potter Marsh were a singing Dark-eyed Junco (I don’t usually see them at the marsh and they usually aren’t singing in November) and a brief appearance by a Northern Shrike (I’m not sure I’ve seen one at the marsh before).

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As I left the marsh as a light rain started, four Common Ravens appeared, two in the trees and two foraging nearer the boardwalk.

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Just as I pulled out of the parking lot, a Mallard flew over. So there was a duck and a few other birds there after all.

303 species so far

 

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