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August 2017

American Wigeon, A Painting by Barry Kent MacKay

American Wigeon ... one of three species sharing the common nameIn the United Kingdom, the name is spelled “widgeon”, with a “d”, but the spelling used by the American Ornithologists Union “official” checklist of birds drops the letter “d”. Either way, there are three species sharing the name:... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ornithology

The Kids Are Growin' Up

Summertime — and this year's baby birds are growing up. Mike Hamilton's camera has found themunfurling new feathers, practicing essential skills, and sometimes . . . looking a little confused by it all.[We've named the birds below their pictures, so you can guess what they are. Have fun!]This... read more »

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Black Turnstones Head South

Black Turnstones are back at Alki! It's mid-August and Gregg Thompson is photographing Black Turnstones returning to the Puget Sound area for the winter. And he's trying to sort through the group, studying different plumages and ages. Most of these birds are adult non-breeders or adults coming... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

Ben Mirin, a.k.a. DJ Ecotone

Tweets into beats:We asked Wildlife DJ Ben Mirin to remix our theme songSound artist Ben Mirin travels the world collecting the sounds of nature.His energy is incredible. Ben, better known as DJ Ecotone, takes the sounds he finds and remixes them into frenetic, electronic compositions — he’s a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  recording

Eastern Kingbirds Feeding Chicks

Photographer Gregg Thompson watched Eastern Kingbirds feeding their chicks and shared photos of a “...sequence both amusing and interesting at the same time.The adult comes in with some food. Sometimes all of the chicks and other times just the closest beg, and the adult drops the food in their... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting
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