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  1. Hello, I reside in Washington State, in the greater Seattle area. My brother and I were outside when we noticed a sizable bird of prey in our garden. It was quite interesting looking, mostly grey with some spots. I was quite enthralled with this sighting, because it seemed to be different than most bird of prey sightings we come across in our yard (which consists of only ever coopers' and barred owls). It flew away, we attempted to seek it out again, but failed. We went back inside, upstairs to our rooms, and we heard a piercing whimper coming from outside. We run down the stairs preparing to see our neighbors dog getting attacked by a coyote, but instead we see a large bird of prey flying down the adjacent street pursuing the two coyotes. The coyotes scamper off and we think we see the bird land. We run out with camera and binoculars. Tiptoeing in the forest, we try to spot the bird perched, but the best we manage is to flush it out, scaring it away in the direction farthest from us. My brother barely notices a feather fall from the bird, and we search the ferns tirelessly until we come across what we'd been looking for. Feather experts, let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks a lot! Goonshine
  2. Are these all the same ? What about the one second from the left ?
  3. Wilson's Snipe? Something else? Taken at Union Bay Natural Area in Seattle.
  4. Taken at Discovery Park. Just wondering whether or not anyone thinks the goose that flew over is Cackling or Canada. Neck and bill seem a bit shorter.
  5. Just curious, what keeps this from being a Western or Least Sandpiper?
  6. Enough here to know what this is? Discovery Park.
  7. Small gull seen in Western Washington. In this area, a solitary Mew Gull has been spotted recently (early migrant) at this location (Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR) and I have a feeling this might be the one. Does it check out? Was quite smaller than the rest of the birds nearby, but I'm not sure whether or not it's a 2nd Year Ring-Billed or California. Thanks for the help!
  8. Let me know if you have any trouble downloading/opening this file, if so I will try and upload it again in a different format.
  9. Hello! Heard this bird singing for a while, made this same repeating noise over and over again. Searched through every single bird on Merlin (in our area) and couldn't match the song. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks so much for the help! Please let me know! I'm desperate. 9415 Miller Rd NE.m4a
  10. I feel like it's an immature Savannah Sparrow. That's my best guess, it's in an area with a lot of other Savannah Sparrows as well (Union Bay Natural Area). But I'm really not sure. As a new birder, I didn't realize how difficult immature sparrows were! I figured this was just an adult I'd never seen before 😛
  11. Not sure if it's an immature of something, or a sparrow I've never seen! Thanks!
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