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  1. No, not me, the birds. Well, okay, me too, but that's beside the point. Taken today 10/3/2022 at Nehalem Bay State Park, OR, walking the Pacific beach from the parking area 2.5 miles south to the jetty and back. I was really there for the Pacific Golden-plovers, but I was scanning the surf as well. That yielded up some nice birds as my attention was drawn to a charter fishing boat out beyond the surf, and saw seven Red-necked Grebes, and then I spent a lot more time looking out. Hard to get looks or shots because about the time the eyes focus on something, a wave comes up and and obscures it from view. (Should be good practice for my first pelagic boat trip next week, yes?) I've got these two shots, and I think I can rule out the grebes and move them into the loon category, but about the time I have myself talked into one loon I think of a trait that moves the needle back the other way. Of course, it looks like I've got two loons out there, so could be they are not the same, despite the whole birds of a feather thing. It was a little foggy here, and I've cropped about as much as I can for distance and light without losing any more definition, but did nothing to enhance color or contrast. The first one has a nicely delineated neck between front and back, and it looks like the bill is thicker. This guy I am thinking Red-throated due to the white facial markings and slightly smaller, upturned bill. But for all I can tell from way in on the beach, they could be the same bird, different angles. Thanks all!
  2. Those are some great comparison shots of the plumage, thank you for pulling that up. The previous reports on the day or two prior hadn't any photos attached, when I was looking to see what others were considering. Much appreciated finding this one!
  3. Thanks to everyone very much! Very excited to confirm the lifer! Also interesting ID points on the last bird, as I continue to learn these.
  4. 8/27/2022 Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area in Ocean Shores, WA. Other eBirders reporting plovers as Pacific, American and as unsure with a / . Pacific would be a life bird for me, so I'd like to make sure. American get reported quite frequently along the coast. I didn't hear any vocalization to try to narrow it down. Trying to not duplicate birds in the photos, I took as many snaps of each as I could. They were moving around of course. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Bonus peep - There were a couple of Least Sandpipers, which this looked bigger than, a Pectoral, which this looked smaller than. The legs seem yellowish to me, which is throwing me. The Westerns were all hunkered down. I'm wondering if the leg color is just a bit of a trick of coloring and maybe it's a Baird's? At any rate, all help immensely appreciated. I am getting a little better at the local peeps and was anxiously awaiting the return of them, hopeful for the Pacific! Thanks!
  5. Thanks for trying. Sorry it’s hard for me to reply from work sometimes. I thought it might be worth a shot.
  6. Thanks, yah, it's a tough one. I can hear it pretty well on the phone, but when I move it to the computer to share it loses that amplification. If I turn it way up and get my ear to the speaker, I can make it out. I didn't know if someone had better audio or earphones might be able to as well. Thanks for trying!
  7. Thank you! We celebrated by trying to do ourselves in hiking the entire Skyline Trail around Mt Rainier. 1700' foot elevation change, about 5.5 miles, uphill both ways, that's not even a joke. We went from 5400' to 7100' in elevation. Not too bad for a couple of mid-century folks, considering my husband had a stroke in 2011 and I had brain surgery in 2013 to get a shunt. It took us considerably longer than most folks I suppose, but we made it. And no, I never spotted any ptarmagin or Sooty Grouse. Ah, the lengths I go through to see a wild chicken....sigh.
  8. Saturday, August 14, in the Sawmill Creek Burn, about 4500' in elevation, an old burn area that is east of the Tacoma/Seattle area by a couple of hours. I know this is a stretch, but I'm recording with an older iPhone, so I seem to pick up every creak we make but birds are distant, even with a limited amount of wind and movement. You will have to turn it up. I apologize in advance for the quality or outside noise. The bird itself is distant, but it's an repeating chock chock chock chock chock call. Initially I was thinking Townsend's Solitaire call but it seems to deep for that. It was coming from up a hillside with some dense scrub, fairly steep. I've heard male grouse but this seems not quite in line with that either. Thanks for listening to my not quite Top 40 Pop Hit of the day, and appreciate the help! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mvX0RRrVNgMnTBWtLRTNt4XiOe0B-hJV/view?usp=sharing
  9. Saturday, August 14. First two are from an area called the Sawmill Creek Burn, about 4500' in elevation, an old burn area looking for woodpeckers and not finding, but these two birds were in with a bunch of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Other possibilities are Nashville and Orange-crowned. The first one, behavior was different from Yellow-rumped. They were flitting around at the tops of the pines, and there was this one and maybe one other keeping to the leafier shrubs along the dirt road we were walking. Probably complicated in that I can't figure out if I'm looking at the under tail or not. If it's the top of the bird, then Yellow-rumped should be feasible, but it seems like the bird is sort of twisted around as it is picking in the bushes. Second bird is at the top of the pines and flitting about, but doesn't seem to have the streaking I would expect on a younger Yellow-rumped. I'm not that familiar with Nashville, and the range of colors Orange-crowned come in...well, Orange-crowned vibe thanks to the eye line of sorts, but I thought I should rule out anything else. Next photo is from August 16th, Bottle Beach State Park, WA. This spot you walk along the open water and you can also walk back along a sort of wooded and scrubby path. This was along the water/beach side, but in the trees. It struck me that it might be an immature Dark-eyed Junco, but again, I've only seen an immature once and realized it, and this LBB is so sort of standard parts of everything, any ideas would be appreciated. It was a pretty sizable bird, larger than a mature Junco, slightly smaller than a Robin, bulky. Thank you in advance!
  10. Hmmm, Murre is possible, there was another out there, though....the stature seems different, or maybe just that I'm so used to them being hunkered down in the water. I wouldn't discount a Common Loon either, though the bill seems slim. Good ideas.... This was the one Common Murre I spotted out there as well.
  11. 8/5/2022 North Jetty Cape Disappointment State Park, WA, about halfway out from the beach area to the end of the jetty. There are loads of gulls out there, which is what I thought this was at a glance, but the bill is more inclined to loon. It looks awfully bulky to be a loon, but I've only ever seen Pacific Loons in WY, of all things, and none since I came out here to the WA/OR area, so maybe I'm just reading it wrong one way or the other. Other opinions appreciated! Thank you!
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