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Bird Quest 2014 #9

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Shy and hiding behind an irrigation ditch.
Shy and hiding behind an irrigation ditch.

Why are Burrowing Owls so shy?

I must have driven by them three or four times before I finally saw them.  I think one of them must have blinked at the wrong time and by subconscious mind noticed it.  It was like I knew they were there, but couldn't spot them.

Burrowing Owl-7614
Burrowing Owl-7614

The next morning I went by early to see if they were still around.  This one stayed up on up on the irrigation ditch and let me get a photo.  The second Burrowing Owl's head is just visible on the left by the tail of the one on the ditch.

Lesser Canaada Goose,
Lesser Canaada Goose,

I think this is a Canada Goose, subspecies "lesser".  The bill does not appear to be stubby and the head does not appear to be rounded as a Crackling Goose would be.  The neck length seems to indicate Lesser Canada Goose. Photographed at the Old Fishing Hole Park, Kent WA.

Tundra Swan
Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan from the  Sakgit Valley yesterday.  I thought these were Trumpters until I got home and magnified the image to 100%, the yellow between the eye and bill was clearly visible then.  Maybe my eight year old, $100, eight power binoculars need to get replaced.

Good Birding!

Tim