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Bird Quest 2014 #10

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

I had the chance to give my "Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration" at the Blue Mountain Audubon in Walla Walla last week. On the way back I added these three birds to my quest of seeing how many birds I could get good quality images of this year.  Last year I didn't do so well after the art show season started, this year I think I'll do better.  

Starling at a nest hole it was trying to put grass strands in.
Starling at a nest hole it was trying to put grass strands in.

I stepped out of the car at McNary National Wildlife Refuge just as this Starling was entering a nest hole.  I waited a few minutes as it came back first with grass strands, they  wouldn't fit in the  hole so the Starling dropped them.  Then for a minute or two it just stood by the entrance as if guarding it.

Yellow-headed Blackbird calling from McNary National Wildlife Refuge.
Yellow-headed Blackbird calling from McNary National Wildlife Refuge.

I like the call of Yellow-headed Blackbirds, the raspy, richness of their voices make me smile.

From McNary I made a stop at the Burrowing Owls near Othello.   I got a few images of them, but was surprised to hear Sandhill Cranes.  They were directly above me riding thermals.  It was fun watching them for several minutes as they were swirling around in the sky.

Sandhill Cranes catching a thermal over farm fields east of Othello WA.
Sandhill Cranes catching a thermal over farm fields east of Othello WA.

Enjoy!

Good Birding

Tim