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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

April 26, 2022 11:37 AM PDT

Description

These two immature Bald Eagles flew side by side, then tumbled together a bit, not fighting, maybe playful siblings?

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Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

April 12, 2022 02:19 PM PDT

Description

The male Rufous Hummingbird has spectacular, iridescent feathers. I just learned that a 2020 study in Evolution "shows that while hummingbird feathers have the same basic makeup as other birds', the special shape of their pigment-containing structures enables them to reflect a rainbow of light." These two photos were taken about 20 seconds apart.

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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 10, 2022 11:00 AM PST

Description

I was thrilled to finally see a Snowy Owl, right here in my town, which is rare. I think this may be an immature one, with so much brown. The poor owl was continually harassed by noisy crows-- not a nice welcome to our town. Thanks to @ekingfisher for telling me!

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wendy5

Date

July 19, 2021 12:03 PM PDT

Description

A spectacular, iridescent butterfly that looks different in each photo. Blues Subfamily Polyommatinae?

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Tweedy's Lewisia (Lewisiopsis tweedyi)

Observer

wendy5

Date

May 2017

Description

We were amazed by this sole Lewisia tweedyi (Tweedy's Lewisia aka Mountain Rose) growing beside a boulder close to the river. The shimmering petals are absolutely gorgeous!

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Wealed Tiger Beetle (Cicindela tranquebarica ssp. vibex)

Observer

wendy5

Description

This Cicindela (Tiger Beetle) was sadly dead, clinging to the seeds of Yellow Sand Verbena. It was larger than other Tiger Beetles I've seen, about an inch long, and had spectacular metallic colors on its underside, and unusual streaked brown eyes..

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Lined Chiton (Tonicella lineata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

May 26, 2021 10:48 AM PDT

Description

The prettiest blue Tonicella lineata (Lined Chiton) I think I've ever found.

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White Tern (Gygis alba)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 8, 2016

Description

This Gygis alba (White Tern) chick is typical of the chicks we saw mid-February on Lord Howe Island. All are perched alone on a branch of a Norfolk Pine tree, awaiting tiny fish from their parents. The trees are growing beside the roads, so they are used to people walking right by their branches.

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Long-tailed Weasel (Neogale frenata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

May 8, 2021 09:28 AM PDT

Description

A curious and beautiful Long-tailed Weasel watched us, then slipped away.

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Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Observer

wendy5

Date

April 1, 2021 12:58 PM PDT

Description

An amazing viewing of a Golden Eagle, who was standing on branches from an old clear-cut beside the gravel road when we walked down from the summit of Mt. Walker. A huge construction/logging truck came up the road and frightened the eagle, who flew west, soaring and not flapping its wings.

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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 17, 2021 11:35 AM PST

Description

The first Song Sparrow singing a spring song!

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North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 1, 2021 04:16 PM PST

Description

Usually our River Otters are in small groups on the beaches and in the sea. This one was alone in a flooded ditch by Chinese Gardens lagoon and was very interested in me.

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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

September 17, 2019 04:30 PM PDT

Description

This Peregrine Falcon flew by and terrified about 30 Double-crested Cormorants that were resting on an enormous eucalyptus tree, then landed on the same tree.

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White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 22, 2020 06:00 PM PST

Description

There's often a White-winged Scoter off this beach trying to eat a crab, and succeeding.

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Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 22, 2020 05:22 PM PST

Description

We first saw this Townsend's Warbler in a friend's backyard during the Christmas Bird Count three days ago. I returned today with my camera and it showed up again, six or seven times! (Location is not exact for privacy.)

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Roosevelt Elk (Cervus canadensis ssp. roosevelti)

Observer

wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 04:23 PM PDT

Description

We saw about 50 Roosevelt Elk near the Brinnon Elementary School, including bulls with antlers, a female with a radio collar, and juveniles. Some were calling softly to each other. They crossed the road in groups. I wonder how to find out background about the female, tagged #73?

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Observer

wendy5

Date

October 6, 2020 12:20 PM PDT

Description

This is the first Agapostemon virescens (Bicolored Agapostemon) I've ever seen, a female. (If I identified her correctly!) She was flying around the dried grasses and rocks not far from the sea.

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Northern Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla)

Observer

wendy5

Date

September 22, 2020 12:58 PM PDT

Description

An adorable and small (3/4") Pseudacris regilla (Northern Pacific Treefrog) was resting on a blade of grass, still in the same spot two hours later.

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Twelve-tentacled Parasitic Anemone (Peachia quinquecapitata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 31, 2020 11:08 AM PDT

Description

This is one of four 1/2" Anemones I found today in the intertidal. I dug into the sand to see its column, and after 3", it had disappeared.

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White-lined Dirona (Dirona albolineata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 30, 2020 08:58 AM PDT

Description

The first time I've ever seen an upside-down Dirona albolineata (Frosted Nudibranch) crawling along!

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Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 8, 2020 01:05 PM PDT

Description

This sad little baby Belted Kingfisher must have fallen from her nest, a hole in the cliff 12' above. She kept calling for help, and could only waddle a bit and attempt to flap her wings. I hope her parents could help her.

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Pacific Lion's Mane Jelly (Cyanea ferruginea)

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 5, 2020 10:14 AM PDT

Description

This must be a Cyanea capillata (Lion's Mane Jelly) with very colorful tentacles! It was about 11" across. I found it upside down, tangled in the eelgrass during a -2.7 tide, and gently turned it over with my rubber boot.

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Pacific Sand Lance (Ammodytes personatus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 09:34 AM PDT

Description

This spectacular 3" fish was swimming in the shallow sea during a minus tide near the tinier baby fish. I can't find a fish like this with its jewel colors and dots in my field guide, and Ammodytes looks like the closest match on iNaturalist.

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Blister Glassy-Bubble (Haminoea vesicula)

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 27, 2020 03:40 PM PDT

Description

I found hundreds of 2/3" Haminoea vesicula. sea slugs on the sand during the minus tide. Many masses of yellow eggs were wrapped around the eelgrass in this section of the shallow water. An amazing sight!

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Sailfin Sculpin (Nautichthys oculofasciatus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 22, 2020 10:58 AM PDT

Description

This Nautichthys oculofasciatus (Sailfin Sculpin) was the most remarkable fish I've ever found, like a gossamer butterfly swimming in the sea. It was only about 3/4" long. I'd only seen one once before in the aquarium at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center years ago.

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Dungeness Crab (Metacarcinus magister)

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 21, 2020 11:38 AM PDT

Description

The sticky sand beach was crowded with millions of megalops and juvenile instar crabs. It was amazing! Three or four could fit on my little fingernail. They looked like flakes of oatmeal emerging from the sand. A friend told me a nearby beach was covered in masses of orangish crab larvae on May 18.

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Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 16, 2020 12:26 PM PDT

Description

A very colorful Violet-green Swallow paused on a picnic table in the campground for a portrait.

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Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)

Observer

wendy5

Date

May 9, 2020 10:12 AM PDT

Description

A gorgeous Western Bluebird

Ray-finned Fishes

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Ray-finned Fishes (Class Actinopterygii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

May 5, 2020 11:27 AM PDT

Description

This observation focuses on the fish. A River Otter was eating this large fish. A Bald Eagle stole the intestines (?) and flew off with them.

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Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

March 20, 2020 12:19 PM PDT

Description

This Pine Siskin looks ready to build a nest. One of dozens chirping in the forest by our house and taking turns at the bird feeder.

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Black Brant (Branta bernicla ssp. nigricans)

Observer

wendy5

Date

March 7, 2020 12:54 PM PST

Description

I didn't even notice the banding on this Brant until getting home and looking at the photos. The green band on the left leg says OR2, and the silver band on the right leg was illegible. A local expert birder told me to report it to USGS. Now I have a certificate telling me it's a male, banded 7/30/17, too young to fly when banded near Nuiqsut, North Slope Borough, Alaska by John Pearce at the USGS at the Alaska Science Center. So cool!

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Observer

wendy5

Date

February 14, 2020 09:26 AM PST

Description

Mutisia decurrens was growing in clumps along the road to Quila Quila. It's spectacular!

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Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 14, 2020 10:24 AM PST

Description

Four Southern Lapwings were walking on the edge of the lake, and one sipped water from the lake. They are very common in this area.

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Austral Parakeet (Enicognathus ferrugineus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 14, 2020 07:45 AM PST

Description

I think this might be a Slender-billed Parakeet? A few noisy parakeets flew from tree to tree. They are larger than the Monk Parakeet.

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Silvery Grebe (Podiceps occipitalis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 15, 2020 05:20 AM PST

Description

I think this is a White-tufted Grebe. It was one of two diving for food beside the port.

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Argentine Black-and-white Tegu (Salvator merianae)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 22, 2020 07:24 AM PST

Description

We saw three of these giant 1 m lizards my friends called Salvator meridae (merianae?). This one was walking around repeatedly putting out its long tongue like antennae.

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Tufted Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes parulus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 9, 2020 11:26 AM PST

Description

A fabulous bird with a tall crest of black feathers and a pale eye. It was scavenging among shrubs.

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Observer

wendy5

Date

January 13, 2020 01:55 PM PST

Description

A Great Blue Heron hunkering down in the 32 degree weather

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Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 14, 2019 02:09 PM PST

Description

This Merlin was our favorite bird on the Christmas Bird Count.

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Observer

wendy5

Date

November 4, 2019 11:57 AM PST

Description

About 20 Caprella alaskana (Alaskan Skeleton Shrimp), the largest 1" tall, entered the tank housing baby Pinto Abalone at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center with the sea water flushing through the tank. So I won't call them "captive." They look like little stick insects doing a dance. I've only seen these once before at the marina, and those were beige. Both times they have been in small groups.

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Golden Pholiota (Pholiota aurivella)

Observer

wendy5

Date

October 23, 2019 12:04 PM PDT

Description

I think this glutinous orange gilled mushroom may be Pholiota aurivella (Golden Pholiota). These and two others were growing on the end of an old log in the dark forest. The largest was about 2" diameter.

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Rounded Earthstar (Geastrum saccatum)

Observer

wendy5

Date

September 28, 2019 01:09 PM PDT

Description

Only the second Geastrum saccatum (Earthstar) I've ever seen, and in perfect condition this time

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Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

September 30, 2019 11:29 AM PDT

Description

This Harbor Seal swam right below us on the pier

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Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera)

Observer

wendy5

Date

September 19, 2019 10:03 AM PDT

Description

I was astounded by the holdfast of this Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp), about 2' diameter. This was the largest of three large holdfasts washed ashore. I don't know if it's a single holdfast or a tangle of several. @hfb?

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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 12:02 PM PDT

Description

I think this may be a juvenile Wood Duck?

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Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 9, 2019 10:28 AM PDT

Description

We were delighted by three Lewis's Woodpeckers who were catching insects, large ones, then returning to the same tree.

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Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 13, 2019 07:22 PM PDT

Description

A huge male Elephant Seal on Protection Island, photographed with a zoom lens from at least 200 meters.

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Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 13, 2019 07:34 PM PDT

Description

One (maybe two?) Tufted Puffin near Protection Island.

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Observer

wendy5

Date

July 14, 2019 10:38 AM PDT

Description

One of three 1/2" Haliclystus stejnegeri (Oval-anchored Stalked Jelly) photographed during the minus tide, each a different color.

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Rockhead (Bothragonus swanii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 5, 2019 10:30 AM PDT

Description

The phenomenal Bothragonus swanii (Rockhead), found by my friend in a tide pool during a minus tide, a first for us. Andy Lamb wonders about the purpose of the hole in its head.

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Northern Kelp Crab (Pugettia producta)

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 1, 2019 11:39 AM PDT

Description

This poor Pugettia producta (Northern Kelp Crab) was covered in kelp! I wonder if the kelp attached to the carapace before or after it molted?

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Northern Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla)

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 18, 2019 08:28 AM PDT

Description

Such amazing variety of coloration in the local Pseudacris regilla (Northern Pacific Treefrog).

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Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 3, 2019 02:12 PM PDT

Description

Pigeon Guillemots were calling to each other with their heads tilted back. A courting ritual?

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Grasswidow (Olsynium douglasii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

May 9, 2019 01:19 PM PDT

Description

Two huge meadows of Olsynium douglasii (Satin Flower), the first I'd ever seen!

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Fire-star Orchid (Epidendrum radicans)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 03:56 PM PST

Description

A beautiful wild orchid near Arenal Volcano. Our naturalist guide called it the Spanish Flag orchid.

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2019 02:22 PM PST

Description

This 2" long beetle is a pale greenish color with bumps, some larger than most.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 25, 2019 11:05 AM PST

Description

This area has abundant Brown Pelicans, many fishing close to shore, and others resting on trees on small islands.

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Painted Ghost Crab (Ocypode gaudichaudii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 24, 2019 03:20 PM PST

Description

I was excited to find my first Painted Ghost Crab. Its carapace was quite small, only about 1" across. The second photo shows what a large area it sprays with sand in digging its hole. I waited a long time for it to emerge from its hole. They are very shy around people.

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Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 24, 2019 07:35 AM PST

Description

This is the first agouti that has permitted a photo. He was foraging on our hotel grounds, and I followed him from a distance, listening to his gnawing. Very sweet profile and a tiny tail! The second photo shows how easily he walks downhill.

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Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 24, 2019 09:57 AM PST

Description

This Yellow-headed Caracara flew down to the beach for a quick snack. What a magnificent bird!

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Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 2019

Description

A few Squirrel Monkeys, including one juvenile, leapt about on trees beside our hotel room. Hard to say how many-- four maybe. A White-throated Capuchin Monkey came and chased them away.

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Observer

wendy5

Date

February 22, 2019 09:42 AM PST

Description

The White-throated Monkeys groomed each other intently, with very serious expressions.

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Lesson's Motmot (Momotus lessonii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 19, 2019 02:51 PM PST

Description

This incredibly beautiful Blue-crowned Motmot posed on a tree for me in perfect lighting, and my camera didn't work. Fortunately a few seconds later it worked and I got these photos showing its beautiful feathers and facial markings.

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Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus ssp. swainsonii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 2019

Description

This magnificent Chestnut-mandibled Toucan was one of a pair in a tree very close to our hotel.

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Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 02:43 PM PST

Description

This Collared Araçari was feeding on fruits/berries in a tree near the Arenal Volcano. My favorite bird.

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Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 08:50 AM PST

Description

Three adult Howler Monkeys and one baby rested and moved around a bit in the trees above the beach.

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Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 08:42 AM PST

Description

We were thrilled to finally find a Turquoise-browed Motmot, right above the beach.

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Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 18, 2019 01:58 PM PST

Description

My second Nine-banded Armadillo in two days. This one had more pink on its skin. It reacted exactly the same way as the one yesterday-- foraging happily while I photographed, and then seeing me, and running away, terrified.

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Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 2019

Place

Costa Rica (Google, OSM)

Description

I was thrilled to finally see three Resplendent Quetzals , a dream of mine for many years. This female was easier to photograph than the male.

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Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 2019

Place

Costa Rica (Google, OSM)

Description

I was thrilled to finally see three Resplendent Quetzals, a dream of mine for many years. This male was hidden below a hanging bridge. I leaned onto my back and hung my camera over the side in order to get a photo. The other juvenile male I saw flew past us with no photo.

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Yellow-throated Euphonia (Euphonia hirundinacea)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 18, 2019 10:07 AM PST

Description

Our first Yellow-crowned Euphonias, so spectacular. Poor bird has a hurt foot.

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White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 14, 2019 10:59 AM PST

Description

I was thrilled to see my first White-nosed Coati yesterday, and today there were about 20 roaming the grounds of our hotel, digging into the grass. The second photo shows the long claws.

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wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 04:12 PM PST

Description

I found one tide pool with about ten Dolabrifera dolabrifera, perfectly camouflaged.

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Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 07:14 AM PST

Description

The Broad-billed Motmot and the Rufous Motmot are similar, and we saw both.

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Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 2019

Description

About two dozen Spider Monkeys swung and foraged in the trees, including at least one mother with baby and a few juveniles.

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Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 02:38 PM PST

Description

This morning we saw a pair of Crested Guans in profile with dawn light in a forest. This afternoon across the fence from the hotel property, I heard, then saw a pair fly into an enormous tree and got to see more detail. Amazing birds!

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Ram's Horn Squid (Spirula spirula)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 7, 2019 10:04 AM PST

Description

This amazing little 1" shell appeared when we were cleaning trash from the beach!

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

January 22, 2019 02:46 PM PST

Description

This Hooded Merganser must have had something itchy on its skin, as it kept preening and flapping its wings.

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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 2018

Description

A pair of Humpback Whales swam between Marrowstone and Whidbey Islands.

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Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 5, 2018 01:08 AM PDT

Description

We felt incredibly lucky to see one Sciurus vulgaris (Eurasian Red Squirrel) in Grasmere, downtown in the early morning.

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White-lined Dirona (Dirona albolineata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 9, 2018 09:32 AM PDT

Description

We spotted three Dirona albolineata (Frosted Nudibranch) today, bringing my total for the summer to about 25, many more than other summers.

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Pacific Sea Gooseberry (Pleurobrachia bachei)

Observer

wendy5

Date

April 14, 2018 01:00 PM PDT

Description

I hope this is Pleurobrachia bachei (Sea Gooseberry), as it would be the first I've found! It was only about 1/2" across, like a clear marble.

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

April 8, 2018 12:35 PM PDT

Description

This is one of four Bald Eagles I saw today, tearing apart a dead bird with a long leg, perhaps a cormorant? I was on the beach and it was on top of a post in the water.

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Flattened Acid Kelp (Desmarestia ligulata)

Observer

wendy5

Date

April 5, 2018 02:43 PM PDT

Description

Here's the first Desmarestia ligulata (Broad Acid Weed) I've seen this year, just a few inches long now, and before long it will be many yards long!

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Pile Worm (Nereis vexillosa)

Observer

wendy5

Date

April 3, 2018 01:25 PM PDT

Description

I think this is the most beautiful marine worm I've seen yet! Its tail end was encased in muddy sand, and it measured maybe about 9" long. Details of its paddles and head, shown with my macro lens, are amazing, as is its iridescence.

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Martinete Común (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Observer

wendy5

Date

March 26, 2018 10:47 AM PDT

Description

About a dozen Black-crowned Night Herons perched and/or slept in the cattails and trees

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Red-eye Medusa (Polyorchis penicillatus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

March 27, 2018 10:06 AM PDT

Description

This 1" diameter jelly had 3" bright red triangular dots at the base of its very round bell. Multiple tentacles streamed behind it, about 5" long.

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Branched Dendronotus (Dendronotus venustus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

March 27, 2018 09:55 AM PDT

Description

This 1" long nudibranch was crawling along seaweed beside the dock. It had large rhinophores and many spiky cerata. Its body was white with tiny brown speckles, and it seemed covered in gold glitter.

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American Coot (Fulica americana)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 19, 2018 12:44 PM PST

Description

There were about 15 American Coots on this bitterly cold day. The smaller lagoon at Kah Tai was mostly frozen, and the birds all huddled together out of the wind in one small unfrozen part. Only a few Buffleheads stayed in the large lagoon.

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Oriental Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

Observer

wendy5

Date

January 31, 2018 10:33 PM PST

Description

Another cute Changeable Lizard

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White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 01:30 AM PST

Description

Another beautiful White-throated Kingfisher

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Indochinese Roller (Coracias affinis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 5, 2018 12:32 AM PST

Description

This large brown and turquoise bird perched on a wire. It was the only one like this I saw, and can't find it in my field guide!

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Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus ssp. malayanus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 7, 2018 09:01 PM PST

Description

This beautiful butterfly was feeding on a zinnia in a small garden on An Binh island.

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Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 02:02 AM PST

Description

This gorgeous woodpecker flew into a tree by the path, pecked at the trunk, and repeatedly groomed itself. A Laced Woodpecker?

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Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis)

Observer

wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 12:54 AM PST

Description

This large and unusual bird with a pale curved beak, a red patch around its eye, and a very long black and white tail flew into a tree by the bike path and stayed just long enough for me to snap two photos.

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Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 2017

Description

We saw about a dozen Marbled Murrelets today, and this was closest, very close to the pier, where I'd never seen one before.

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Northern Feather Duster Worm (Eudistylia vancouveri)

Observer

wendy5

Date

December 11, 2017 02:19 PM PST

Description

Several Eudistylia vancouveri (Northern Feather duster worm) hang off the dock at this marina

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Columbian Lewisia (Lewisia columbiana)

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 6, 2017 12:46 PM PDT

Description

Lewisia columbiana (Columbia Lewisia) was abundant at about 5000' and absolutely gorgeous!

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Observer

wendy5

Date

June 13, 2017 01:16 PM PDT

Description

This 3/4" Haliclystus stejnegeri (Oval-anchored Stalked Jelly) was feeding in this photo. It is yellower than most I've seen.

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Stalked Kelp (Pterygophora californica)

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 18, 2017 03:10 PM PST

Description

The holdfasts on this Pterygophora californica (Old Growth Kelp) were beautiful!