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June 2019

American Coot Feeding Chicks

It floats like a duck, but the American Coot isn't a duck -- it's a member of the rail family. At the beginning of the breeding season, coots build floating platforms in dense aquatic vegetation -- as many as seven, before the female selects the perfect location for her 8 to 12 eggs. Chicks leave... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography

Great Blue Heron nest - it's getting crowded!

This Great Blue Heron nest is bursting with life! Gregg Thompson took these wonderful photos at a heron colony in Everett, Washington.###All photos are © Gregg Thompson and may not be used without permission. read more »

Topics & Themes:  nesting, photography

Western Sandpiper with Worm

A Western Sandpiper stops on the Washington Coast on a late April morning, and refuels on polychaetes, a type of marine worm, before continuing its migration to the Arctic Circle. Photographer Gregg Thompson noted that the sandpiper had to stand w-a-a-a-y on its tiptoes to pull the long worms out... read more »

Fighting Western Sandpipers

On the Washington Coast early one May, photographer Gregg Thompson witnessed a couple of Western Sandpipers fighting, well away from their Arctic breeding grounds. Western Sandpipers are aggressively territorial, more so than any of the dozen species of related shorebirds that also breed in... read more »