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Red-breasted Sapsucker Creates Sapwells

Have you ever noticed trees with many small holes drilled in the bark, often in neat rows? These are most likely the work of a sapsucker, a type of woodpecker, and the holes are known as sapwells.  After the initial drilling, the sapsucker regularly revisits the tree to lick up sap from... read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Belted Kingfisher Catches a Tidepool Sculpin

Photographer Gregg Thompson shares these photos of a Belted Kingfisher at the Edmonds Marina in Washington State. Having caught a tidepool sculpin, the kingfisher shows its nimble moves for getting this meal down the hatch!Note the nictitating membrane covering the Belted Kingfisher's eye in this... read more »

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Green Heron Gulp

Gregg Thompson captured a series of images of this Green Heron fishing in an urban marsh. The Green Heron is widely distributed in wetlands throughout North America--primarily the eastern half of the United States and the Pacific Coast--as well as Central America and the Caribbean. Most... read more »

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A Great Blue Heron Goes Fishing

Photographer Gregg Thompson captured a quick succession of images of a Great Blue Heron striking - and then swallowing - an unlucky fish. Herons have modified vertebrae, which allow them to hold their necks in an "S" shape and recoil quickly to capture fast-moving prey. Besides fish, a Great Blue... read more »

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Great Blue Heron Catches a FROG!

Mike Hamilton captured a sequence of images of a Great Blue Heron catching and eating - GULP - a large bullfrog! Herons stalk a wide variety of prey, from fish and insects to small mammals, reptiles, amphibians - and even birds. ###Listen to BirdNote shows about Great Blue HeronsThe Heron... read more »

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Gyrfalcon in Flight

Gyrfalcons - the largest falcons in the world - are amazingly powerful hunters. Body design and muscle allow these athletic birds to soar, stall and stoop with speeds up to 130 mph. They dine mostly on birds but will grab mammals for a meal - squirrels, lemmings, even a rabbit. On a lucky day,... read more »

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Horned Grebe Catches a Bay Pipefish

Photographer Gregg Thompson watched a Horned Grebe catch — and eat — a bay pipefish at the Edmonds Marina on Puget Sound in Washington State.Wondering how this bird got the descriptor "Horned"? Check out its breeding plumage!Gregg writes: "Bay pipefish are family relatives of seahorses. The males... read more »

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Harlequin Ducks at Alki Beach

Photographer Gregg Thompson encountered these handsome male Harlequin Ducks at Alki Beach in Seattle, Washington.Could Gregg have been spotted?Putting the "histrionic" in Histrionicus histrionicus:Check out this BirdNote show about Harlequin Ducks:The Hardy Harlequin###All photos © Gregg Thompson... read more »

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