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Identifying species with similar traits

Identifying a species of bird is usually based on color patterns, size and its movements, but occasionally it becomes more complex and can lead to dead ends. Sometimes actions overlap and size doesn’t help. I’ve spent some time hiking the dike...

 

Orchid wasps, grasshoppers, Vaux's swifts and honey bees

There was some interesting action on the dike path at Hayton Farms Game Range at summer's end. The large territorial grasshoppers have been digging holes to lay eggs in the top gravel. This has drawn...

 

Deception Pass Christmas bird count 2021

I saved a seat next to me in my car so you could go with me to the Audubon Christmas bird count in the Skagit and Island County area., figuratively speaking. This is our contribution to the national...

 
 By Bob Hamblin    News    October 13, 2021

Low bird and animal counts at Wylie a result of dry summer

I am back at the Wylie Game Range, where I take regular walks for exercise as well as to assess the changing environment. Each time there are different animal participants. In mid-September I was...

 
 By Bob Hamblin    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Ecological niches and their importance everywhere

I have a science background and love to compare environmental systems. Some systems may mirror others to some extent but many have unique relationships. Some people have a handle on what are called key species or perhaps apex predators. These...

 

RV camping: The new twilight zone

I received positive feedback from readers from recounting a Texas trip, including jail time, while doing bird photography. The state of Texas has proved to be interesting RV-wise, too. On US Hwy 10 in west Texas going east you could almost go to...

 

A bird’s eye view of habitat and migration

Birds migrating in the fall may go as far south as Mexico or even South America. They may start as early as August or as late as November. Southerly migration may be slower because more food is available in northern reaches. Some species take two to...

 
 By Bob Hamblin    Community    July 29, 2020

Bird migration diversity throughout the year

Some species migrate south in late summer and fall. On a clear or partly cloudy night about a half an hour to an hour after sunset the Swanson’s thrush, a local nesting bird, will take flight going south. It will reach a height of up to 500 feet...

 

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