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Old Sep 20, 2018, 11:48 PM   #1
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This is a phainopepla, a bird native to the region around the US-Mexico border, that almost never gets north of southern California and Arizona. It's been hanging out in northwestern Washington for a couple of days... this is only the second recorded instance of this bird in Washington, the last being a visual-only (i.e. no photos) record from 1994.



With a Steller's jay for size comparison...
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Old Sep 22, 2018, 4:23 PM   #2
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G'day mate

If I didn't know better i'd have to rename your posts as from 'the magician' for the number of times you pull another bird out of the nest [can't be the hat all the time]

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LOL! Thanks, Phil! There seem to be more of these rare vagrants showing up here in the Pacific NW the last couple of years... not sure why. Several theories. But I'm enjoying getting to see and photograph birds that never normally appear here!
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