Author Archives: Marc Hoffman

Spring Bounces Back

Here in the Pacific Northwest U.S., seasons are the topic of many jokes. I’ve witnessed over 25 Northwest Springs. Warm sunny weather is so unreliable here that all I can say is “Spring is here…can Winter be far behind?” All cynicism aside, my neighbors and I have been loving the interludes of heavenly weather. Share

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Encounter with an Eagle

It’s always exciting to find a Bald Eagle, but even more engaging to see one intently observing YOU. Last week, I found this lovely raptor roosting high in a Cottonwood tree along the shore of Lake Sammamish. We have eagles here year-round, but their numbers increase as the weather warms up. I have counted up […]

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Springtime Intensity

Spring has finally arrived. In the Pacific Northwest, this means at least one warm sunny day, plus who knows how many chilly overcast days. Today the weather was warm enough to venture out for photos of a female Red-shafted Flicker we saw from our car yesterday. She had been excavating a nesting cavity in a […]

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A Banded Cooper’s Hawk

Yesterday I visited Magnuson Park in North Seattle. I’ve developed a pretty good eye for noticing raptors in trees, and as I drove around a corner my attention was immediately drawn to a hawk perched ten feet up a tree. Around here, hawks are either accipiters, which have a thin body, or buteos, which are […]

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Hundreds of Cormorants

Last week, a bridge closure necessitated a drive around the north end of Lake Washington. There I discovered over 200 Double-crested Cormorants roosting in trees along the shore. I returned the next afternoon to take photos of them roosting and flying. Double-crested Cormorants are common in most of North America, where they live, breed, and […]

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A Trip to See Snowy Owls

Last week I took 2 days and drove to Boundary Bay in British Columbia, Canada, to see an unusual sight: over 20 Snowy Owls that had journeyed from their Arctic home for a winter respite. Harry Potter fans will recognize them as the same species as Hedwig, Harry’s pet owl and mail courier. Although Snowies […]

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Open-House this Saturday, Feb. 11th!’s February Photo Exhibit in Ballard: “Encounter and Discernment”  Join me Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the Great Harvest Bread Company, 2218 NW Market St., Ballard, at an open house for my debut photo exhibit! I look forward to meeting you and chatting over complimentary wine and snacks. At 8:45 there’ll be a […]

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A Rare Bird Sighting: Barrow’s Goldeneye

Yesterday afternoon, with just an hour or two of daylight left, I headed to the Montlake Fill to look for the Barrow’s Goldeneye that Fill-expert Connie Sidles had reported. According to her, this bird has been sighted at the Fill only five times in 117 years (it generally winters along rocky coasts). I asked the […]

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A Day Off

I spent yesterday hanging photos for my February exhibit at Great Harvest Bread Co. in Ballard. I’d designed the installation, framed 14 photos, and then hung them all—a week-long affair ending with a very long day. And so I took some rejuvination time today to kayak around the Union Bay Natural Area Share

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Lunch-Box Birds

I want to call them “lunch-box” birds: those birds I see from my car while parked on some shrubby parking strip eating my lunch. Yesterday I saw several at Marymoor Park, where I drove to sit and enjoy a take-out pint of curry soup. Entering the dirt parking lot, I noticed a small flock of […]

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