Illahee 12/27/14 Illahee Photos, Merlin Hawk, Ducks, Cormorants, Illahee Preserve Trail Maps, Timbers Edge Gifts

Illahee Photos.  Some recent colorful photos looking toward Mount Rainer.

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Merlin Hawk.  We found this hawk on a neighbor’s sidewalk with a cat over it.  It is a Merlin, and was previously called a Sparrow Hawk.  It has been seen at bird feeders, but didn’t stay long enough to get photographed.  
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Ducks.  This past Friday a flock of puddle ducks was hanging out with a group of diving ducks, evidently feeding on something the diving ducks were pushing up to the surface.  A similar situation occurs when cormorants push a ball of herring to the surface and the seagulls have a feast.  This is the first time we’ve seen such an occurrence with American Wigeon.
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Cormorants.  When one of the local floats blew away the cormorants had to move to other floats and they also ended up at the Illahee community dock.
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Illahee Preserve Trail Maps.  In the past week or so new Illahee Preserve trail maps showed up.  We will see if we can get better copies for a future update.
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Timbers Edge Gifts.  Contributions to the Timbers Edge purchase fund have started to come in.  The property owner has committed $500,000 toward the purchase, and three others have committed $10,000 each.  This past week the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) treasurer reported that two $1,000 gifts were sent in as a result of the last update that was sent out.  Fliers were being distributed this weekend east of the TE development, and along Illahee Road where a forced main sewer line would go.  The plan was to get a bunch of fliers distributed before the end of the year in case people wanted to make a contribution in 2014 for tax purposes.  If anyone would like fliers let us know and we will have them delivered to you.  Just send us an email or call 479-1049.
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Jim Aho