West Seattle wildlife: First Canada goslings of the season

Shared by Alki photographer David Hutchinson, who has also tracked local Canada goose families in seasons past, two photos and this report:

Spring seems to have arrived despite the cool weather. The first Harbor Avenue Canada Goose goslings have shown up right on schedule. If they manage to survive the bald eagles, off-leash dogs, and thoughtless humans, they should be making their first flight in about 2 1/2 months. Please keep an eye out for them as you drive along Harbor Ave as the grass always looks greener on the other side.

18 Replies to "West Seattle wildlife: First Canada goslings of the season"

  • MMB April 3, 2011 (12:10 pm)

    The quality of the photographs that are showcased in the WSB never ceases to amaze me. I especially like the wildlife-focused ones. These are fantastic pictures! Could spring actually be springing, at long last?

    • WSB April 3, 2011 (12:47 pm)

      MMB – we are truly blessed to have contributions from so many talented photographers, both those who handle WSB coverage assignments and those who contribute from the community because they want to share their work with the tens of thousands who come here regularly. David Hutchinson has been sharing wonderful images here for a few years and every time something from him arrives in the inbox, it’s like opening a Christmas present – I can hardly wait to see what it is! – TR

  • Genesee Hill April 3, 2011 (12:16 pm)

    Pretty darn cool!

  • Kayleigh April 3, 2011 (12:37 pm)

    Adorable; thank you!

  • visitor April 3, 2011 (1:02 pm)

    gorgeous photo, David Hutchinson! thank you.

  • neighbor lady April 3, 2011 (1:14 pm)

    I’d like to echo MMB’s comments–LOVE the nature photography folks so generously share with the WSB. Truly quality work. Often makes me pause and appreciate again the beautiful area in which we live and I’m thankful for their attentive eyes. It’s something that sets WSB apart. Thanks to all who contribute.

  • geese April 3, 2011 (2:28 pm)

    That is just beautiful!! Love it!!!

  • Kate April 3, 2011 (2:32 pm)

    What a beautiful photo. Thank you!

  • Diane Venti April 3, 2011 (3:21 pm)

    Best photo ever! Love the Mom and Baby! Thanks for sharing!-Diane V

  • sam-c April 3, 2011 (3:28 pm)

    that photo IS amazing- a big thank you to every-one who shares their talents with their community. photographers, WSB, volunteers, etc. etc. etc. the list could go on as there are so many around (it seems) who share…

  • kate April 3, 2011 (3:42 pm)

    Those photos literally made me tear up! I love Canada Geese….

  • Westbird April 3, 2011 (3:42 pm)

    So cute!

  • Joe April 3, 2011 (8:36 pm)

    thoughtless humans? No those things pollute the water and destroy public parks. They need to be eradicated!

  • Darkseid April 3, 2011 (9:11 pm)

    I had no idea that geese were responsible for all the cigarette butts, fast food debris, and beer cans strewn about the parking lots, grass, and in the water at local parks!?! Thanks for the tip, Joe. To think, humans were being blamed for dirtying public areas. Wow.

  • gayle April 3, 2011 (9:31 pm)

    Amazing photos! Thank you!!! :)

  • Live Here; Learn Here April 4, 2011 (5:19 pm)

    David. That is an incredible photo. WOW :)

  • Courtney Searls-Ridge April 7, 2011 (8:56 am)

    I can’t locate this David Hutchinson on the web and I would like to buy a print of this beautiful photo. Please let me know how I can find him. Thanks.

    • WSB April 7, 2011 (8:59 am)

      Courtney – you should be able to reach him through the Alki Community Council, with which he serves on the committee that manages brick sales to raise maintenance money for Statue of Liberty Plaza, among other things – http://www.alkinews.com

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