West Seattle Blog... » Wildlife http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 26 May 2015 04:19:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle coyotes: Cat grabbed during the daytime http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-coyotes-cat-grabbed-during-the-daytime/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-coyotes-cat-grabbed-during-the-daytime/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:02:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311124 In our seven-plus years of reporting on West Seattle coyotes, we’ve heard people often mention they bring outdoor cats inside at night, in hopes of avoiding coyote encounters. This report from Jaime is a reminder that coyotes roam in the daytime too:

I thought I should report this to the blog, even if not sure of proper procedure.

My neighbor reported to me that just last week after hearing a commotion outside his porch, opened his front door to find a young coyote who had the family cat in his mouth. He immediately yelled and tried to scare the coyote away, which did cause the coyote to drop the cat. But the cat was badly injured and subsequently died.

This was in the middle of the daytime at 50th and Hudson. My neighbor believed that the coyote had entered from the alley into their fenced front yard and grabbed the cat, who was sunning himself on their porch.

Biologists who have analyzed coyotes’ diets say this is only a small part of what they eat – more commonly, they consume rats and mice, among other things you can see listed here – but nonetheless, it can be a risk if your pet is outside, unattended, so we publish this as a neighbor-to-neighbors alert. (A wildlife agent was blunt about it in this report we published two years ago.)

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-coyotes-cat-grabbed-during-the-daytime/feed/ 12
Two weeks from today: ‘Flipper Fest’ at Alki Bathhouse http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/two-weeks-from-today-flipper-fest-at-alki-bathhouse/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/two-weeks-from-today-flipper-fest-at-alki-bathhouse/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 02:02:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310713 Just last night, a humpback whale surprised some lucky onlookers along the West Seattle shore. No photos, but we did get one when orcas made a similarly unexpected pass-by in the Wednesday mist. Just two reminders that marine mammals are all around us – and you can do a lot to help them survive their travels through these busy, also-much-used-by-humans waters. That’s the theme of a new event coming up two weeks from today, as announced by Seal Sitters, which is presenting it along with more than a dozen other organizations/groups:

Did you know that a record number of humpback and gray whales – at least 30 – were entangled in fishing gear, mostly for crabbing, in 2014?

Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network will host “Flipper Fest,” a free educational outreach event, on Sunday, May 31st, at the Alki Bathhouse (2701 Alki Ave SW) from 1-5 pm. Make sure to stop by and learn from the experts about the marine mammals of Washington – from tiny harbor-seal pups to giant humpback whales.

The event will feature 15 organizations with interactive exhibits on pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), and invertebrates (sea stars, sea snails, etc). Meet the biologists, researchers, educators, and volunteers who protect marine life.

Importantly, there will be displays on the devastating effects of marine debris and pollution in our waters. Did you know that a record number of humpback and gray whales – at least 30 – were entangled in fishing gear, mostly for crabbing, in 2014? Already, in 2015, we are on a tragic record-setting pace. As of April, at least 25 entanglements had been reported off California alone. The line securing crab traps to buoys cuts deep through a whale’s blubber, causing serious injury or death.

At Flipper Fest, you’ll learn how to secure your crab pot to lessen drifting, derelict pots that endanger whales and often entrap and kill other sea life. It’s just one of the many ways we can keep our waters safer for those who call Puget Sound home. Visit the “Marine Debris and Pollution” exhibits at Flipper Fest to find out how you can help. At the “Cetacean Station” exhibits, you can talk to Cascadia Research about their first-hand, dangerous – and, often, lifesaving – whale disentanglements over the past years. For a photo, go to our blubberblog post.

You’ll find out why you need to be extra careful exploring the beach rocks at low tide, so you don’t destroy habitat for invertebrates like hermit crabs – or accidentally scrunch them or their young. Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists will be at the event all afternoon to answer your questions about this fascinating miniature world. You’ll leave knowing why it’s never a good idea to pick up or relocate these extraordinary critters.

Local businesses have donated some fantastic raffle prizes – everything from food to kayaking to area attractions. Whale-sized thanks to these businesses for their generosity! Tickets are $1 and will benefit Seal Sitters’ educational outreach and marine mammal stranding work. Drawings will be held at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 (you need not be present to win). There will be a special free drawing for kids attending Flipper Fest, with a chance to win a “Share the Shore” t-shirt, seal boogie board or ocean backpack.

Kids will enjoy lots of art activities, including the creation of marine-themed artwork from plastic bottle caps collected by our volunteers. There will be a face painter and, weather permitting, a life-size inflatable orca on site.

We hope to see you and your friends there! Not only is there a lot to learn, we predict you’ll have some fun doing so and leave “Flipper Fest” empowered with ways you, too, can help protect marine life.

For more information, including a complete listing of participants, raffle prizes and weekly features on the upcoming event, visit Seal Sitters’ blubberblog.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/two-weeks-from-today-flipper-fest-at-alki-bathhouse/feed/ 0
West Seattle scene: Orcas passing our shores in the mist http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-orcas-passing-our-shores-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-orcas-passing-our-shores-again/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 20:52:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310220

A little murky for whale-watching today but Bob Bollen happened to catch these two passing Alki Point, northbound, this morning, and shared the photo. No word of any in this area currently but the Orca Network FB page mentions current sightings off Whidbey Island.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-orcas-passing-our-shores-again/feed/ 4
West Seattle wildlife: Harbor Avenue gosling update http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-wildlife-harbor-avenue-gosling-update/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-wildlife-harbor-avenue-gosling-update/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 17:53:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309840

Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo and update:

The goslings along Harbor Ave are growing up fast and are almost a month old now. One of the original three disappeared a few days ago but they were joined by a family with 5 others late last month. Looks like that will probably be all for this year.

David also shared a photo here in April (there, you’ll also see links to his lovely gosling photos from previous years).

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-wildlife-harbor-avenue-gosling-update/feed/ 0
The Whale Trail’s next ‘Orca Talk’ is something you otter know… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/the-whale-trails-next-orca-talk-is-something-you-otter-know/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/the-whale-trails-next-orca-talk-is-something-you-otter-know/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:29:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307737

(WSB photo, July 2012)
The Whale Trail‘s next “Orca Talk” in West Seattle is NOT about orcas – it’s about the “Natural History of River Otters and Sea Otters,” a topic that has again stirred much curiosity because of the sightings of Puget Sound-frequenting river otters (like “Otto“!), especially along Alki. Find out about the differences between the two and a whole lot more – where do they live, what do they eat, what’s their population situation, what role do we play in their environment? – when TWT hosts Leo Shaw at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) on April 30th, one week from Thursday. Doors open 6:15 pm, presentation at 7 pm, space is limited so it’s a great idea to get your ticket(s) ASAP – kids are free, by the way – just go here.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/the-whale-trails-next-orca-talk-is-something-you-otter-know/feed/ 1
VIDEO: Orcas in the area again, caught on video by Vashon Island http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-orcas-in-the-area-again-caught-on-video-by-vashon-island/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-orcas-in-the-area-again-caught-on-video-by-vashon-island/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:30:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307507

Thanks to Lindsay for sharing the video – without much notice, two killer whales headed south along Vashon Island shores earlier today, around 1 pm. She says the sighting was a surprise, while she was giving a tour of the area to two friends visiting from Colorado. Also, a texter told us of a sighting near Brown’s Point in Tacoma, so if you’re by the water, keep watch – they’ll have to come back this way sooner or later.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-orcas-in-the-area-again-caught-on-video-by-vashon-island/feed/ 0
West Seattle wildlife: It’s ‘watch out for goslings’ season http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-wildlife-its-watch-out-for-goslings-season/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-wildlife-its-watch-out-for-goslings-season/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:42:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307466

Headed for the water? The baby Canada Goose photo and reminder are from David Hutchinson:

Three goslings were hatched recently on the pilings north of Salty’s. A couple years ago, their father was taken to PAWS by Seal Sitters. He had been attacked by a dog and suffered a severe bite while trying to protect his goslings near the Don Armeni boat ramp.

It would be thoughtful if you come across them while walking your dog (which is hopefully on a leash) to keep at a distance. If approached, they will panic and try to scramble over the rocks to escape to the water. Often, the small goslings will fall into the crevices and become trapped. People have been pretty considerate in the past while driving on Harbor Ave by stopping and allowing them to cross the road – the grass is always greener on the other side.

This is the eighth year David has shared at least one gosling photo via WSB. From the archives:

*2014
*First 2013 photo
*First 2012 photo
*First 2011 photo
*First 2010 photo
*First 2009 photo
*2008

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-wildlife-its-watch-out-for-goslings-season/feed/ 0
West Seattle Whale Watch: Return of the orcas! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-whale-watch-orcas-between-fauntleroy-and-vashon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-whale-watch-orcas-between-fauntleroy-and-vashon/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:46:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307117 10:46 AM: According to a text tipster and the Orca Network Facebook page, you just might see orcas between Fauntleroy and Vashon right now – heading slowly southbound, according to observers, but at some point they might turn around, so this is your official heads-up that they’re in the area. Please comment if you see them! (And we ALWAYS appreciate texted tips about so many things – 206-293-6302, any time of the day/night.)

12:24 PM: We didn’t have any luck right around 11 from the Brace Point area – but two commenters have been watching more recently – thanks for the updates!

ADDED 7:44 AM: Some video from Wednesday, posted to YouTube and credited to Alisa Lemire Brooks/Orca Network, identifying these orcas as transients, not residents.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-whale-watch-orcas-between-fauntleroy-and-vashon/feed/ 7
West Seattle coyotes: Gatewood, Puget Ridge sightings http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-coyotes-gatewood-puget-ridge-sightings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-coyotes-gatewood-puget-ridge-sightings/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:56:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307051

GATEWOOD REPORT #1: Mickey shared photos of coyote sightings this week in the Orchard Street Ravine (map) area, including the one above.

GATEWOOD REPORT #2: Not far from there, at 36th/Myrtle (map), Eugene reports: “3 pm today. Walking up Myrtle street in broad daylight. Maybe it’s not news anymore. But it looked like a chupacabra with fur so I thought I’d mention it.”

PUGET RIDGE: Forwarded from a neighborhood list, a sighting at midmorning today near 21st/Dawson (map).

REMINDER: The best thing you can do if/when you see a coyote is, scare it away – “hazing,” as wildlife advocates put it, explained here. (WSB coyote coverage is archived here.)

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-coyotes-gatewood-puget-ridge-sightings/feed/ 15
Congratulations! Emmy nominations for sea-star photography by ‘Diver Laura’ James http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/congratulations-emmy-nominations-for-sea-star-photography-by-diver-laura-james/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/congratulations-emmy-nominations-for-sea-star-photography-by-diver-laura-james/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:57:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306920

Congratulations to frequent WSB contributor “Diver Laura” James and her colleagues on that 2014 KCTS report about the sea-star die-off – they’ve been nominated for the Pacific Northwest Emmy Awards. That’s one of two nominations for Laura – her underwater photography of the sea-star situation also is part of another Emmy-nominated KCTS report, “Is Alaska Safe for Starfish?” Last year, she won one for another public-TV project, about sea otters and climate change. The full list of this year’s regional Emmy Award nominations is here; the winners will be announced in June.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/congratulations-emmy-nominations-for-sea-star-photography-by-diver-laura-james/feed/ 7
West Seattle wildlife: Bobcat sighting reported http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-wildlife-bobcat-sighting-reported/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-wildlife-bobcat-sighting-reported/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:47:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305868 Just received this from Tarah. It’s the second time in the past month or so we’ve heard about a possible bobcat – anyone else?

Hey, just wanted people to have a heads-up…I saw a bobcat in the parking lot of
Youngstown (Cultural Arts) center on Delridge. It ran off into the woods neighboring the lot. Just want people in that area to be forewarned so they can keep their animals safe.

The other possible sighting mentioned to us was three weeks ago, early morning, 59th/Alki. Here’s what the state Fish and Wildlife Department says about bobcats.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-wildlife-bobcat-sighting-reported/feed/ 11
West Seattle wildlife: Sisters rescue injured owl http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-wildlife-sisters-rescue-injured-owl/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-wildlife-sisters-rescue-injured-owl/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:32:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305711

2:32 PM: The photo and story are from Pete:

My daughters, Sadie and Madeline, found an injured owl under a bush. (They thought it was fake because it didn’t move.) We called animal control and they sent an officer to pick it up and take it to the hospital.

You can see from the picture that it is very small – about the size of a hand. But the agent told us the owl is a full-grown adult “Burrow Owl.”

The owl went to PAWS wildlife rehabilitation in Lynnwood, and the agent stated it looked like it will fully recover.

We don’t know exactly where in West Seattle the owl was found, and Pete hasn’t replied to our followup yet, but we did look up some information you might find useful – the PAWS infosheet on what to do if you find an injured bird – see it here. We’re also checking on the type of owl, as online info says “burrowing owls” are only found east of the mountains in our state.

6:43 PM: Pete has replied and tells us his daughters found the owl near College Street Ravine (in Admiral). Meantime, commenters have identified it as a northern saw-whet owl.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-wildlife-sisters-rescue-injured-owl/feed/ 26
Puget Sound’s orcas welcome fourth calf in three months http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/puget-sounds-orcas-welcome-fourth-calf-in-three-months/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/puget-sounds-orcas-welcome-fourth-calf-in-three-months/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:39:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305686

(Photo by naturalist/researcher Jeanne Hyde, Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching)
Word started getting around last night that Puget Sound’s orcas, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, have another new baby – and researchers have confirmed that this is the fourth calf spotted in three months. Three of them, including this one, were born to J Pod. The first report came from the Pacific Whale Watch Association; one of its members, Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching, spotted the baby off Galiano Island, British Columbia, on Monday. This means the SRKWs – J Pod, K Pod, L Pod – are up to 81 orcas in the wild (and the 82nd, Tokitae/Lolita, in captivity in Florida). The newest baby is J52; it’s been exactly three months since J50 was spotted, followed by J51 in mid-February, and then the L Pod baby two weeks later.

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/puget-sounds-orcas-welcome-fourth-calf-in-three-months/feed/ 7
VIDEO: The Whale Trail’s first Orca Talk of 2015, with researcher Brad Hanson http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/video-the-whale-trails-first-orca-talk-of-2015-with-researcher-brad-hanson/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/video-the-whale-trails-first-orca-talk-of-2015-with-researcher-brad-hanson/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:34:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305359

The Whale Trail‘s first Orca Talk of 2015 drew a good-sized crowd to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) on Thursday night – but in case you couldn’t be there to hear Brad Hanson from the NOAA Fisheries Science Center talk about the Southern Resident Killer Whales and his recent research trip – which included the discovery of the newest SRKW orca calf – we recorded it on video. Two parts – above (with TWT’s Donna Sandstrom introducing Hanson) and below.

Watch TWT’s website for word of the next event!

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/video-the-whale-trails-first-orca-talk-of-2015-with-researcher-brad-hanson/feed/ 2
West Seattle whale-watching: Orcas in the area http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-in-the-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-in-the-area/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:13:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305069 Thanks to Norman for the tip via Twitter, and we see the Orca Network Facebook commenters are discussing it too: Orcas turned up along the Bainbridge ferry route earlier this morning and have now been seen heading south along West Seattle (Me-Kwa-Mooks, says Norman) – let us know if you see them!

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-in-the-area/feed/ 1