The Bird Lady of Beach Drive

It’s nice to have this tiny nook on the Web to ramble about memories as well as what’s happening now. That said — our jaunt to Alki yesterday reminded me that I still don’t know the fate of The Bird Lady of Beach Drive. She lived in a white bungalow across from the open waterfront at Emma Schmitz Viewpoint, an older lady with wild long salt-and-pepper hair and glasses. Many mornings, you’d see her out on the grassy streetside waterfront bank across from her house, throwing food at seagulls and ranting loudly at the world as her hair danced in the breeze like a kite. More than once, I saw her at West Seattle Thriftway, continuing her semi-high-volume muttering while shopping.

In the past few years, I hadn’t seen her, but her old mini-station-wagon-type car was still parked next to her house, so I suspected she was still in there somewhere.

Then some months back — the “FOR SALE” sign went up, and the station wagon was nowhere in sight. Yesterday, in fact, as we passed the cottage, an open house was under way, and that reminded me I still didn’t know the fate of The Bird Lady of Beach Drive — dead? living with a caretaker? institutionalized? Certainly a memorable WS character, and those are in shorter supply these days.

2 Replies to "The Bird Lady of Beach Drive"

  • Kathleen April 15, 2006 (10:40 pm)

    The “bird lady” was Mrs Lick. She died last year, I believe. I grew up down the street from her. She didn’t start ranting until later in life, but was always friendly to the neighbor kids. Interesting that you call her the bird lady, the original bird lady was Mrs Beauchamp, who lived next door. Mrs Lick must have assumed the responsibilities after Mrs Beauchamp passed on. Both very nice women.

  • Kathleen April 22, 2006 (8:39 am)

    Mr Lick was an interesting fellow, too. He use to go around with a coffee can and scoop up the dog poo out of the park. This was before the poopy pick up law was enacted.

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