Wild signs of fall

Those colors on Harbor Ave keep brightening …


The migratory waterfowl are returning; here are scoters spotted off the Fauntleroy ferry dock, first swimming toward the ferry, then ducking when its engines revved…


Also from the dock (and from a distance), a loon!


8 Replies to "Wild signs of fall"

  • Christopher Boffoli October 5, 2007 (7:48 am)

    OMG! Seattle has loons?!

  • Moonbat October 5, 2007 (8:17 am)

    LOL Christopher. We have a variety–some come in blue and some come in red.

  • Christopher Boffoli October 5, 2007 (10:47 am)

    I’ve only lived in Seattle for three years so please excuse my newbieness. The only other place I had ever seen loons was in New Hampshire. But it is getting to the point that I should just assume that the Pacific Northwest has everything because this place clearly is a wonderland of flora and fauna: giraffes? Oh sure. They roam free in Discovery Park. Plesiosaurs? Of course. Out in Elliott Bay. But only on the Kitsap Peninsula side.

  • WSB October 5, 2007 (10:54 am)

    Actually they’re not so common. The only other place we have seen one is off the north (unpaved trail) side of Lincoln Park, and that’s been a couple years. One big bird we would dearly love to see soaring over West Seattle waters someday is the brown pelican … they are plentiful as far north as the Western Washington ocean beaches much of the year, but they just don’t show up this far inland.

  • JumboJim October 5, 2007 (11:08 am)

    Clearly WSB knows its birds. They are right about Brown Pelicans, but they do occasionally show up in the sound – but rarely. Two were seen off Discovery park recently. They are more common in an El Nino year.

    Common Loons are a rare breeder on Washington’s mountain lakes. There are three species commonly wintering in the sound – mostly to the north though. One Common Loon spent the whole winter off of Lincoln Park and it appears it (or another) may be back now.

  • Jo October 5, 2007 (11:26 am)

    4 or 5 years ago there was a Brown Pelican floating right off Alki, across from Alki Bakery. Haven’t seen one since then, though.

  • westseattledood October 5, 2007 (4:42 pm)

    About five years ago, a Common Loon spent the winter up at Greenlake. I know. I know. NOT WS. But, I got to see it up close so often…the loon became one of my favorite birds. There is something rather primitive about them which I found compelling. Don’t get me wrong, I heart all the WS seabirds too. Ah, but the loons…they are pretty special.

  • Dis October 5, 2007 (8:29 pm)

    East Lake Washington Audubon Society hosting a discussion of loons with photos, October 25:

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