WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 7 to see

Thanks to everyone who has continued to send West Seattle bird photos! Here are 7 more -starting with this one from John Kieltyka:

That Steller’s Jay wandered into a photo shoot for John’s West Seattle-produced guitar podcast, The High Gain.

Kimberly Mickelson spotted this Great Blue Heron on a roof:

From Mark Wangerin, a fuzzy Barred Owlet:

A Red-shafted Northern Flicker visited Steven Sherotsky in Gatewood:

From Hans A. in Delridge, an unusual view of a Crow in flight:

And two from Larry Gilpin near Schmitz Park – first, an Anna’s Hummingbird:

And a Spotted Towhee:

Thanks again to everyone who continues to send photos and tips!

16 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 7 to see"

  • Julia June 27, 2020 (7:44 pm)

    They’re all great — love that crow shot!

    • Sunflower June 27, 2020 (9:37 pm)

      +1

      These are all amazing, that fuzzy owl and hummingbirds coloring too, wow!

  • Salal June 27, 2020 (7:47 pm)

    Very nice ! 

  • YouAreNotAline June 27, 2020 (8:42 pm)

    That crow shot . . . Spectacular! Well done.

  • HD June 27, 2020 (9:12 pm)

    Any turkey sightings? I haven’t seen an update in awhile.  Also, someone come snap some pictures of the eagles and hawks around Fauntleroy Playfield. At least once a week or so, I witness them flying off with a starling (since they’re invasive…not a big deal!). Poor young kid watched it and he was traumatized! Nature!

    • WSB June 27, 2020 (9:46 pm)

      We’ve had lots of eagle photos :) will have more on the 4th if not sooner. Re: turkey, maybe tomorrow I’ll finally finally write the sad tale of how she seems to have flown the coop for good -last seen in Tukwila/Renton, weeks ago.

  • Nancy Adams June 27, 2020 (9:19 pm)

    Have lived all around King County most of my life, and never seen an owl or owlet.  Live on Alki now. Where in WSeattle are photographers finding owls?

    • Friend O'Dinghus June 28, 2020 (11:28 am)

      Pretty amazing, huh Nancy? I can attest that they are among us, as one late evening I looked out the window to see one myself. He/she was a lighter color than the laurel hedge behind him/her so at first I thought that it might be a possum crouched in the hedge. I quickly realized that instead it was a Barred Owl in the foreground, sitting atop my aluminum gate while on the hunt. I would say it was there for a couple of hours. Still looking for the Blue Herron, though I got six out of seven so far. Stay well Ms. Nancy, and keep an eye out. I’m guessing a nighttime laurel hedge as a backdrop is ideal camouflage among the dappled shadows and gaps.

    • Patricia June 28, 2020 (12:19 pm)

      They used to do owl walks in Schmitz Park!  I’ve never seen one either. 

    • Horton June 28, 2020 (2:01 pm)

      We have a pair of barred owls at my house & hear them call each other every night & day, never gets old.  I see them in the woods, they’ve landed on my deck, & I’ve watched them drink from the stream that runs thru our yard.  I literally have 100s of pictures & videos of them … enjoy!

      • Steve June 28, 2020 (6:25 pm)

        Wonderful!  Lucky you. I’m hoping one day some swallows will nest here. Owls hanging out would be way cool.

  • Yma June 27, 2020 (10:05 pm)

    On Thurs – amazing view of an Osprey fishing right off of the ferry dock. Wish I’d gotten a picture. Watching it hover & then dive was spectacular.

  • Mark E Wangerin June 28, 2020 (7:31 am)

    There have been Barred Owls in many locations in West Seattle over the years. Schmitz Park, Camp Long, Lincoln Park, etc. This year, a pair in Fauntleroy Park is raising one little owlet. It is growing fast and has lost most of those soft fuzzy baby feathers.

  • Michael Ostrogorsky June 28, 2020 (12:41 pm)

    Blue bird spotted at Alki Point Lighthouse! 

  • aml June 29, 2020 (12:59 pm)

    I love these bird pictures.  The owls are spectacular!  So cool to see those in WS.  Thank you for sharing!  Keep them coming.

  • Dr. Ted Geisel July 1, 2020 (7:34 pm)

    Horton, have you heard it?

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