WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Wandering Tattler’s visit, and 7 other sightings

Seems like a good day for another compilation of cool bird photos sent by readers (THANK YOU!). The bird in the first two is a newsmaker, explains Sharon Wada: “Wanted to share a few images for the birders who were quite excited to see a precious Wandering Tattler foraging in the rocks along Alki. Appears that the Tattler was finding lots to eat including a small crustacean in the seaweed.”

For the hundreds of bird photos we’ve published over the years, that’s the first Wandering Tattler!

The next two bird photos are from Mark MacDonald – first, a Caspian Tern fishing at Jack Block Park:

Next, a Kingfisher:

Another royally named bird, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, photographed by Mark Wangerin:

From Michael Oxman, a close look at a Barred Owl:

Larry Gilpin photographed this juvenile Bald Eagle in Schmitz Park:

Elton Pinto spotted a Great Blue Heron hanging out in a tree near Alki Point:

And Ashley Wong photographed – through binoculars – an Osprey atop the lights at Terminal 5:

Thanks again to everyone who shares photos – from wildlife to breaking news! Email westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 any time.

14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Wandering Tattler's visit, and 7 other sightings"

  • Yma August 22, 2020 (3:25 pm)

    I so love these beautiful photos. I’ve never heard of a Wandering Tattler before. Incredibly cool.waiting to see what shows up in the backyard. ( jays & crows have us trained).

  • daisyg August 22, 2020 (3:27 pm)

    These are amazing and so beautiful! Thank you to everyone for sharing and to WSB for publishing! And so cool about the Wandering Tattler visiting Alki.

  • Zak August 22, 2020 (5:17 pm)

    So cool! I just saw a Peregrine Falcon fly over Alki playfield with a fish in its talons

    • Sharon August 22, 2020 (7:26 pm)

      That’s a fantastic m sighting! Was it flying into the trees above the play field? Am interested in knowing where it likes to hang out. 

  • Cindi August 22, 2020 (7:30 pm)

    The name of the bird in the title reminded me… Has anybody seen the West Seattle turkey lately?

    • WSB August 22, 2020 (8:39 pm)

      No, she is long gone. Last seen in Tukwila/Renton months ago.

      • JJ August 23, 2020 (8:48 am)

        I guess the turkey can’t be with us forever. It got me through some really dark days of illness this spring.

  • John August 22, 2020 (10:04 pm)

    Thanks WSB and local birdfans, these pics are fantastic. My pleasure meeting the adorable Wandering Tattler here, and always enjoy the Caspian Terns screeching as they pass overhead between the Salish and their Dawamish nests. Love those birdies.

  • HG August 22, 2020 (10:44 pm)

    Thank you to all the photographers who share these. I LOVE when they’re published!

  • Joan August 23, 2020 (7:26 am)

    The Wandering  Tattler is exciting for West Seattle. I have seen them in Hawaii and was so thrilled to see them there.

  • Owl? August 23, 2020 (10:11 am)

    Where did you see the 🦉? What park did you see the owl.

  • Igor Birdman August 23, 2020 (3:22 pm)

    Does anyone know what birds are those that make a series of a few short very high pitch sounds during night? They can typically be heard starting around midnight +/- an hour or so and never during day. I’ve been hearing them often for well over a decade in the Junction area.

    • Higginshere August 23, 2020 (4:02 pm)

      Does this sound close?sounds

      • Igor Birdman August 23, 2020 (10:48 pm)

        No, it’s not that. It’s a little slower, even higher pitch, and a few even-pitched bursts at a time. Thanks for your help, btw.

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