Once again this weekend, we have bird photos to share as counterprogramming to football!

Mark Wangerin photographed two Pileated Woodpeckers – male and female, he says, though unlike some birds, they look alike. Below, their cousin woodpecker – a female Northern Flicker – photographed by Hans A.:

From Matthew Olson, two photos along the West Seattle shore – first, a Great Blue Heron against the downtown skyline:

Next, Surfbirds and Black Turnstones:

Here are Black Turnstones in flight, photographed by Mark MacDonald:

Mark also sent us, in late summer, a photo we just rediscovered in the inbox – Purple Martins at Jack Block Park:

And from Jerry Simmons, two silhouettes – first, a Steller’s Jay:

Below, an Anna’s Hummingbird:

Thanks again to everyone who shares photos – from birds to breaking news and beyond – westseattleblog@gmail.com, or when it’s urgent, 206-293-6302!

14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 8 views"

  • lk October 11, 2020 (5:52 pm)

    Have loved this series!  Thanks for sharing and deep thanks to all the photographers who help remind me of all the beauty we still can experience, even during extraordinarily hard times.

    • Jerry Simmons October 12, 2020 (7:54 pm)

      I appreciate you and a huge thank you!!

  • Just wondering October 11, 2020 (6:38 pm)

    Love the spots on the Northern Flicker!

  • Mark E Wangerin October 11, 2020 (8:55 pm)

    On the Pileated Woodpeckers: The male has a golden eye, larger red crest and a red malar strip.

  • mem October 11, 2020 (9:27 pm)

    Thanks so much!!! I love seeing the birds and appreciate the photographers’ work. It always makes my day. 

  • Toni Reineke October 11, 2020 (9:58 pm)

    Thank you for providing this gorgeous alternative to football! Hope you’ll keep up this series!

  • Jeannie October 12, 2020 (12:07 am)

    Birds like these are why I donate to the American Bird Conservancy and Audubon Society. It was shocking to read of the drastic decline in the avian population – let’s do our part and help birds any way we can!

  • anonyme October 12, 2020 (7:11 am)

    PURPLE MARTINS?????!!!  I had no idea we had martins here.  How do I get me some?  (In my yard, that is.)  Is a gourd the secret?  Mark, thanks for the clarification on male/female woodpeckers.

  • Ann October 12, 2020 (8:05 am)

    Purple Martins we’re down at Jack Block years ago after a fellow decided to hang gourds for them.  Sometime later they seemed to disappear but are back.  I am glad.This is the best thing on WSB.

  • RG October 12, 2020 (9:33 am)

    Love this!! I’ve been seeing the Northern flickers the past few years and wondering what they were. Nice to have them identified :)

  • Michael Ostrogorsky October 12, 2020 (12:10 pm)

    You can have birds and Seahawks. Best of both worlds. Courtesy our resident Seahawk Princess Tara! 

  • emcat8 October 12, 2020 (1:08 pm)

    These are all so fantastic–kudos to the photographers!

  • Jay October 12, 2020 (3:08 pm)

    I believe the  flying birds are surfbirds not black turnstones

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