WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 11 views, sea to tree

Thanks again to all the WSB readers who have sent bird photos! We have another collection for you – starting with sea/shore sightings. First, the bird above is a Belted Kingfisher near Don Armeni Boat Ramp, photographed by Steven Director. Off Alki, Danny McMillin caught Brant passing a Kitsap Transit foot ferry:

Two from Matthew Olson – a Red-necked Grebe:

And a Common Merganser:

Robin Sinner photographed a Black Turnstone taking off, leaving its shadow behind:

Now to birds more often seen away from the shore. Here’s a Purple Finch, from Gentle McGaughey:

A Pacific Wren at Lincoln Park, from Mark MacDonald:

A leucistic Crow taking flight near Alki Beach, photographed by Michelle Laughlin:

Two Steller’s Jays, from WTR:

And we close with two Hummingbird photos – William Wright photographed one feeding on a winter-blooming Grevillea during the snow earlier this month:

And Kersti Muul shows us one building a nest:

If you’re doing outdoor work this time of year, be very mindful about not disturbing nests – hummingbirds’ nests are especially small. Here’s what we published two years ago with advice from Kersti.

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 11 views, sea to tree"

  • Orcakid February 28, 2021 (4:50 pm)

    Amazing photos!

  • Reality Chick February 28, 2021 (5:20 pm)

    I just love these photos!! Thanks to all who take & submit. I did see a hummingbird feeder in a tree the other day and thought I should say something or leave a note. By the time I went past it, it had been taken down; hopefully, the well-intended person who put it up heard about the request to take them down until it’s safe to do so. 

  • Elaine February 28, 2021 (5:46 pm)

    Stunning, as always! Thank you.

  • WS Lady February 28, 2021 (9:04 pm)

    Thank you, Tracy and photographers. So uplifting for my soul. I needed that. Beautiful pictures. Bless you all. 

  • sgs March 1, 2021 (10:40 am)

    Not sure if this is a case to intervene in or let mother nature alone, but there has been a Canadian goose maybe nesting on the corner of a very small patch of grass of the entrance to Westfield southcenter where Bahama breeze is. Seems just inches away from a very busy street. I’ve been there twice in the span of a week and the bird is laying there.  Just in case Kersti sees this and can evaluate.  

  • emcat8 March 1, 2021 (11:40 am)

    These are such lovely photos, thank you for continuing to post them. That kingfisher pic is stunning–so hi-def!!

  • Jerry Simmons March 1, 2021 (7:43 pm)

    So nice to see images of the birds and they all look great. I seem to be missing out on my images getting submitted. Here is one for you and I hope you enjoy it, thanks! Male Anna’s Hummingbird capture in West Seattle. 

    • Sunflower March 2, 2021 (7:35 am)

      Wow, beautiful. Amazing to see the hummers feather details so clearly, thank you!

      Appreciate all the bird photos, thanks everyone :)

      • Jerry Simmons March 2, 2021 (5:52 pm)

        Thanks so much Sunflower! I have been getting lots of good hummingbird images lately.

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