“Bey” the rescued Bald Eagle, photographed by James Tilley as she fended off competition for food, starts our gallery of readers’ West Seattle bird photos. Staying on the shore, we have two from Lawrence HeerenSanderlings in flight:

And Brant:

Two forest birds from Mark Wangerin – a Downy Woodpecker:

And a Dark-eyed Junco:

Trileigh Tucker sent this photo to show that the Rufous Hummingbirds are back:

A Spotted Towhee, photographed by Mark MacDonald:

Matthew Olson sent this photo of a Finch:

Theresa Arbow-O’Connor calls this Steller’s Jay “Bluebell”:

Thanks again to everyone sharing bird photos – westseattleblog@gmail.com is our best address for non-breaking news.

14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 9 views"

  • MARIANNE April 4, 2021 (6:59 pm)

    Amazing!  Love seeing those leg bands too!  Thank you.

  • JohnW April 4, 2021 (7:21 pm)

    A truly wonderful regular feature of WSB.  
    Thanks for publishing and thanks to our birder photographers for sharing.  
    A lifelong Seattleite, I am continually surprised and educated by these incredible photos, curation and identification.

    • Elaine April 5, 2021 (8:00 am)

      Ditto what JohnW said!!!

  • Reality Chick April 4, 2021 (8:18 pm)

    Love, love, love the bird pics! And good news of Bey, of course. 

  • Barb April 4, 2021 (9:54 pm)

    So glad to see Bey thriving.

  • KD April 4, 2021 (9:54 pm)

    I surely hope that James Tilley enters his remarkable and rare photo into as many contests as he can. That line up of all 3 birds, all 3 being different, all 3 in separate status and domination and going for the same goal. The added factor of the recent successful rescue and rehab of ‘Bey’ the eagle with the identifying green band and to be able to capture THAT particular bird so soon after her release is beyond awesome composite and a very full story in one photo. Great layering too! Beautiful. 

    • AlkiJames April 5, 2021 (12:35 pm)

      Thank you KD, that is a very generous comment.
      This particular situation was very fortunate and I came away from the encounter with numerous amazing images of Bey in action.


  • emcat8 April 5, 2021 (12:09 pm)

    These are so delightful! That first photo made me grin ear to ear!

  • Rick April 5, 2021 (4:56 pm)

    But Oooohh,  the poor baby fish!!! Don’t we have to eliminate the eagles to save them?  Where are all my social justice folks? 

    • WSB April 5, 2021 (6:26 pm)

      Haven’t heard of anybody clamoring to kill eagles to save fish. Other birds, yes. But that was the federal government, not “social justice folks.”

    • Sunflower April 5, 2021 (8:28 pm)

      No, eagles are not the problem, but they are one of the reasons for protecting fish and their habitats!

  • Sunflower April 5, 2021 (8:32 pm)

    Bey, you are kind of a bad a**.

    Thanks James, and all the photographers for sharing here, so good!

  • Charles April 6, 2021 (5:10 am)

    Cool photos! The Downy looks like an eastern variety — seems unusual for west seattle. 

  • Jennifer April 6, 2021 (8:11 am)

    WOW just WOW! Thank you to all the photographers who took these pictures and shared them with the rest of us. I needed a nature moment and this helped!! Keep them coming! Also…really happy Bey is doing so well!

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