WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 10 feathered neighbors

Thanks for more beautiful West Seattle bird photos! Here’s a new Sunday afternoon gallery. First, two from Jerry Simmons – a Canada Goose family on a walkabout above, a young Barred Owl below:

Mark Wangerin photographed the next two – a Red-breasted Sapsucker:

And a Bewick’s Wren (click the link and listen to the audio – they’re singing everywhere):

Gentle McGaughey perfectly captured the distinctive “hairstyle” sported by Steller’s Jays:

Trileigh Tucker photographed this Band-Tailed Pigeon:

This Crow at a feeder is from Michelle Green Arnson:

James Tilley photographed the next two – the celebrity Bald Eagle “Bey”:

And an Osprey with a snack:

We conclude this gallery with a Willow Flycatcher, which Lawrence Heeren says is the first one he’s seen in 21 years in West Seattle:

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17 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 10 feathered neighbors"

  • Insertname May 16, 2021 (3:30 pm)

    Wow. Such amazing photos. 

  • Karen May 16, 2021 (3:34 pm)

    Thank you!! Beautiful 👌

  • Railroaded May 16, 2021 (3:37 pm)

    I just got back from my walk today, and oddly enough, I saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker in a nearly identical pose, on a similar sized trunk of a tree. Today. In Arroyo Grande, California. 

  • Karen Lyons May 16, 2021 (3:59 pm)

    Thank you, so much, for the bird photos and information! Always beautiful and amazing.

  • Gill & Alex May 16, 2021 (5:08 pm)

    Thank you all.  Great photos.

  • Kersti Muul May 16, 2021 (6:55 pm)

    I’ll add to the cuteness

    • H May 17, 2021 (10:40 am)

      Kersti, so cute!! Where are you seeing the baby Barred Owls? I know it’s the right season but I haven’t seen/heard any yet…

      • Kersti Muul May 18, 2021 (11:56 am)

        In multiple neighborhoods around West Seattle. 

  • Meeeee May 17, 2021 (6:09 am)

    Love the bird round up once a week!

  • sls May 17, 2021 (8:08 am)

    Love these! Thanks so much. 

  • Terremoto May 17, 2021 (8:16 am)

    Thank you for the link to their calls!  Beautiful photos.

  • J May 17, 2021 (8:21 am)

    I love all the bird photos!! Thanks to great photographers and WSB for featuring them.  To all bird people: where are the Hummingbirds this year? Is anyone seeing them? We had lots of activity last year and even during the snow this winter (Anna’s), but now…nothing. Wondering if it’s just us or more widely occurring. 

    • WSB May 17, 2021 (9:25 am)

      We don’t have feeders but we do have hummingbird-friendly plants such as honeysuckle that’s now blooming, and at least one hummingbird was hanging around yesterday – TR

    • Gentle McGaughey May 18, 2021 (11:09 am)

      We are experiencing far fewer hummingbird visits as well. I’m wondering if the flowers are more abundant this year? I still keep one feeder up and probably get one or two Anna’s a few times a day; so different from last year! 

    • Kersti Muul May 18, 2021 (11:58 am)

      I can assure you there is no shortage of hummingbirds. A couple of possible explanations; during the salmonella outbreak WDFW recommended taking down hummingbird feeders and a lot of people did. They take some time for them too to find their way back to historical feeders. We are also in the peak of nesting season and you will not see them much while they’re incubating. Also the females don’t feed the nestlings much from the feeders they need protein rich diet So they are out bugging

    • waikikigirl May 18, 2021 (1:26 pm)

      We still have a lot of Hummers coming to our 2 feeders and also the Hot Lips Salvia we have in our yard. Maybe as Kersti mentioned, did you take your feeder down for awhile?
      And as the  movie “Field of Dreams”…  if you fill it (build it) they will come! ;>)

    • westwoodbirder May 18, 2021 (2:01 pm)

      No shortage of hummers at our house this year either.  We’ve got four feeders up and they all get regular activity along with regular baths in our fountain.

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