WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 8 of our winged neighbors

It’s been a while since our last gallery of reader-contributed West Seattle bird photos, but the contributions have continued coming in (thank you!), and we finally have an opportunity to show them to you. Above, Trileigh Tucker‘s cooling view of an Anna’s Hummingbird; Trileigh reminds us, be sure to keep water out for birds in this hot weather! Below, a California Scrub-Jay photographed by Susan Whiting Kemp in the Morgan area:

Cindy Roberts photographed two Common Loons “in a mating display”:

Jay Speidell found a Northern Flicker woodpecker making a new nest on Puget Ridge:

James Tilley caught an immature Bald Eagle landing in an Alki-area snag:

Two from Jerry Simmons: An American Goldfinch:

And a Finch:

From Arlene Rubin, a Hawk:

IDs are from the photographers; links are from BirdWeb, where you can see and hear other bird species that spend time in our region. Photos to share, from wildlife to breaking news (and beyond)? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 8 of our winged neighbors"

  • Hannah May 14, 2023 (2:01 pm)

    Love the photo of the loons! Where was it taken? I’d love to try to see them myself. 

  • Suzanne May 14, 2023 (5:02 pm)

    Love these photos of the birds here in WS! That’s an immature Cooper’s hawk — https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/photo-gallery/305687211. For excellent information about these birds, check out the links on that page. It’s an excellent resource for all species. 

    Also, the Merlin app “Sound ID”  is a great tool to start to get to know the species of birds you’re hearing. One caveat — it’s quite good for the first several minutes but after 8-ish minutes I find it’s been much less reliable (during this morning’s dawn chorus it claimed to hear a Marbled Murrelet — wildly incorrect. It’s always learning and improving so over time I’m sure it will get more reliable  To get back on track, stop the recording and let it reset for a minute-ish, then start a new recording. 

  • WS Neighbor May 14, 2023 (5:25 pm)

    So beautiful!  Thank you, Tracy of WS Blog,  for taking time to add so many interesting additional posts besides just the news-which, I speak for all readers,  we appreciate so much. 

  • Jie May 14, 2023 (5:28 pm)

    Amazing loon photo.Please do NOT divulge the location.”Loons are very sensitive to human disturbance, especially while courting, nesting, and tending their young. Approaching loons may cause them to display aggressively, vocalize repeatedly, and become agitated – this can impact their ability and willingness to stay on a site or nest.”https://ebird.org/pnw/news/common-loons-in-washington

    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 15, 2023 (3:53 pm)

      They don’t nest where this pic was taken. They nest in freshwater. You can find these loons all along west Seattle shores but there are a lot out from Bracepoint 

  • Laura V May 15, 2023 (7:06 am)

    Thanks Tracy and the WS Blog for posting this wonderful set of photos, and to the photographers that provided them!!

  • Spencer May 15, 2023 (10:31 am)

    These are my favorite features, WSB! Thanks for doing such great work. :)

    • WSB May 15, 2023 (11:04 am)

      We did the easy part, publishing them … I love birds but can’t imagine the patience it takes to get a clear photo! Also note that between galleries, we still feature some with the daily event lists (as well as other photos kindly sent by readers – sunsets, flowers, etc.) – TR

      • Jay May 15, 2023 (2:22 pm)

        I really like all the local perspectives on plants and wildlife. Birds, bugs, fish, beavers, mushrooms, slime molds. It’s one thing to scroll nature on Instagram, but it’s nice seeing a focused look at what’s living in our community. Thanks for doing this.

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