WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 9 new views, and 1 way to help the ones that are migrating

Spring means migration time for some birds, so West Seattle bird-watchers might see seasonal sights, as shown in some of the reader photos we’re spotlighting today. Above are Bonaparte’s Gulls at Constellation Park, photographed by David Hutchinson, who says that’s also where he saw these Brant in flight:

Constellation’s a hotspot for bird viewing – that’s where Jamie Kinney photographed shorebirds including Dunlins and Black Turnstones:

That’s also where Emily Carlston saw this Black Oystercatcher in flight:

Jack Block Park is where Steve Bender photographed these Canada Geese:

At Don Armeni Boat Ramp, Robin Sinner photographed a Heermann’s Gull:

Robin also sent this photo of a White-crowned Sparrow:

In Schmitz Preserve Park, Tony Tschanz happened onto a Crow in the process of construction:

And we conclude with another photo from the Admiral area – John Keatley explains that this Barred Owl “seems to be living in the cedar tree in our backyard. It has been quite active this past week, and we just saw it resting on our shed roof.”

Huge thanks again to everyone who sends bird (and other) photos, which we feature not only in galleries like this but also with some of our daily event lists – westseattleblog@gmail.com – and we also appreciate other information, such as Kersti Muul‘s reminder that it’s Lights Out time to be kind to birds in flight – look how many!

5 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 9 new views, and 1 way to help the ones that are migrating"

  • Jay April 21, 2024 (11:17 pm)

    Let’s all help beautiful birds as they migrate. As of 8:20 pm Sunday, approximately 75,500 birds have crossed King County, with many more to come later tonight. Be sure to check out the Bird Cast website.  Lights out, please!

  • Suzanne April 21, 2024 (11:43 pm)

    I love seeing these reports.  The Barred Owl appears to be anting. From Birdnote (in this article, a robin is the focus but more than 200 species of birds are known to do this): “The robin is sitting on top of an anthill, and ants are swarming all over its body! You might even see the robin take an ant in its bill and wipe it underneath its wings. So, what’s happening? Well, it’s kind of like an avian spa treatment.” — https://www.birdnote.org/listen/shows/do-birds-use-ants-tools. 

  • Karen April 22, 2024 (6:13 am)

    Beautiful, thanks to all the photogs and to the WSB for posting for all of us.🫶🏼🐦‍⬛🪿🪶🦉

  • anonyme April 22, 2024 (10:04 am)

    Thanks to Kersti for the “lights out” reminder.  Thirty percent (3 billion) of wild birds have disappeared since 1970 – less than a human lifetime.  Ironically, if 3 billion humans had disappeared instead, we, the planet, and all other species would be much better off – rather than being part of the sixth mass extinction.  We should be doing everything possible to preserve other species while drastically curtailing the proliferation of our own.  So yes, lights out; it’s the very least we can do.

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