Saturday, May 12, 2018

GREENBELT OWLS SEEM TO HAVE GONE TO NEST...BUT HAVEN'T FOUND THE NESTS

The two pair of Barred Owls in the West Duwamish Greenbelt have not been seen since May 4th and are assumed to have gone nest but the location of the nests has not be found.  The pair in Lincoln Park have been pair bonding daily and can often be found in the same area especially because the crows and ravens scolding gives them away.  A group of Transient Orcas was in Puget Sound this week but never came within 3 miles of West Seattle so no images are available here. On May 10th all the pieces came together bird watching wise in Lincoln Park with a very cooperative Pileated Woodpecker, Male Raven, fledged Raven chick, and both Barred Owls.  We are looking at a weather forecast of 80 degrees this weekend through Monday.  Caspian Terns have been seen in numbers at Alki and making daily flights from the Duwamish River.  Next week I will do the Sea Star wasting disease survey....so back to the beach and some real marine stuff. .



















Female Barred Owl Lincoln Park

Female Barred Owl Lincoln Park

Fledged Raven Lincoln Park

Male Raven Lincoln Park

Pair bonding Barred Owls Lincoln Park

Pileated Woodpecker Lincoln Park

Pileated Woodpecker Lincoln Park

Male Raven in rain - Lincoln Park





Friday, May 4, 2018

ALL 4 BARRED OWLS IN GREENBELT MAY 3RD PLUS COOPER'S HAWK PAIR AT NEST

May 3rd both pair of Barred Owls were together in the West Duwamish Greenbelt and calling for over an hour.  This is the first time I have seen this since February 10th when I first started watching them.  Had not seen the males for 2 weeks prior to this.  In addition a pair of Cooper's Hawks are at the nest in the greenbelt daily.  So this has kept me away form the Sound...thus not much in the way of marine life to post about.
We have named the owls  Fluffy (female) and Sleepy (male) and Yahoo (female) and Spitter (male).  This way we can refer to individual owls when discussing who is doing Hoo....







Saturday, February 10, 2018

BARRED OWL PAIR REMAIN CLOSE IN GREENBELT 2-10-18

Barred Owl pair remain close in greenbelt.  Nesting begins in about 3 weeks.  Not a bad sunset also.

Barred Owl #1

Barred Owl #1

Barred Owl #2

Friday, February 9, 2018

UNO SPENDS ONLY SHORT TIME ON BEACH TODAY - BOTH BARRED OWLS FOUND IN GREENBELT - NEW HARBOR SEAL HAULS OUT ON ALKI ROCK

It was somewhat of an unusual day....like the sun came out, but also Uno spent only a short time on the beach...afraid of the sun?  A new Harbor Seal showed up on a rock just south of the boat ramp at Alki only to be washed off by the rising tide.  Both Barred Owls were found in the greenbelt today...first time I've seem both.  They were in fir trees about 50' apart.  At 2:15pm they began calling...very cool.  For those of you wanting lots more information on Puget Sound life you might check out www.eopugetsound.org   This is the website for Encyclopedia of Puget Sound and is packed with great information... you can become an instant expert.  😈



Barred Owl #1

Barred Owl #2

New Harbor Seal Alki

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Just before being washed off rock by tide



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

UNO SPEND LONGEST DAY ON BEACH, KINGFISHER BECOMES SEAL SITTER, GULLS DEMOLISH KELP CRABS, OWL REMAINS IN GREENBELT MERGANSER WORKS HARD TO REMAIN ELEGANT

It was a long day for Seal Sitters as Uno spent over 9 hours on the beach at cove 3.  Uno also may have some nasal congestion which explains the long stay on the beach.  A female Kingfisher stopped by to sit for a while.  Jack Block was host to 6 seals and Gulls polished off Kelp Crabs at cove 3.  The Barred Owl remained in the greenbelt on its favorite perch.  Clouds, wind and cool temps kept Seal Sitters looking for hand warmers.


Barred Owl

Common Merganser


It's work to stay elegant



Another  Kelp Crab dismembered

Female Kingfisher


Uno's long rest at Cov3

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SEAL FOLLIES AT JACK BLOCK PARK AND NEW SEAL "PEACHY" AT CORMORANT PARK

Monday 2-5-18 was entertaining at Jack Block park with 3 Harbor Seals trying to all get on the same beam on the dock.  While there is plenty of room on the dock for a dozen or more seals these three were determined to use the same spot.  This resulted in on and off musical dock game for my entertainment.  A new seal showed up at Cormorant Cove on the west shore of Alki and got named "Peachy" Of course Uno was back at Cove 3 but Dos failed to put in an appearance.  Friend "Jack" the male hummingbird was hanging around at Jack Block also.


"Jack"

Uno drool likely caused by strong smell of fish and chips coming from Marination next door....Pictures of Seal Sitters drooling omitted here as no release could be attained.

Peachy at Cormorant Cove

Peachy
Seal Follies Jack Block Park

Hauling out on dock





Seals on restricted beach at Jack Block leave distinctive tracks

Monday, February 5, 2018

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY AND THE SEALS ARE NOT IMPRESSED....

Uno back at Cove 3...day 19 I believe.  Uno was joined by a new pup now named Dos later in the afternoon...at which time Uno gave a rock climbing demonstration to keep our attention from wandering to Dos....what a ham.  Six seals at Jack Block, 3 on the dock and 3 on the restricted beach.  A small pup was being inspected by gulls.  All six appeared healthy and because they were out of harms way required no Seal Sitting.  A male Kingfisher demonstrated fishing prowess while 3 seals showed there level of excitement over the Superbowl.  One strange long-eared seal impostor in Jack Block uplands.

Superbowl ?   Yawn

Superbowl Yawn 2

Superbowl yawn 3

Pup and gull at Jack Block






New Cove 3 seal Dos

Dos

Male Kingfisher

Long-eared seal impostor at Jack Block

Uno rock climbing demo

Rock climbing Uno

Rock climbing Uno