Category Archives: Unusual Sightings

The Long-tailed Weasel American Mink

[Well, I’ve been corrected by several readers as to the identification of this mammal. Having read regular reports of Short-tailed Weasels at this location, and not having heard of a Mink being sighted there, I made a wrong assumption. My thanks to the folks who set me straight. -Marc Hoffman] I had a fun surprise […]

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Harbor Seal Pup

Driving around Alki Beach in West Seattle, yesterday, I noticed a portion of the waterfront was cordoned off with orange safety tape, and a few folks were standing nearby with a long-lens camera and a spotting scope. I parked and walked down to meet Robin Lindsey of Seal Sitters, a volunteer-run affiliate of the Marine […]

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Springtime Intensity

Spring has finally arrived. In the Pacific Northwest, this means at least one warm sunny day, plus who knows how many chilly overcast days. Today the weather was warm enough to venture out for photos of a female Red-shafted Flicker we saw from our car yesterday. She had been excavating a nesting cavity in a […]

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Hundreds of Cormorants

Last week, a bridge closure necessitated a drive around the north end of Lake Washington. There I discovered over 200 Double-crested Cormorants roosting in trees along the shore. I returned the next afternoon to take photos of them roosting and flying. Double-crested Cormorants are common in most of North America, where they live, breed, and […]

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A Trip to See Snowy Owls

Last week I took 2 days and drove to Boundary Bay in British Columbia, Canada, to see an unusual sight: over 20 Snowy Owls that had journeyed from their Arctic home for a winter respite. Harry Potter fans will recognize them as the same species as Hedwig, Harry’s pet owl and mail courier. Although Snowies […]

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A Rare Bird Sighting: Barrow’s Goldeneye

Yesterday afternoon, with just an hour or two of daylight left, I headed to the Montlake Fill to look for the Barrow’s Goldeneye that Fill-expert Connie Sidles had reported. According to her, this bird has been sighted at the Fill only five times in 117 years (it generally winters along rocky coasts). I asked the […]

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