Posted by: atowhee | April 6, 2023


At Nisqually NWR–nesting goose, swimming ring-necks (click on image to see both birds):

Near Pike Place in Seattle there are two high construction cranes on the waterfront. More walkways being built to bring even more consumers to Pike Place. I watched ravens fly around one crane tower and finally caught them carrying nesting material into the underside of the crane arm, just to the right of the “Hoffman” sign. There it’ll be protected from rain, sun if any there ever be, and aerial attack.

One raven flew into the hidden nest site. Then the arm began to pivot, turning 180-degrees, swinging Hoffman to the left of the tower. The raven went along for the ride, flew out after the arm stopped turning. The ravens have figured out the tower’s actions and have decided they are OK for nesting purposes.

There cannot be many places better suited to street cleaners than Pike Place with its throngs of folks carrying food on sidewalks and along streets:

It rained all afternoon, but we checked out Seward Park on the western shire of Lake Washington–ducks afloat and ashore. Crows impervious to the wet.

Seward Park, King, Washington, US
Apr 6, 2023
8 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  4
Gadwall  10
Mallard  7
Mallard (Domestic type)  1
Bufflehead  3
Common Merganser  5
Glaucous-winged Gull  X
Double-crested Cormorant  3
American Crow  20


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