Found this little opossum outside my dining room window in Ballard, on the morning of February 23, 2014. He slept for awhile and then  wandered off. I’d seen him before in the evenings on my back fence, but it was strange to find him out in the day time.

Found this little opossum outside my dining room window in Ballard, on the morning of February 23, 2014. He slept for awhile and then  wandered off. I’d seen him before in the evenings on my back fence, but it was strange to find him out in the day time.

Gone from the Nest

Anna's Hummingbirds

The Anna’s Hummingbird nest that I’ve been watching for the past 4 or 5 weeks is finally no more, the young babies fledged and are starting lives of their own. It was a treat to be able to photograph and experience a part of a hummingbird’s life. (This was photographed on Seattle University’s Campus.)

Sy Bean

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Anna’s Hummingbirds of Seattle University (video)

https://taylormcdowell.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/annas-hummingbirds-of-seattle-university/

Here is a link to a video I compiled of the Anna’s Hummingbirds on the SU campus, I hope you enjoy it!

Submitted by Taylor McDowell 

Last week I visited the Japanese Garden and the Washington Park Arboretum on a rather sunny day. It was exciting to finally see more more activity around the city. In the Japanese Garden I saw ants, bumble bees and bees flies and I watched a Ruby-crowned Kinglet gleaning insects off of the beautiful weeping willow tree. 

In the arboretum I found many flies including hover flies, another bee fly and others I’m not familiar with. I also saw my first moth of the year, a Spring moth, or Mesoleuca granulata. There were also plenty of hummingbirds, and the usual suspects, juncos, crows, bushtits, robins and sparrows. 

Many flowers were in bloom including the Oregon-grape, Red-flowering Currant and many cherry trees. The ferns were just starting to unroll and the Skunk Cabbage was in full bloom. It’s a beautiful time to visit the arboretum.

Submitted by Kelly Brenner

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Submitted by Kelly BrennerPhotos by metadata man and Dennis Cheasebro

The Wind FreshensBlack TurnstoneJunior Takes Wing!Fly Away! Part 2

Seattle Urban Wildlife, a group on Flickr.

You can also share your images on the Seattle Urban Wildlife Group Pool on Flickr!

Submitted by Kelly Brenner

Photos by metadata man and Dennis Cheasebro

Hummingbird at Seattle University

Male Anna's Hummingbird

A male Anna’s Hummingbird at Seattle U

Submitted by Sy Bean 

Squirrel stealing baguette in Volunteer Park

Squirrel  stealing baguette

Submitted by Denise

Nesting Anna’s Hummingbird

Female Anna's Hummingbird

Here is a link to a 2 minute video of a female Anna’s Hummingbird at Seattle University I shot the other day, or just click on the picture. http://vimeo.com/21660447 I have been watching the nest for a couple of weeks and it looks like two babies have hatched! It’ll be fun to see how these birds grow and get ready to fly. The video focuses on the mother tending to her babies. Enjoy!

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Submitted by Sy Bean 

This hummingbird was fooled by the bell-shaped light pole in the Seattle University Quad. It was rather amusing watching this little bird try and try again to figure out where the nectar could be found in the fixture. I knew that these birds generally feed from bell-shaped flowers (the nectar-producing kind), so it made sense that this light fixture could appear to be a very large flower. Click on the photo to see more pictures of this bird.
Submitted by Taylor McDowell 

This hummingbird was fooled by the bell-shaped light pole in the Seattle University Quad. It was rather amusing watching this little bird try and try again to figure out where the nectar could be found in the fixture. I knew that these birds generally feed from bell-shaped flowers (the nectar-producing kind), so it made sense that this light fixture could appear to be a very large flower. Click on the photo to see more pictures of this bird.

Submitted by Taylor McDowell 

Washington Park Arboretum 

I visited the Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum last week during a beautiful, sunny, but cool day. I was excited to see some hoverflies on the flowers in the Winter Garden as well as a most peculiar looking fly. They are the first I’ve seen all winter. Also in the Winter Garden I watched a couple of Bewick’s Wrens for a long time as well as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Just to the south of the Winter Garden a large flock of crows were making a huge ruckus for quite some time.

I also watched a large number or Robins foraging in the leaves by the new NW connections garden. On the east side of the arboretum I found a number of Salal leaves with caterpillar damage and underneath I found a bunch of, what looked like to me, micro moths. They were very small, white and where they were clustered, the leaves were whitish, like mildew. 

Many plants were starting to show green buds and some were even showing flower buds. The Witch Hazel was all in bloom, especially in the Winter Garden where there are several species. 

Submitted by Kelly Brenner