[Tweeters] West Seattle herring spawning event

Ed Swan Edswan2 at comcast.net
Thu May 4 12:56:49 PDT 2017





According to the West Seattle blog, there's a herring spawning event going
on off Alki over the last couple of days:
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/west-seattle-wildlife-major-herring-spawn
ing-happening-along-local-shores/



I've seen some small groups of gulls and scoters feeding (20 or so each) but
no large flocks. There are quite a few Brant still around as well.



In the early afternoon yesterday at my yard on the lip of the Fairmount
ravine, I saw/heard 37 species over about an hour and a half or so, a FOY
Pacific-slope Flycatcher, four warbler species, Hutton's Vireo calling
energetically and an Osprey with a fish as large as its body. Western
Tanagers have been calling for more than a week and yesterday several were
responding to a bug hatch, doing a lot of flycatching.



Ed Swan

Nature writer and guide

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