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Saved by the Wildlife of Smith Cove

By | 2017-09-24T01:50:33+00:00 August 7th, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Ducks, Geese and Swans, Marine Mammals, Ospreys, Pacific Northwest, Raptors, Seattle +, Urban Wildlife & Nature|

Smith Cove Park is populated only occasionally with dog walkers, cruise ship aficionados, marina boaters and a few transient souls who stop there by way of a nearby bike route. I went there for the waters -- and for the salt air  -- without expectation of wildlife. But, that was about to change -- one late April day.

The Kingfisher Wasn’t Born to Think About It

By | 2017-09-24T02:28:35+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Other Birds, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

The kingfisher rises out of the black wave like a blue flower, in his beak he carries a silver leaf. I think this is the prettiest world -- so long as you don't mind a little dying, how could there be a day in your whole life that doesn't have its splash of happiness?

She, the Fusiform One

By | 2017-09-24T03:42:25+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Blog, Marine Mammals, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

In a pinniped world where there's no strong, visible distinction* between she and her male, I err on the side of feminist acknowledgement and call her "she." She, Phoca vitulina, with vibrissae (whiskers) so sensitive they send signals of fish to her seal brain. And she, who can plunge 300 feet and stay for a quarter hour, contracting her blood vessels and quelling her pinniped heart.