Commonly seen birds along Beach Drive

As I’m writing this post, a couple angry seagulls are chasing after a bald eagle. The cries of the bald eagle would almost have you believe that it was the victim in what ever had just transpired.

Living on Beach Drive for the past 10 plus years, I’ve been so lucky to see so many different types of wildlife.

eaglesBald Eagles often fly along the sound hunting for anything they can pluck from the water. I’ve seen them soar with fish and small ducks in their talons. It’s not unusual to see them in the tall tree that is at the base of Jacobson and Beach Drive.  The most I’ve seen at one time in this tree is probably three. When the tide is out, they’ll perch on rocks on the beach.

Kingfishers are probably one of my favorites. DSC_0627They remind me of the hummingbirds of the sea with their long beaks. This fella has his crown tucked back as he flies away with a meal.

The Great Blue Heron are also common here. They can be pretty startling if they land on the chimney and start squawking. The Great Blue Heron is Seattle’s official bird…something I didn’t know until writing this!

Heron

This is just scratching the surface! I’ll share some more pics soon of Osprey, Barn Swallows, Terns and of course, ducks!

Stay tuned for more birds of Beach Drive!

 

 

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