Tuesday, May 2, 2017


It has been a busy Spring so far in Puget Sound.  Many visits by Transient Orca Whales, CA Sea Lions passing through on migration south to breeding grounds in CA and Baja. Shorebirds moving north with Loons and Grebes. A first ever recorded Herring spawning in West Seattle and a Harbor Seal pup that staked out a spot on busy Alki Beach Park for more than a month.  Juvenile Bald Eagles trying to figure out just how to get a meal...and not being very good at it.  Gray Whales and Humpback Whales roaming the Sound....and rain, rain, rain, rain....oh..did I mention rain.   Seattle has on day without rain since February 1st.
And yes...it rained today...and still is.

Herring eggs

Herring eggs


Black Turnstones

Common Loon with flounder

Harbor Seal "Taffy"

Horned Grebe

Western Red-backed Salamanders

Long-toed Salamander

Northern Alligator Lizard 


Buffelhead Duck

Mt. Baker from West Seattle


  1. Awesome pictures Buzz! Glad to see you back on your blog. We met on Solstice and chatted into the sunset while hanging with the seal sitters. Love your blog! Heading to a matune mammal training at MASt and have been getting to know Seal Sitters better. Thanks for all your information and hope to run into you again in W. Sea sometime!

    1. Hi Kathryn,
      Thanks for kind comment. Ya..I need to do more posts...mostly been posting on Facebook.
      Have fun at MM training. I will be out of the area May 13 to July sometime on motorcycle trip to NYC to visit my daughter. May post ome road trip stuff on blog but perhaps keep it to facebook.
      Hope to see you on the beach this Summer

  2. Most excellent photos! We love reading all your knowledge. You are an excellent storyteller.