I didn't realize there were so many American Coots in this area, about 50 swimming in the part of the lake that wasn't frozen
Squishy bright red sac-like growth. There are the sac-like growths but also the red slime stuff. I'mnot sure if it's Lycogala epidendrum or some red jelly fungus or neither...
Saw many (like 20-30) American Wigeons in a pond. At first I mistook them for Green Winged Teals. They were rather skittish, and flew away clumsily when I came near.
I saw this duck swimming in a pond on a rainy afternoon around 5 pm. He was the only male Eurasian Wigeon I could see swimming with many American Wigeons, some Buffleheads, and some American Coots.
I was surprised to see this Eurasian Wigeon since this is America and not... Eurasia. Are they commonly seen on Washington's Seattle coast?
For more information on the habitat and vegetation of the area this plant was observed in and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for April 23, 2012 here on iNaturalist. These little caterpillars were in a bundle on the tip of a conifer branch beside Lake Washington in Magnuson Park. I pulled one off to look at it and put it back. They were each about an inch long and covered in fine orange hair with a brown body. They hatch in late summer to early fall and feed mostly on Douglas fir tree needles for the rest of the year with an increase in feeding activity in spring, making them pests. They become adults in June and breed and lay eggs in July.
Is this really a Northern Shoveler???
I saw him next to a Mallard, and she looked so small! But... the bill and feather pattern looks so much like what I thought a Shoveler looked like. What do you think?
Went to Magnuson Park hoping to see Terns or other cool shorebirds, and instead saw goslings! Tons and tons of goslings! I counted at least 30 goslings, approximately 3 of them were older and larger, the rest were about the same age: much smaller and younger. They clustered together and made lots of small, cute peeps. Many adults were circled around them, I didn't count, but maybe upwards of 10-15. I saw the adults chase off some small birds and other lone geese. When a dog came by, they started honking and flapping and all the geese (babies and adults) rushed to the lake and floated away.