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Photos of the Day: Sweet Tooth

While her companions, two does and another fawn, were content to munch on grass, this young black-tailed deer helped herself to juicy blackberries in their prime right off the vine off of Arrow Point Drive. She also browsed on the blackberry leaves and tenderest vines. Deer will feed on a range of berries, including salmonberry,…

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kestrel by jay wiggs

Name That Bird: The Littlest Falcon

This colorful, feisty raptor is the smallest falcon in North America. Often seen in the Pacific Northwest in open spaces along roads, on wires, and in meadows and farmland, this graceful flyer helicopters on the wing and catches a variety of large insects, small rodents, and occasionally small birds on the ground or sometimes in…

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pregnant doe

Wildlife Shelter Issues Watch for Displaced Wildlife During Visconsi Clear-Cut

Bainbridge Island’s West Sound Wildlife Shelter has issued a statement to the public warning people about wildlife displaced and/or injured by the destruction of the forest habitat at High School Road and Highway 305 today, August 20, as the land is rapidly clear-cut by feller bunchers. The Shelter anticipates animals running onto nearby roads, including…

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osprey rescue at battle point

Battle Point Osprey Falls From Nest, Gets Rescued—Twice (w/ Photo Gallery)

At 9:30 Friday morning, August 15, a fledgling osprey fell some 120 feet out of its nest from the platform above the Battle Point Park water tower. Bainbridge Island Park District workers spotted the young osprey on the ground a little ways north of the water tower, where it was flapping around, apparently unable to…

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Battle Point Park nest, by Kelvin Hughes

Three Bainbridge Osprey Moms React Very Differently to ‘Operation Coptercam’

Three high-profile Bainbridge Island opsrey nests were photographed by a flying camera last week. One mother immediately flew to her nest to protect her babies; one was blasé; and one repeatedly attempted to body slam the cam, screaming in a rage. If you follow our local osprey, you may be able to make educated guesses…

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Name That Bird: Orange Is the New Black

This big coastal bird is hard to miss along rocky shorelines with its long reddish-orange bill and pink legs contrasted by its brown-black or brown-black and white plumage. This vocal bird of the Pacific Coast can be found from Alaska to Baja California, including on rocky beaches around Kitsap. It uses its strong bill to easily…

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baby kingfisher by dottie tison

The Little Kingfisher That Could

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events & Development Coordinator West Sound Wildlife Shelter In early June here at West Sound Wildlife Shelter we got a call from the Tacoma area about two baby herons that were in need of immediate assistance. One of the Shelter’s long-time supporters who happened to be in Tacoma at the time picked up…

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plover by Jay Wiggs

Name That Bird: And the Oscar Goes to . . .

Unlike most shorebirds, this graceful slender-winged plover is often seen on dry land, where it may make its nest and hunt for worms and insects. Whether on the beach or in a field or lawn, this bird is quite the thespian, darting about, calling shrilly (the source of its name), and even sometimes feigning a…

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Name That Bird: Gone in a Flash

Unlike most species of woodpecker, this relatively large bird spends much of its time on the ground digging up ants and beetles with its slightly curved bill. A Washington native, it is relatively common on Bainbridge Island. The best way to identify this handsome bird is by the unmistakable flash of white on its rump…

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coppertop osprey chicks

Welcome to the World, Coppertop Osprey Chicks!

The osprey pair who returned this spring to their nest site off of Sportsman Club Road next to Bainbridge Island’s Coppertop commercial center faced a serious challenge that threatened their safety and reproductive success. An excluder device had been installed on the T-Mobile cell tower where they had traditionally built their nest, and the company had…

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great blue heron on eagle harbor piling

Photos of the Day: Dawn Lookout

The most patient of creatures, this great blue heron stood watch on Bainbridge’s Eagle Harbor at dawn. Watch out fishes. Photos courtesy of Jay Wiggs.                                    

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Name That Bird: Into the Mouths of Babes

These hungry little passerines will soon be awesome aerialists like their parents, darting and swooping over fields, open water, and barnyards to catch flies and a variety of other insects. Their glistening cobalt blue top feathers and tawny chest coloration make these pretty birds easy to identify. They breed in Washington and migrate to warmer southern…

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drowned fawn off Pritchard Park

Fawn Disoriented by Fireworks Drowns After Being Chased into the Water by Dogs at Pritchard Beach

This morning, July 5, a fawn wandering alone on Pritchard Park Beach took to the water to avoid off-leash dogs barking at and chasing it. A person who had been collecting fireworks debris on the beach reported the distressed fawn to West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) on Bainbridge Island. He explained that by the time…

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fawn by Dottie Tison

Care About Wildlife? Educate Yourself About Fireworks Dangers

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events & Development Coordinator West Sound Wildlife Shelter Summer is here, and with it the celebration of Independence Day by shooting off fireworks. At the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, we’re often asked if fireworks have a detrimental effect on wildlife. Fireworks Cause Wild & Domestic Animals to Panic Research studies and our own…

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songbird by Jay Wiggs

Name That Bird: Masked Marvel

You’re most likely to see these year-round flocking birds in fruit trees feeding on berries or sometimes coursing over water snapping up insects. Wherever you see them it is hard to take your binoculars off these strikingly marked songbirds. Can you identify this lovely local looker?                  …

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sleeping baby otter

UPDATE: Heading to the Rotary Auction? Here’s How to Help West Sound Wildlife Shelter

[Updated below, at 12:35 p.m., June 26.] Bainbridge Island’s own nationally respected West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) is currently caring for a full house of injured and orphaned wild animals during its high baby season. Right now the Shelter has 118 patients. It treats rabbits and raptors, songbirds and squirrels, foxes and fawns, coyotes and…

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coyote puppy by Dottie Tison

Four Coyote Puppies at West Sound Wildlife Shelter Need Your Help

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events & Development Coordinator West Sound Wildlife Shelter, with Julie Hall It’s not uncommon for the Shelter to receive several coyotes a year, but usually their stays with us are spread out. This summer, however, we are currently raising/rehabilitating four coyote puppies at the same time. It all started with one little male…

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duck & ducklings by Jay Wiggs

Name That Bird: Eight Is Enough?

These large elegant ducks, found on Bainbridge Island, nest in hollow trees and troll shorelines and shallow rivers. In winter they form flocks. Can you identify this mama and her fuzzy babes?                                              …

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cougar by Neil McIntosh

Big Cats on Your Mind? Cougars on Bainbridge

Following two reported cougar sightings this week on Bainbridge, one near Island Center and another near Safeway, there is much talk and speculation about a big cat in our midst. Sightings are difficult to verify, so we asked some experts what they thought. Yep, Cougars on Bainbridge Cougars, also known as mountain lions or pumas,…

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crow baby with mouth open, by Dottie Tison

Video of the Week: Hungry Baby Crow

This baby crow is believed to have blown out of its nest in a yard off of Battle Point Drive on Bainbridge Island. A local resident found a neighborhood cat harassing the baby bird, with its parents flying around it in great distress. Because it was too young to fly and it had potentially been…

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