Field Journal: Yesler Swamp

Yesterday I took a walk around Yesler Swamp, a newly opened and restored landscape on the north side of Union Bay. It was dramatically different from when I visited in September on Day 265 of my 365 Nature Project. Whereas in September the boardwalk was like walking through a dense, green jungle, today it was barren and brown and I could see through most of the landscape. The sky looked wide open with all the trees and shrubs bare and the brown and muddy ground was exposed. I could hear many birds; robins were flocking around the entrance, Song Sparrows were singing from perches all around the boardwalk and closer to the water, dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds trilled. 

When I arrived at the water I noticed ducks, a lot of them. Not that the water was covered in hundreds of ducks, but there were many different species of ducks, along with a Belted Kingfisher calling from a tree over the water. The list of ducks was impressive: Wood Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Common Merganser and Hooded Merganser. If I had spent more time there with my binoculars I’m betting I would have seen more in the small swamp. 

Kelly Brenner
Follow me
Latest posts by Kelly Brenner (see all)
Liked this? Take a second to support Kelly Brenner on Patreon!

Commenting area

  1. This is lovely Kelly – the sound is such an additional treat!! It would be really wonderful to see all those ducks together.

    What do you use to record sound BTW? I’d love to experiment with that up here!


    (It’s amazing to see all the images of your 365 (366) Days of Nature project all in one place – what an amazing project!)

Leave a Reply

You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>