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 holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.