Signs of Spring in Seattle's Magnuson Park

by Sally James

I've been a frequent visitor to the wetland at Magnuson Park in North Seattle. Over years of visiting, I've come to recognize the sounds and sights of the seasonal changes. One of my favorites in Spring is listening to the dueling red-wing blackbird calls.

 The coloring of a red-winged blackbird is striking. These birds are common across the US. Photo by Tomas Corsini.

The coloring of a red-winged blackbird is striking. These birds are common across the US. Photo by Tomas Corsini.

I also like seeing the gradual emergence of leaves on the bushes and trees, and the return of migratory swallows. Recently I watched a small hawk, probably a merlin, hunt by darting between tree limbs in a thickly forested area.

You can see quite a few different species in a short walk around the wetland.

Banner photo by Sally James