Friday, July 22, 2016

Lost Bulova Watch

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:

I lost my silver wrist watch, Bulova brand, that was given to me by my daughter and son-in-law about 10 years ago, while on a walk around the neighborhood on Saturday, July 16.  
I took an hour walk in Laurelhurst up and down and around a number of hilly streets.  It is not especially expensive but has great sentimental value.  I was probably on 9 or 10 different streets minimally. Someone who does not live on the streets I'd walked on could still have picked it up.

Please email if you have information.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Osprey Nest Seen On Union Bay After Decades Long Absence

Here is a recent post from the "Union Bay Watch" Blog published by Larry Hubbell, long-time photographer and birder about the local herons. 

Here also is an in-depth article about Larry and his work.

Union Bay Watch

For the first time in decades, and quite possibly in over a hundred years, there are young Osprey in a nest on Union Bay! Under time pressure and against the odds Chester and Lacey have produced three beautiful young chicks. Chester is the male with extended wings while Lacey, the female, is the larger bird who is ducking down on the left.

Connie Sidles (Master Birder and renown Union Bay Author) says that while she has been birding Union Bay, since 1982, she has never before seen an osprey nest here. She also looked up an account in the 1951 book "Union Bay: Life of a City Marsh". The book relayed an earlier story about an osprey nest in Union Bay being shot up, presumably by fishermen, during a time when Seattle was growing rapidly. Connie guessed that the most likely time frame for the incident was between 1900 and 1915, which implies that it may have been a hundred years or more since osprey where allowed to nest on Union Bay. Either way, it has been a very long time and hopefully this nest full of young osprey is a sign of a growing harmony with nature.

The parents have had a challenging spring. Their first nesting attempt was dismantled, just before they could lay eggs, because the light pole location which was deemed unhealthy for the UW baseball fans. 

At the last possible moment the osprey finally decided to use the new platform and pole, graciously paid for by the UW Athletic department, built by Jim Kaiser from Osprey Solutions and located in the Union Bay Natural Area. A special thanks to Fred Hoyt and David Zuckerman for accepting the nesting platform into the UW Botanical Gardens. 

Due to the abrupt, last minute decision, the osprey did not get much of a nest built. Now, even while young are wandering about the nest, they are still building.

Chester brings in the lumber.

Lacey, who actually spends more time in the nest, takes over the actual renovations. Chester's name comes from the fact that he has a pure, white chest.

I suspect their current nest building goal is primarily to erect guard rails. 

When you look at the skinny, flightless wings of their young it is easy to see why keeping them in the nest is critical.

Just like with humans the young mimic their parents. 

Lacey notices another issue.

She springs forward and makes an adjustment. 

Lacey's name comes from the fact that females often have a necklace of brown speckles across their chests. You may also want to note the dark brown shape on her forehead.

The markings on Chester's forehead shows a bit more white than Lacey's and a slightly different shape. I do not believe the forehead markings relate to differences between males and females. I am wondering if they might be like fingerprints among humans and turn out to be unique among individual osprey.

After suppling food for the family Chester went out and got his own lunch.

While Chester was attempting to eat, this third osprey approached the nest. It did not take Chester long to react. 

Note: This is a good opportunity to note that mature osprey have yellow irises.

Chester grabbed his lunch and gave chase. The intruder was soon sent on its way. 

In this photo of Chester you can see another feature that, at least currently, makes him easier to identify. The third primary from the front (P8) on his left wing is only halfway grown-in. Unlike mallards, osprey do not lose all their flight feathers at once. This means that osprey are able to fly and fish everyday, all-year-round and do not have to go through a annual, flightless-stage.

You can see a similar situation regarding Lacey's first primary (P10) and two of her middle retrices or tail feathers, which are not fully grown-in.

So now that you have had a chance to get to know our two adult Osprey, Can you tell whether this is Lacey or Chester? It is pretty obvious when you look at those tail feathers, isn't it.

When the sun comes out Lacey often moves to the south side of the nest. If you look close you can see that she has her wings slightly extended. 

This mantling is usually done to protect something. In this case I believe she is protecting the young from the heat of the sun.

There are however other issues of protection. Approximately once an hour, one of the local bald eagles from the Talaris' nest flew across Union Bay, while I watched. Even though the eagles were not flying directly toward the the osprey nest, one of both of the osprey would immediately spring into action. 

Chester gets the upper hand and dives toward the larger eagle. The eagle rolled over in  mid-air and exposed its talons. Even though the eagle is the dominant bird each time it moved on and left the osprey alone.

During the next few months there are a lots of questions that will get answered. 
  1. Will the osprey be able to successfully raise their young and defend their nest from the larger more dominant eagles? 
  2. Will the irises of the young osprey's eyes turn a bright orangish-red as they grow? Some times they just turn brown, before ultimately turning yellow like the adults. 
  3. Will there be enough food to feed all three young birds? Often only two survive. 
  4. Will all the young birds successfully learn to fly? Fledging can be the most dangerous time in a birds life. 
  5. Will the young birds spend the winter in Seattle or migrate south like their parents? 
After a hundred years young osprey are growing up on Union Bay and it is certainly something to celebrate, however, it is just the beginning. It is the beginning for the young birds and the challenges they must face. It is also a beginning for us - Union Bay residents. We have made a step in the right direction, but we still have many opportunities in front of us, if we want to truly live in harmony with nature.

Have a great day on Union Bay...where once again osprey nest in the city!


A Little Osprey History:

2016 - May - Osprey Update - Nest Building

2016 - May - The Aerie Life - Platform Accepted (Scroll Down in the Post)

2016 - April - A Symbiotic Hope - Lightpole Nest Rejected

2016 - April - Dancing With Osprey - Platform Rejected

2015 - June - Development - Platform Approved (Scroll Down in the Post)

2015 - May - Opportunity Knocks - Platform Suggested

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Car Wheels/Tires Stolen From Long-Time Parked Car Near Katterman's

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:

On the night of July 11th, someone decided to steal the four wheels/tires from this vehicle parked at the northwest corner of 47th Avenue NE and NE 54th Street near Katterman's. Police were called and responded.
The car, still parked there, has not been moved for over a month and has very expired tags. Before that, it was sitting around the corner for weeks.  Before that, around another corner where it collected a "move in 72 hours or it gets towed sticker."  So someone has reported this vehicle to the proper department.   
The vehicle belongs to the brother of a neighbor who lives on the street and neighbors have no idea where the brother is or where he lives.  I don't know the brother's situation,  maybe he's serving in the military or something?  
Regardless of how long its been sitting there, at least it was washed recently after the moss was hiding it's real color, it is disturbing to know somebody is lurking around our neighborhoods at night willing and prepared to steal our stuff.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Deer Sightings Near Talaris And Lots of Rabbits

Deer spotted at
Center for Urban Horticulture

The Laurelhurst Blog has received emails from several neighbors about seeing deer:

A male deer walked by our house on NE 41st Street and walked along the Talaris grass then headed west.
Last week a deer walked by our house on NE 38th Street and 42nd Avenue NE.  We watched it walk around the corner at the bottom of Suicide Hill. 
We saw a deer at the Union Bay Natural Area.  I hope this young buck finds a doe to join him before Fall. This deer is a nice addition to the great charm of UBNA.  Hopefully no one will feel the need to murder him as the Talaris owner did to the three resident coyotes.

A representative from the Center of Urban Horticulture said:

We have seen the buck around a fair amount.  It is a great pleasure.  We think they are swimming in from other locations.  Let’s hope there is a female coming.

Neighbors are also curious about the rabbits in the area saying:

Seems as if there has been an explosion in the number of rabbits in the neighborhood.  I noticed it way before SDOT's "restoration" work began, and before the 3 coyotes were murdered at Talaris. Rabbits (cottontails?), young as well as mature, can now be seen pretty much everywhere in the Town of Yesler, as well as in UBNA of course.  I have seen them, mainly late in the day,  anywhere south of 44th street, as far as I am concerned..

A representative from the Center of Urban Horticulture said:

When I spoke with the USDA regarding the coyote incident we chatted about the upswing in the rabbit population.  It is apparently a peak throughout western Washington.  This was a good reason to have the coyotes around.  The rabbits have been seen in large numbers all over Seattle.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tonight Laurelhurst Community Club Meeting And Agenda

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) is holding its monthly Board meeting tonight at 7pm at the Laurelhurst Community Center in the Fireside Room. All are welcome.

Here is the agenda:


· Calls/Concerns from neighbors
· Announcements

· CUCAC Update

· Crime Prevention

· Traffic/Pedestrian Safety

· SR520 update on noise and lighting, other impacts to neighbors living close to bridge and upcoming "West of Rest" impacts

· Mayor’s Plan to Abandon Neighborhoods

One neighbor's view:

The mayor wants to have underrepresented communities - ethnic, renters, etc. who don't participate in District Council to be represented though historically they don't participate in Councils and City issues. The Mayor wants to hear from them and set up a new community Council with Mayoral picked people.  The Mayor also wants to eliminate funding for the District Council, which could result in the demise and is disrespecting neighborhoods. He doesn't want to hear from them anymore.  He want livability, rather than following land use and affordability issues, such as having two cottages on a a single family lot. The Mayor has different ideas on those issues and how to create more affordable  housing when there is no proof.  He appears to be totally disrespecting neighborhoods and the long-time Councils that have represented them.

· Reorienting District Councils

Information and Background:
As envisioned 25+ years ago, Seattle's Neighborhood District Council system is a neighborhood based, bottom up, grassroots structure established by Resolution 27709. The Neighborhood District Council / City Neighborhood Council structure is the only Seattle Board/Commission where members are self-elected and not appointed by the City.

Seattle City Council issued a Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI #18-2-A-1) to the Department of Neighborhoods (DoN) during the budget cycle last year requesting a plan be developed to reorient their programs around the new City Council District structure with a primary focus on the Neighborhood District Coordinator program and a goal for more equitable community engagement. The plan should include proposals for changes or modifications to the Neighborhood District Coordinators program, including proposals for updated job descriptions, protocols for working with District Councilmembers, and improvements to the City’s relationship to the existing District Councils and City Neighborhood Council. View DoN's Initial SLI Response.
The Department's interviews were limited in scope. The City Neighborhood Council (CNC) is seeking input from Seattle neighborhoods to inform its response and appreciates your time in taking the survey.

Other helpful links with information:

· Other Reports

· Adjourn 

Friday, July 15, 2016

June Laurelhurst Real Estate Summary

Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report:

recently sold home on NE 38th Street

For the month of June, there were only five new listings in the neighborhood, and three of those went pending in less than 10 days.

One of the highest listed homes at 4939 NE Laurelcrest Lane, near the Laurelhurst Beach Club,  went pending at $10,400,000 and recently sold for $9,750,00 after 274 days on the market.  The 9,762 square foot single family home, built in 1989, has 6 bedrooms and 5.25 bathrooms and features a pool, private dock and a spa/cabana with a sauna and  hot tub.

A home at 3379 47th Avenue NE, a classic mid-century modern home with floor to ceiling windows and SE lake views, sold last moth for almost 20% over asking. It was listed $1,395,000 and closed with six offers for $1,720,000.   The home was designed by Keith Kolb, Seattle architect who worked w/Walter Gropius of Germanys Bauhaus school at the Architects Collaborative in Cambridge and  later with Decker, Kolb & Stansfield in Seattle.

Needless to say the demand for homes in Laurelhurst remains brisk and strong.


List Price
Sold Price
Price p/sq.ft
4710 47th Ave NE
3543 46th Ave NE
3825 48th Ave NE
3638  49th Ave NE
3379 47th Ave NE
4546 48th Ave NE
3910 48th Pl NE


List Price
Price p/sq.ft
4712 NE 40th St
5126 NE 42nd St
3818 46th Ave NE
4311 55th Ave NE
5155 NE Laurelcrest Ln
* Currently Pending

Pending Inspection

List Price
Price p/sq.ft.
3543 46th Ave NE
*Listed in May


List Price
Price p/sq.ft.
4311 55th Ave NE
5155 NE Laurelcrest Ln
4939 NE Laurelcrest Ln
* Listed in May