After checking out the Montlake Fill on Wednesday, I decided to check out the nearby Laurelhurst Community Center as a possible future sketching spot. The building was promising and the views of the city from atop a high hill were excellent, but what impressed me most were the trees. There was a short path through some truly impressive maples -- I put Tru's stroller in front for scale:
Next we headed off to Magnuson Park where I'd heard reports of Pied-billed Grebe chicks.
On the way to the ponds, I spotted this Savannah Sparrow finding something to eat:
Next, I spotted a grebe on a nest:
On a different pond, I finally found a grebe with a chick -- see the tiny head poking out?
Nearby, a Great Blue Heron was fishing.
And a Northern Flicker worked on a nest hole.
There were lots of dragonflies about, including this Eight-Spotted Skimmer.
Another lovely outing all round.