Photos. A male Common Golden Eye on the beach, Canada Geese on a roof, Malards at the Preserve’s detention pond.
Wood Chips. We need help with getting wood chips to the people who want them. There were four people requesting wood chips and instead this load was dumped at the Preserve. If you see a tree service with chips they want to get rid of, have them contact us and we will put them in contact with people who actually want them. The Preserve doesn’t need anymore at this time.
Timbers Edge Phase 1 Purchase Completes. It took awhile for everything to come together, but the purchase of 25.5 acres finally closed on September 29, 2015. Because state and some county funds were involved, an appraisal was needed to verify property values. Below is what we saw on Facebook today.
Wildlife Photos. Some fall wildlife photos. The squirrel has a chestnut in its mouth. It is interesting how close a person can get to the bucks during the rut when a doe is near. These were just outside of a netted garden area.
Swallows. Watched the two young swallows on the end on the gangway getting fed by their parents who were flying over the water catching bugs.
Flycatchers. We were not aware of flycatchers until we received the email below showing photos of 4 babies. Wikipedia notes its diet “As a flycatcher it will wait on a perch and when it sees a flying insect it will chase it without any apparent effort. They also enter swarms of gnats, mosquitoes and wherever such insects congregate. They fulfill an important role in keeping insect populations in check, particularly mosquitoes. and they also eat caterpillars and spiders.”
Illahee Flags. Nice to see flags flying in Illahee on the 4th of July.
That was clearly your favorite name for the new boat that’s coming to Bremerton in a couple years. Now I have to usher the name through the bureaucracy and get it picked by the state Transportation Commission.
The first Illahee served the state for 59 years before being abruptly yanked in 2007 because it was rusting away. It was scrapped in 2009.
Over the past couple months, you sent in dozens of names. They were whittled to three most popular — Illahee, Suquamish and Radulescu. In final voting last week, Illahee received more than half (179), though Suquamish (87) and Radulescu (84) also showed solid support.
It might’ve been more fun to crusade for Tony Radulescu, the state trooper shot to death during a traffic stop near Gorst in 2012. Many of you realized that would probably be in vain, however. The guidelines state that names honoring individuals should be avoided, but will be considered it the person has been dead for at least 20 years and has enduring fame. As beloved as Tony was, he doesn’t meet those criteria.
Several of you mentioned he deserved to be memorialized, but in a different way. Tony got more support from you than the votes indicate.
Radulescu also bucked the guideline that the name be consistent with existing fleet names. With the imminent retirement of the Evergreen State, they’ll all be tribal words.
Illahee fits. It means “land,” “country” or “place where one lives” in the Chinook language.
It’s also a pretty community three miles north of Bremerton overlooking Port Orchard Passage that was a former Mosquito Fleet stop. A nearby state park also adopted the name.
The naming process hasn’t officially begun. Washington State Ferries first has to sent the Transportation Commission a schedule for when it needs one. Then the commission will formally solicit names.
It’ll be up to me to build a case. I have to show how Illahee conforms to the ferry-naming guidelines, provide background, and get letters of support from local, regional and state bodies and officials. I’ll be pushing this as the people’s choice, so it would be great if you want to write up your thoughts and send them to me.
The proposals first go to the Transportation Commission’s ferry team, which reviews them for compliance. Eligible ones advance to the full commission, the ferry advisory committee executive council and Washington State Ferries for review and input. They’ll be posted on the Transportation Commission’s website for public comment. The full commission looks at all the input and the ferry team recommendation and makes its decision.
…the bear actually returned that same night for about 45 minutes. I think he took a nap after his initial feeding that afternoon. I added a couple of pics showing the height of the feeders and him easily reaching them.
My feeders have been down since the bear was here, but I have repaired them and intend to put them up again. They have suet cages on them in addition to the sunflower seeds. We really enjoy the variety of birds and mammals that feed on them. Next time they will be higher and further from the tree trunk
I think this bear was here two years ago, but we didn’t see him. I had different feeders then and he really mangled them. I first thought some raccoons were the culprits, but the tree had claw marks that were a full hand span wide. Obviously no raccoon. Probably this same bear and he is getting bigger!
On May 22, 2014, the Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program officially became Clean Water Kitsap. This program collects stormwater fees from properties in unincorporated Kitsap County in order to fund efforts to reduce pollution, specifically through reducing polluted runoff.
Jim, this big guy came to our back yard this afternoon. I had bird feeders that were suspended about 10-11 feet above the ground. He ripped the bottoms out of both and sat eating the black oil sunflower seeds for about 15 minutes. This is about 3 blocks south of the Brownsville elementary school. I called WILDCOM and reported the sighting. They said to remove the feeders when safe.
The guy said he may or may not stop by so I told him I would print out a few pictures for him and have them here if he does show, This was the biggest black bear I have ever seen and I’ve seen a lot in Montana.
Cormorant. Friday (11/1/13) was a quiet day at the dock for photos, except for a cormorant, and then a row boat.
Owl. Some great owl photos came in this morning. We are trying to begin our updates with photos, preferably of wildlife, so we especially appreciate those who forward their wildlife pictures.