Wet and Soggy baby sparrow

Soggy Baby Bird

This little sparrow was sitting on our deck the other morning.  She looked so bedraggled and sad.

If I stare into the window long enough food will appear

If I stare into the window long enough food will appear

A steady stare into our window is a clear sign she knows bread will be offered soon.  They learn early that this house has a soft spot for birds.

See how cute she was only a day or two earlier.  All downy and fluffy still. Baby feathers still in place.

Fluffy on a sunny day

Fluffy on a sunny day

Then she turned a little more and I saw that not only was she wet but she had been pecked. The fluff on the back of her head was missing and she had a scab forming.  Either her parents were tired of the baby-feed-me routine or another bird species thought this baby was in their way or might taste good.

Who took a chunk of fluff off the top of my head?

Who took a chunk of fluff off the top of my head?

Every morning I look for this baby with a bald head.  Hope she made it.

Nest Platform at Green River

Green River Curve’s Osprey

There was a lot to see today on my Green River Trail adventure today. It went from my bridge history photo shoot to a vertigo moment under I-5 bridges to this Osprey nesting platform. Along this piece of the trail they have three viewing booths even. So, lovely to see nature at her best right next to a commercial trucking company’s distribution hub.

Osprey nesting platform on Green River

Osprey nesting platform on Green River

This bird of prey got out of the nest and posed for me next.

Osprey platform in Tukwila, WA

Osprey platform in Tukwila, WA

In reality she was just looking for a good fish meal but I like to flatter myself at times that the birds do pose for me.

Osprey watching his world

Osprey watching his world

Codiga Bridge from Allentown over Rails and I-5

I-5, Trains and the Green River

The Green River Trail meanders along a lovely river.  However, to the other side is industry which includes trains, freeways and a view of the Codiga Bridge (the above picture shows how it crosses the rails and I-5). Let us start with the loveliness of river life – an older farmhouse and a backyard retreat of 60’s orange chairs.

Green River farmhouse

Green River farmhouse

Green River and two Orange Chairs

Green River and two Orange Chairs

Orange chairs watching me

Orange chairs watching me

This pastoral view disappeared as I went under the freeway.  I was so astounded by the noise and how it created a sense of vertigo.   I hovered between the river, the freeway and the train. Here is the view looking up.  Massive cement and steel over my head and as I just mentioned I was overtaken by a form of dizziness from the energy and noise it was creating.

Under I-5 on the Green River Trail

Under I-5 on the Green River Trail

The the train started to move across the river which gave me an opportunity to take a video to share how it all felt.  The noise you hear may trick you.   It has a train like sound, however, it is not the train but the sound of the freeway traffic going over the bridge above.

Fluffy baby

Fluffy on the fence

It is fluffy baby bird time.  Just look around and you can see this wonder of nature. Outside my dinning room window is a world of little chicks growing up right on our fence.

Sparrow feeding time

Sparrow feeding time

Baby peeking at me

Baby peeking at me

Fluffy Baby Sparrows

Fluffy Baby Sparrows

Steel Bridge up close

Riverton Bridge – new & old

Last week I walked down the Green River Trail and showed you a photo looking down the river to the Riverton Bridge.   Today, I started where I left off on the trail, which is right across from the new and old bridge site.

http://wp.me/p1d1cX-15q – this is the link to last week’s post.

The old bridge has been gone almost 100 years and the new one isn’t a spring chicken either.  I found a photo on Historylink.org that they had up from the King County Archives.

Riverton Draw Bridge - King County Archives photo & History Link

Riverton Draw Bridge – King County Archives photo & History Link

Next here is a good look at the old mid river island that held the old draw bridge up.

Riverton Bridge - island and pilings all left

Riverton Bridge – island and pilings all that is left

Just a tad bit to the south and in a much better location here is the mid-century steel bridge.

New Bridge down from old Riverton Bridge

New Bridge down from old Riverton Bridge

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Duwamish meets the Green River Bridges

Wandered around the Green River Trail today at a place where the Duwamish Waterway becomes the Green River.

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There have been many bridges in this area over the years and this trail gave me some shots of both old and new.   Well, the old are just pilings but you will see what I mean.

The featured image at the top is looking south from a small pedestrian bridge that goes to Allentown.  It has the current bridge in its view, however, look closely for a little island.  That is all that is left of one of the first bridges built here – the Riverton Draw Bridge.  On Historylink.org, they talk about how this existed from 1903 until it was demolished in 1927.   This bridge was originally built for people and horse carriages.  Soon after it was built it started transporting automobiles.  The west side had a very dangerous approach that crossed the Interurban train tracks.  Several fatal accidents occurred there.  Here are two pictures of the bridge I was standing on and the north view.

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Footbridge over the Green River at Allentown

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North view down the Green River – That is the modern firehouse at the curve.

Continuing to the north around this bend, is where you will see a new bridge for cars, the Light rail bridge, pilings from some other old bridge or dock and dual bridge towers from what I think is the Interurban Train’s bridge.  I can’t confirm that anywhere but it seems to be about the right place for it.

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Old Bridge piers on the south side of the Green River

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Looking across the Green River to the North side old bridge piers. Is this the old Interurban rail bridge?

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See the three pilings to the left of the large old bridge supports? Are they another bridge or just an old dock. There is a cement pad above them.

Next you can see the old farm-house that is boarded up because of the newer Light rail system that goes by it.  That concrete bridge is the Light Rail raised track.

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Old Farm house & Light rail bridge in Duwamish. Check out the goose, he came up to greet me looking for treats.

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Got Food?

Next you can see the Hwy 99 bridge with Boeing Office Building in the distance.

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This is a 2000 replacement bridge.

In this photo of crow post sitting you can see the footbridge that crosses back over the river to the park where I parked.

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Every trail head has a prankster and see what I found.   A little blue guy waving goodbye to you.

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Blue Man at Cecil Moses Park.