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A Red-breasted sign of winter's cold

November 30th, 2014 by Mike

During a cold snap (21 degrees this morning in Maple Leaf) this bird is sometimes seen here instead of in the hills.

“A few birds reliably move into residential areas during the winter months” or after a snowstorm, Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound says about the Red-breasted Sapsucker.

This bird is on a Deodar Cedar at Maple Leaf Life South.

“With its scarlet hood, the Red-breasted Sapsucker is the most brightly colored of the North American sapsuckers,” the book, by Chris C. Fisher, states.

“The Red-breasted Sapsucker is one of the easiest woodpeckers to identify by sound. It often meows like a cat, and its territorial drumming sound like random Morse code.”

In Birds of Washington, author Stan Tekiela notes it is “most common in  higher elevations, it is rare in residential areas or city parks.”

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Snow's heading south on Black Friday…plus downtown protests

November 28th, 2014 by Mike

4:35 p.m.

2:50 p.m.:

2:47 p.m. Weather service issues Winter Weather Advisory from 9 p.m. to 11 a.m.


2:15 p.m. Maple Leaf outside temperature was 53 degrees at 7:30 a.m. Now 37 degrees.

2 p.m. Twitter reports mix of snow and rain in Shoreline.

1:45 p.m. National Weather Service in Seattle notes: “We have heard reports of snow mixed in with the rain in parts of King and Snohomish counties. This is due to the moderate rain bringing some snow down to the surface. However, no accumulation is expected.”

Then, this:

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Next Maple Leaf Community meeting is Jan. 30

January 17th, 2013 by master

Join your neighbors on Jan. 30 to discuss some of the issues that are important to fellow Maple Leafers!

The January Maple Leaf General Community Meeting is from 7-9 p.m. at the Olympic View Elementary School Cafeteria, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free licensed child care service will be provided.

The main topic of the meeting will be transportation challenges, which are front and center in many Maple Leaf neighbors’ minds after last week’s bus fire on Interstate 5 that brought traffic both on the freeway and through Maple Leaf to a standstill.

But cars aren’t the only topic bound to come up in the transportation discussion, which likely also will include pedestrians, bicycles, buses and more. You’re invited to share you concerns with the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board, along with representatives of local government agencies who have been invited.

Other topics at the meeting will include:

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Winter ends – for now. It's above freezing!

January 20th, 2012 by Mike

The sun, seen here through the branches of one of Maple Leaf’s heritage trees, made a brief appearance late this morning. Then came the rain.

Skier at the Maple Leaf Community Garden, around noon.


It’s 34 degrees outside at 8 a.m., and rising through the day. In fact, there are no freezing temperatures in the National Weather Service forecast.

It’s still a mess out there, though. The arterials are pretty good – but the snow on sidewalks and side streets is compacted and slipperier than Thursday. There’s a community council road report here.

No residential garbage collection today and only limited commercial service.

Road conditions permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume tomorrow — with customers scheduled for pickup today collected Saturday.

If your materials are not picked up, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Missed customers will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge.

Oh, and the city wants YOUR help clearing storm drains. Video here.

And look, the Seattle Times found our igloo!

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