News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


The coyote of Maple Leaf?

January 20th, 2015 by Mike

Greg emails under the subject line: “Coyote spotted in Maple Leaf”:

Not sure if someone else sent this tip in, but we saw this guy last Thursday on the corner of Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th street at 8:20am. He looked pretty happy and comfortable…not sure if he is a regular.

Given that Thornton Creek cuts though Maple Leaf, this seems possible.

(Maybe he’s on his way to class at Olympic View Elementary.)

Any other sitings?

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Masked Dog Oasis bandit caught in act

February 17th, 2012 by Mike

On Thursday afternoon Holly emailed us:

I spotted this critter at about 3:30 feasting on dog biscuits at the doggie oasis. I shooed him away and screwed the lid back on the “raccoon-proof” thermos, and stepped back only to watch the raccoon climb back over the fence, lay the thermos on its side, and spin the lid off again. I shooed him away again and put the lid on even tighter. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Urban wildlife. Harrumph.

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A sunflower TWICE the size of commen men

August 29th, 2011 by Mike

We know it’s late summer, and we know the weather’s been good for weeks – but this is a bit much. Or maybe a lot much.

Linda emails:

Greetings! My husband and I are organic urban farmers/gardeners in Maple Leaf.

See attached photo of this amazingly tall sunflower in our yard! Is this what happens to plants when the sun finally comes out in Seattle???!!! My husband is 5′ 8″ for reference.

She and Walter didn’t even plant this monster – it volunteered and grew to a mere 5 feet before they left in early July for a month in Europe.

“When we returned on August 6 the height shocked us.  Since then it’s just gotten taller and taller!  We estimate it’s about 14 feet tall now.  The flowers are finally opening; starting at the top but it’s loaded with buds up and down.”

In urban wildlife news, Linda also reports that a sharp-shinned hawk visiting her 5,000-square-foot yard has been trying for song birds. “And finally, had a Lourquins Admiral butterfly visit our veggie garden this past week too!”

She attached a photo of their front gardens from late June.

Any other exceptional garden photos out there?

Photos courtesy Linda Versage

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