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Laura Matter — July 24, 10:46PM

I need to identify birds in Seattle

High flying, look like a seagull but flying in a pair, squawking as they fly not a familiar gull sound to me. Saw four together this morning. Flying toward salt water, south east to northwest over our yard daily. I cannot identify their call.

Jeff BIrek — July 25, 03:46PM

I live on Beacon Hill and often see the Ospreys behaving in that way. Ospreys are shaped a bit like stretched-out gulls. The juveniles are flying around learning how to fly and catch fish. They are very vocal at this exciting time of course. Cheers!

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Laura Matter — July 26, 12:07AM

That was my first thought when I saw them up so high and with their slim silhouette. The sounds are so different than osprey so it confuses me. I'll have to get the binoculars out and sit and wait around this weekend to see if I can catch more details. Thanks for,your answer.

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Filmore — July 26, 06:24AM

A camera wouldn't hurt, either.

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KBseattle — August 15, 02:25PM

Laura Matter - I have the same question! Have you learned the right answer? I suspect they're a type of gull. They just don't seem raptor-like to me. But they're not a common, local gull either. That screech is so distinctive. This is the first year I can recall hearing them in all my years in Seattle. Thanks for posting and thanks for the help!

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Brian G Self — August 20, 03:54PM

Hi Laura, your mystery birds may be Caspian Terns, very vocal in flight, look a lot like gulls.
I live in Vancouver B.C. and we have a lot around at the moment too, they frequently fly in pairs and often high up

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Jeff Birek — September 30, 06:04PM

Caspian Tern is a good thought, Brian! Is that it, Laura?

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