[Tweeters] Ken Knittle

Vicki Biltz vickibiltz at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 16:55:47 PST 2020


This is such sad news about Ken. I remember he is birding with Patrick as
well. He was so good to Patrick, very supportive and their friendship
became vital to Patrick’s emotional health.
They made a super bird team. And such a friendship is rare.
Vicki Biltz.

On Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 1:04 PM Bruce LaBar <blabar at harbornet.com> wrote:


> So sorry to hear this news! Ken was a wonderful person and so helpful to

> me in finding birds in Washington when I first moved here.

>

> On Jan 7, 2020, at 11:44 AM, Tom Mansfield <birds at t-mansfield.com> wrote:

>

> 

>

> Laurie Knittle has asked me to let everyone know that Ken Knittle passed

> away at home in Hazel Dell (Vancouver) on Sunday evening, January 5. He

> was a month shy of his 70th birthday. The “Godfather of Washington

> Listing” and co-founder with Scott Ray of Washington Birder, Ken had been

> diagnosed having Parkinson’s in 2014 with complications from the disease

> curbing his ability to get out and bird. That said – an errant Ferruginous

> Hawk reported at Woodland Bottoms in October was just too good to pass up

> and it became his final tick (#221 for Cowlitz) on a *very long* statewide

> list. Ken was a remarkable friend, mentor, birder supreme – many of you

> reading this have special memories of his legendary field trips (and

> cornball humor – sheesh!). But, all kidding aside, he was all about the

> birds: he could hear them, he could make them visualize out of a canopy,

> he could get you on them no matter your skill, and there wasn’t a back road

> in Washington his tires (or mine!) hadn’t trod. He relished telling tales

> of birding with Patrick Sullivan – “DANG, we always had (*insert species*)

> at this location, every single time” and he was a familiar/friendly figure

> in the darndest birding places whether landfill, STP, park, cemetery, pier,

> tideflats, shoreline, meadow, field or mountaintop. There will be more

> details of Ken’s extraordinary contribution to Washington birding to come,

> as will details of a celebration of his life.

>

>

> Tick and job well done old friend, Tom Mansfield in Seattle.

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