[Tweeters] Bob Sundstrom, Gone Birding

Ellen Blackstone ellenblackstone at gmail.com
Mon May 17 11:03:24 PDT 2021

Hello, Tweeters,

Sad news here about Bob Sundstrom from his wife, Sally Alhadeff.

Take care, Everyone,
Ellen Blackstone

Bob Sundstrom passed away on May 16, 2021, after a recurrence of
leukemia. He died comfortably and in good spirits at his home in the
country along Scatter Creek in south Thurston County, in the company of
his wife, Sally Alhadeff and their three cats. He was 69.

Birds were a great love for Bob, as well as his career. He earned a
living as a full-time professional birder: leading tours to many parts
of the world for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, conducting van trips from
Mercer Island, teaching, and writing for radio. For thirty years Bob
taught Birding by Ear for Seattle Audubon Society, helping many to know
and appreciate the voices of birds.

His writer’s voice will continue to be heard through nearly 900
BirdNote radio stories he authored as Lead Writer. He continued writing
into his final days, including a final story on May 14. He thanks
founder Chris Peterson and Executive Director Sallie Bodie for the
opportunity to be part of the BirdNote team. He was overwhelmed by the
gratitude expressed for his career work in his last months.

Bob liked to say that birds were his day job, but not his obsession.
When not birding or writing, Bob loved books, music, bicycling, and
single malt Scotch. He and Sally took great pleasure in gardening and
tending the natural habitats on their rural acres. He became a great
admirer of classic literature and poetry. He earned his Ph.D. in
cultural anthropology at the University of Washington.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sally Alhadeff, brother Bill Sundstrom, and
nephews Ethan and Erin Sundstrom. His loving parents, Mary and Bill, are
deceased. He thanks many friends and colleagues, the Olympia Unitarian
Universalist congregation, and Sally’s family for their loving support.

Sally and Bob had 28 wonderful years together. They loved watching the
swallows glide and the ravens soar above their camas-covered meadow
along Scatter Creek.

If you’d like to leave a remembrance in Bob’s name, please consider a
donation to BirdNote (birdnote.org).

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