[Tweeters] Bob Sundstrom, Gone Birding

Paul Bannick paul.bannick at gmail.com
Tue May 18 03:59:11 PDT 2021


I meant to say “kind and unassuming”

Please forgive the typo

On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 8:46 PM Paul Bannick <paul.bannick at gmail.com> wrote:

> What a huge loss! Bob was a kind, assuming but brilliant man. Bob also

> showed me my first wild Pygmy-Owl. Several years later he impressed me

> when I showed him a photo of a Washington Pygmy-Owl and he was able to tell

> me from what region of Washington it hailed based upon the color.


> There is so much more to remember and share but I am sure others will

> chime in. I for one am glad I met him.


> On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 11:04 AM Ellen Blackstone <

> ellenblackstone at gmail.com> wrote:


>> Hello, Tweeters,


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


>> Take care, Everyone,

>> Ellen Blackstone

>> Seattle

>> =================



>> 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.

>> (https://www.birdnote.org/messages-bob-sundstrom)



>> 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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