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2006

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - Limit 14
Samish and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian Bell
8:00 AM, NE 145th St. P&R

This is a great time for raptors and waterfowl on the Samish and Skagit Flats. Look for eagles, hawks, perhaps several falcons, owls, and Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. Come prepared for wet or windy weather, and carry lunch and liquids. Take a WDFW parking sticker if you have one, plus money for the ferry. Scopes helpful. Back early evening.
 

Saturday, January 14, 2006 - Limit 12
Sequim
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Sequim offers great birding, particularly in winter. We will visit all the interesting spots, likely to include Port Gamble, Salsbury Point, John Wayne Marina, and more on the way to Sequim. Lee will find loons, grebes, waterfowl, alcids, and passerines in the woods. Take lunch, water, and money for the ferry. Dress for the weather. Over early evening.
 

Sunday, January 15, 2006 - Limit 8
Vashon Island
Leaders: Alan Huggins and Sue Trevathan
8:00 AM, Lincoln Park upper parking lot

Vashon’s bays and ponds are rich in mid-winter with salt- and freshwater aquatics, including loons, grebes, wigeons, scoters, scaups, goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Green-winged Teals, etc. Meet in the upper parking lot at Lincoln Park. Take lunch and liquids, plus money (at least $4 for roundtrip ferry). Return mid-afternoon.
 

Friday, January 20, 2006 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Paul & Barbara Webster
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Winter is an excellent time to explore Whidbey Island. We’ll look for seabirds, ducks, gulls, raptors, and unusual winter visitors like the Yellow-billed Loon. Wear warm clothes and take rain gear. Rubber boots are helpful around Crockett Lake. Pack food, liquids, and ferry money. Scopes are helpful. Back by early evening.
 

Sunday, January 22, 2006 - Limit 15
Snohomish
Leader: David Swayne
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll drive the back roads in search of waterfowl, raptors, and passerines. Red-tailed Hawks abound, Rough-legged Hawks are likely, and a Gyrfalcon is a possibility. The hedgerows are home to a variety of sparrows. Take food and drink; wear waterproof footwear and rain gear for walking. Over by late afternoon.
 

Sunday, January 29, 2006 - Limit 12
Elwha/Ediz Hook/Sequim/Dungeness
Leaders: John Friars and Rick Sanders
6:15 AM, Ravenna P&R

Elwha gives us good looks at several gull species, Harlequin and Long-tailed Ducks, and Black Oystercatchers. Ediz Hook is often good for Rock Sandpipers and other shorebirds. The varied upland and shore habitats at Sequim/Dungeness round out our possibilities. Take food and drink. Dress for weather; scopes are good. Home by early evening.
 

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - Limit 15
Nisqually NWR
Leader: Fran Wood
8:00 AM, MOHAI P&R

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is known for its diversity of habitats and variety of waterfowl, raptors, and passerines. Depending on the weather, hunting closures, and our energy, we may cover 5.5 miles of level trails and elevated boardwalks (part is wheelchair accessible). Take $3 for individual entrance fee or your Golden Eagle or Golden Age pass. Pack lunch and liquids. Return late afternoon.
 

Saturday, February 4, 2006 - Limit 11
Point No Point to Gibson Spit
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:15 AM, Ravenna P&R

Beginning at Point No Point on Admiralty Inlet, we’ll work west to Gibson Spit at the mouth of Sequim Bay. We should find a good mix of species, including alcids, ducks, grebes, loons, and more. Take lunch and liquids, plus money for the ferry and a possible stop for coffee. Dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Back by mid-evening.
 

Sunday, February 5, 2006 - Limit 15
Stanwood and Port Susan Bay
Leader: Mark Moon
6:15 AM, Ravenna P&R

Stanwood and nearby Port Susan Bay are good in winter for Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans, lots of smaller waterfowl, and raptors. Come dressed for the weather with waterproof footwear for walking wet and windy dikes. Take lunch and money for park admission (Kayak Point). Return early evening.
 

Sunday, February 5, 2006 - Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Pier 62/63 Seattle Waterfront

Join us for a half-day search for the city’s Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks, as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available. Take latte money and a spotting scope, too, if possible. Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - Limit 14
Samish & Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian Bell
8:00 AM, NE 145th St. P&R

This is a great time for raptors and waterfowl. Expect eagles, hawks, owls, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and maybe as many as five species of falcons. Sparrows hide in the hedgerows.  Come prepared for wet or windy weather, and carry lunch and liquids. Take a WDFW parking sticker if you have it, and money for the ferry. Scopes helpful. Back early evening.
 

Saturday, February 18, 2006 - Limit 14
Kitsap Peninsula/Sequim
Leader: Peter Klein
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

This area is excellent for a wide variety of loons, grebes, alcids, waterfowl, raptors, and sparrows, plus other passerines. We usually see many species of waterfowl, including Eurasian Wigeons and Long-tailed Ducks. Be prepared for wet, windy weather. Take lunch, liquids, and money for the ferry. Return early evening.
 

Sunday, February 19, 2006 - Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
8:30 AM, north parking lot near Tennis court

This is a good time to visit Luther Burbank Park.  Ducks such as Canvasback, Ring-necked, American Wigeon, and Goldeneye seek protected waters.  Fox Sparrows spend the winter, and the Bald Eagles are always around.  Four species of grebe may be seen.  Dress for cold wet weather.  Trails may be very muddy.  Also, this is an off-leash dog park.  Back by noon.
 

Sunday, February 19, 2006 - Limit 11
Stanwood, Samish and Skagit Flats
Leader: Tom Weir
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Winter is a great time for raptors and waterfowl on the Flats.  We’ll hope to see owls and falcons along with eagles, hawks, and swans.  Scopes a plus.  Bring raingear, warm clothing, lunch, and liquids.  Bring a WDFW parking sticker if you have it.  Back late afternoon.
 

Friday, February 24, 2006 - Limit 5
Samish Flats and Whidbey Island
Leader:  Alan Roedel
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll head North to look for lingering hawks and passerines and travel down the length of Whidbey Island to walk a bit and look for seabirds.  There will definitely be a coffee stop.  We’ll catch the Clinton ferry and return to the P&R by 6:30 p.m.  Dress for weather  and bring lunch and a scope if you have one.
 

Saturday, February 25, 2006 - Limit 10
Port Townsend/Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We will stop at Mystery Bay and Fort Flagler State Park.  Last year’s trip-list included Long-tailed Ducks, Black Turnstones, and Ancient Murrelets.   Scopes a plus.  Bring lunch, and money for ferry, park fees, and gas.  Dress for short walks in blustery weather.  Return late afternoon.
 

Saturday, February 25, 2006 - Limit 9
Seward Park
Leader: Sam Woods
8:00 AM, Parking lot by tennis courts

We will explore both the shoreline of Lake Washington and the interior old-growth forest.  Expect to see the many winter specialties of both waterfowl and forest birds, as well as the resident Bald Eagle and Pileated Woodpecker.  Anticipate walking 3 miles on relatively easy terrain.  Dress for weather.  Scopes useful.  Back by noon
 

Saturday, March 4, 2006 - Limit 8
Spencer Island (Snohomish County)
Leader: Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

The mixture of habitats here presents an opportunity for a wide variety of species, including birds of prey, woodpeckers, ducks and shorebirds. Dress warmly, prepare for possible rain and bring a sack lunch.  Back mid-afternoon.
 

Saturday, March 4, 2006 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Environmental Ed Pavilion

Enter on NE 65th street; EEP will be on the right (South) before the boat parking lot.  Bus #75 stops at the 65th street park entrance.  Children accompanied by an adult are welcome.  We’ll be looking at common Seattle winter residents and end along  the lake with the ducks.  Expect 4 hours of walking.  Over early afternoon.  Scopes a plus.  Bring rain gear.
 

Saturday, March 11, 2006 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leaders: Christine Vadai
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll explore the Nisqually delta for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bittern, owls, and perhaps otter or mink.  Bring lunch. Scopes and raingear recommended.  We plan to walk the 5.5 mile loop so good hiking shoes, water and snacks also recommended.  Return estimated at 4 p.m.
 

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - Limit 14
Vantage to Ellensburg
Leader: Brian Bell
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

We will search out the sage birds (Sage and Brewer’s Sparrows, Sage Thrasher), then continue to the Columbia River overlook (perhaps ducks, loons, falcons).  We’ll start back to Ellensburg for late-remaining raptors.  If time allows, we will take the back way to Cle Elum, looking for prairie birds.  Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids, scopes helpful.  Back by late afternoon or early evening.
 

Sunday, March 19, 2006 - Limit: 7
South Kitsap/Manchester/Rich and Colvos Passages
Leader: Alan Huggins
8:00 AM, Lincoln Park, upper parking lot, carpool to Fauntleroy ferry

This area offers shoreline, bays and ponds for close viewing of shorebirds, loons, grebes, pond and sea ducks in early breeding plumage and amorous antics. Ferry crossing also offers 40 min. of good birding each way. Bring food, liquids and money for ferry. Dress for weather. Scopes helpful. Return late afternoon.
 

Sunday, March 19, 2006 - Limit: 12
Lake Hills Greenbelt
Leader: Megan Lyden
8:00 AM, Lake Hills Community Garden Demonstration Site

(SE 16thStreet, just northwest of the intersection of SE 16th Street and 156th Ave. SE. in Bellevue.  Meet in the parking lot)

Join us for a leisurely walk around Larson Lake, listening for spring singers! The greenbelt trail is approximately 2 miles of easy walking through woods and wetlands.  This walk will be geared towards beginning birders and would be a good walk for young birders, too.  If time allows, we will finish with a walk over to Phantom Lake, to look for activity at our resident Red-tailed Hawk nest.  Bring your binoculars, snack and fluids.  Over at noon.
 

Saturday, March 25, 2006
Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island
Special Boat Trip, $55
Leader: George Gerdts
9:00 AM, Winslow City Docks

Enjoy the circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island on charter cruiser “My Girl,” with excellent viewing from covered outside decks or comfortable inside seating. We’ll visit Eagle Harbor, Blakeley Rock, Restoration Point, Rich Passage, port Orchard, Agate Passage, and Puget Sound.  Great for cormorants, loons, grebes, sea ducks, birds of the rocky shore, Bald Eagles, and great scenery.  After you register, George will send forms and directions.  Audubon gets 20% of the cost of the trip.
 

Sunday, March 26, 2006 - Limit: 15
Ballard Locks
Leader: Penny Rose
7:00 AM, Locks parking lot (NW 54th St.)

We will search the Ballard Locks for wintering waterfowl, perhaps kingfishers, grebes, and gulls. The surrounding arboretum grounds may yield woodpeckers, kinglets, wrens, sparrows, and possibly early returning migrating songbirds. We'll also visit the nearby Great Blue Heronry. Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - Limit: 9
Nisqually NWR
Leader: Bert Dudley
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Nisqually is a wonderful place to walk through a variety of habitats and listen to the sounds of spring.  While we are walking some of its 6 miles of level trails and boardwalks we should be able to view a variety of birds.  We expect to see passels of passerines and floods of waterfowl.  Raptors and woodpeckers are almost a sure bet.  Bring $3 for your entrance fee or your Golden Eagle or Golden Age pass.  Bring your scope.  Bring your lunch. Return late afternoon.
 

Saturday, April 1, 2006 - Limit 12
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian Bell
7:15 AM, NE 145th St. P&R (exit 175 off I-5)

We will explore the north end of the island and work our way south looking for loons, grebes and alcids. We'll scope Swantown and Crockett Lake looking for shorebirds, keep our eyes out for falcons and harriers. Wherever possible we'll be scoping for ducks, including possible Cinnamon Teal, Black Scoter and Long-tailed Duck. Passerines will be out target in the forests. Scopes essential. Back early evening.
 

Sunday, April 2, 2006 - Limit: 12
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leader: MaryFrances Mathis
8:00 AM, 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, Juanita Bay Park parking lot

Explore a good mix of habitats, finding waterfowl, raptors, woodpeckers, and perhaps shorebirds. The early migrants will be arriving, some of the wintering passerines will still be around, the resident birds will be singing and establishing territories, and there’s always the possibility of a surprise. Scopes helpful. Dress for the weather. Over by noon.
 

Friday, April 7, 2006 - Limit: 15
Sequim
Leader: Fran Wood
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R parking area just north of 65th St

Look for all sorts of keen stuff (ducks, gulls, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines). Bring scopes, lunch, and ferry money; dress for all possible weather. Home early evening.
 

Saturday, April 8, 2006
Joint trip with Tahoma Audubon - Limit: 7 from Seattle Audubon
Marymoor Park
Leader: Michael Hobbs
7:00 AM, parking lot near mansion (right turn first stop sign)

Join Michael, who has been birding Marymoor weekly for 12 years.  Spring is always nice at Marymoor and mid-April is an excellent time of year to find something rare. Maybe something really special such as a Mountain Bluebird or Sora? Ospreys should be back. Over by early afternoon.
 

Friday, April 14, 2006 – Limit: 12
South King County Puget Sound
Leader: Matt Bartels
8:00 AM, Des Moines Marina Parking lot (meet at north end, by fishing pier)

We’ll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for breeding plumage and behavior. Beginning at Des Moines Marina, we’ll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring your binoculars and lunch. Scopes helpful. Dress for weather.
 

Saturday, April 15, 2006 - Limit: 12
Central Washington’s Shrub-Steppe
Leader: Mark Johnston
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Spend the day birding shrub-steppe habitat and associated open areas near Vantage.  Some of the species we expect to find include Sage, Brewer’s, and Vesper Sparrows, Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, and Loggerhead Shrike.  The trip will involve a walk of approximately 4 miles.  Dress for the weather and bring a lunch, liquids, and money for a possible restaurant stop.  Back by late afternoon.
 

Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Limit 4
Fort Lewis Marsh & Forest
Leader: Denis DeSilvis)
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds at this defacto wildlife refuge.  Expect to find Purple Martins, Wood Ducks, warblers, flycatchers, bluebirds, & many more.  Some walking.  Photo ID required!  Bring lunch & liquids.  Return early evening.
 

Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Limit 7
Grays Harbor County
Leader: Marv Breece
5:00 AM Sharp; Ravenna P&R

We’ll cover many habitat types, looking for coastal birds and passerines.  This will be a long day.  Bring food to eat on the run.  Dress in layers for cool wet weather.  Wear sturdy walking shoes; boots not necessary.  Scopes a plus.  Late return: 11 – midnight.
 

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - Limit 11
Grays Harbor and Vicinity
Leader: Tom Aversa
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

An early start and carpooling is necessary for this all-day outing to the outer coast.  Shorebirds & returning migrants the main focus, but surprises welcome.  A fairly intensive all-day excursion - bring food, water, dress for weather.  Return early evening.
 

Friday, May 5, 2006 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
King County Big Day
Leaders: Michael Hobbs and Matt Bartels
5:30 AM, Marymoor Park near the Clise Mansion

The 2nd annual King County Big day challenge is on!  Last year Michael & Matt’s trip logged 112 species, equaling Gene’s trip the next day.  Join this year’s rematch.  Anticipate high-speed birding.  Spend several hours at Marymoor before heading up I-90 for higher-elevation birds, then SR-18 to the Kent Valley before heading over to Puget Sound.  We’ll visit Montlake Fill and/or Juanita Bay.  Bird sunrise to sunset.  Participants should log 100 species, but emphasis is on having fun.  Bring food, drink & dress for weather. 
 

Saturday, May 6, 2006 - Limit 11
King County Big Day
Leader: Gene Hunn
4:00 AM, Seward Park - Audubon Arts Center  OR
6:00 AM, Marymoor Park dog run lot

Gene’s goal is to find as many species as possible in King County in 1 day - a target of 100+ birds.  For the full day, meet at Seward Park (4 a.m.) to begin looking for owls (Part 1).  Less fanatic participants can meet us at Marymoor Park (6 AM), departing for Sykes Lake near Carnation, Tolt McDonald Park, and the Carnation Marsh.  Next explore Tiger Mountain and Lake Washington’s parks & beaches, returning to Marymoor by 5:00 p.m. (Part 2).  Hard-core birders will bird until dark (Part 3).  Bring food, drink, dress for weather.
 

Sunday, May 7, 2006 - Limit 14
Kittitas County and the Potholes
Leaders: Rick Sanders and John Friars
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

From Snoqualmie to Vantage, we’ll look for early warblers and flycatchers, Brewer’s and Sage Sparrows.  At the potholes, we’ll see Redheads, Cinnamon Teal, American Avocets, and Black-necked Stilts.  Back through Para Ponds and Othello for possible Tri-colored Blackbirds.  Come prepared for a long day and a high species count.  Back in evening.
 

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - Limit 8
Discovery Park for Beginning Birders
Leader: Rachel Lawson
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at E entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 4 hr walk around 3-mile Loop Trail, looking for resident & migrant birds.  This trip is for beginners, so we’ll work on identification skills and talk about bird behavior.  Dress for weather; bring water & snacks.  If there is interest, some of us may walk to beach.
 

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - Limit 10
George C Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge (Delta, B.C.)
Leaders: Mary Frances Mathis and Megan Lyden
6:00 AM; Ravenna P&R

We’ll walk the Reifel trails looking for resident and migrant birds including hawks, eagles, cormorants, osprey, and shorebirds.  Stops at Boundary Bay & Drayton Harbor to scope for raptors, loons, grebes and more.  Bring lunch, passport, and admission to Reifel ($4 adults, $2 seniors & children) scopes helpful.  Return near 6 p.m.
 

Saturday, May 13, 2006 - Limit 9
Umtanum Creek Recreational Area
Leaders: Michael Fleming and Vicki King
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Join Vicki and Michael for a 4 mile hike searching for a variety of passerines. This is the 3rd year they have led this trip to Umtanum Creek Recreational area in search of a good variety of birds. Last year we saw Yellow-breasted Chat, Chuckar, Prairie Falcon, Lazuli Bunting, and Lewis Woodpecker amongst many others. Bring lunch; back late afternoon.
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - Limit 14
Dry Creek Waterfowl
Leader: Nancy Alden
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

If P&R is full, we’ll meet but go on to leave cars at Edmonds ferry parking lot.
Here’s a chance to see Spectacled and Pacific Eiders, Smews, Long-tailed ducks, Harlequins, Red-breasted geese & more – really close.  Cameras welcome.  Arnold Schouten is one of a few successful breeders of certain ducks.  Spend time in the fascinating ecosystem he has created, a true labor of love.  Afterward we’ll have time for coastal birding. Bring money for ferry, lunch, liquids, cameras, dress for weather.  Scopes good for coastal stops.  Back early evening.
 

Thursday,  May 18, 2006 - Limit 8
Camp Long for Beginning Birders
Leader: Rachel Lawson
7:00 AM, Camp Long Lodge – 5200 35th Ave SW

We’ll take a 3 hr walk through the grounds in search of resident & migrant birds.  This trip is for beginners, so we’ll work on identification skills and talk about bird behavior.  Dress for weather; bring water & snacks.
 

Saturday, May 20, 2006 - Limit 13
Robinson Canyon
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

Robinson Canyon, on the east slope of the Cascades, is an absolute gem.  Its highly diverse habitats provide excellent birding.  We’ll spend approximately 5 hours in the canyon walking up to 5 miles.  Due to recent habitat restoration, the roads and bridge have been torn out.  The replanted ground is very uneven, so be prepared for rough walking.  Bring lunch, plenty of water, & money for a possible restaurant stop.  Back late afternoon.
 

Saturday, May 20, 2006 - Limit 8
ACCESSIBLE BIRDING:  Carkeek Park
Leader:  Patricia Lott
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

A variety of habitats can be easily accessed at this large, mostly undeveloped Seattle park.  The bluff affords views of ducks, gulls and possibly alcids or grebes, the wetlands offer herons, eagles, wrens and passerines. The creek bed will take us along the forested ravine floor with kinglets, jays, and possibly warblers and Band-tailed Pigeons. Physical pace designed to accommodate those using w/chairs or assistive walking devices; total distance less than 1 mile; walking/wheeling surfaces are paved, boardwalk, hard-packed dirt and gravel path.  Noon return.
 

Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2006 - Limit 10
Klickitat Valley - Goldendale
Leader: Vicki King

Explore this beautiful and very birdy area of eastern Washington, as a wealth of colorful migrants pass through or arrive to nest.  Yellow-breasted Chats, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Lazuli Buntings, House Wrens are likely finds.  For those who can leave on Friday morning, we'll bird Umtanum Creek on the way toward Brooks Memorial Campground (10 miles north of Goldendale) where we'll camp Friday and Saturday nights.  Alternatively, arrive Friday night or Saturday morning by 8 AM to join the trip.  (Motels are available in Goldendale if camping does not work for you.)  Our route will include Rock Creek, the Bickleton Bluebird Trail, Columbia Hills, Conboy Wildlife Refuge, and the Klickitat River valley.   We should be back in Seattle by 8 p.m. on Sunday evening.  Vicki will email details to participants closer to the trip.
 

Saturday, May 27, 2006 - Limit 12
Birding By Ear at Soos Creek
Leader: Mark Johnston
7:30 AM, Kent P&R

Spend the morning birding Soos Creek Park on Kent’s East Hill.  The area has a wonderful mix of riparian forest and other habitats, which host an exceptional diversity of birds.  We’ll attempt to view as many species as possible, but will focus on identification by voice.  We will walk approximately 4 miles.  Back by 1 p.m.
 

Saturday, May 27, 2006 - Limit 15
Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Stillwater
Leader: Nancy Alden
7:30 AM, Albertson’s parking lot - 236th Ave NE & Redmond/Fall City Road, Hwy 202.  Meet near 76 station.

Expect to see a wide variety of species.  Woodpeckers, raptors, flycatchers & numerous other passerines all inhabit this rich habitat.  May is a good time of year to find nesting birds.  We’ll walk 2 to 3 level miles and return around noon.
 

Sunday, May 28, 2006 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Leader: Mark Johnston
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Spend approximately 4 hours birding the extraordinary mix of habitats at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah.   We’ll focus on species identification by voice and discuss some aspects of the ecology of acoustic communication in birds.  This trip is very similar to the Soos Creek trip above, both in expected species and material content. A walk of approximately 5 miles is involved.  Back by noon.
 

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - Limit 14
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:00 AM, NE 145th P&R

We will explore Whidbey's nooks and crannies for breeding ducks, remaining waterbirds and alcids, lingering shorebirds at Crockett Lake, and the forests and woodlands for passerines. There are usually some raptors around. Scopes useful. Bring lunch and fluids. Back by early evening.
 

Friday, June 2, 2006 - Limit 7 in 2 cars
Iron Bear Peak (Kittitas County)
Leader: Ed Deal
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Hike the dry side of the Cascades, through open pine forest and riparian habitats to a mountaintop viewpoint in the Teanaway/Blewett Pass region.  This is a great hike to practice your birding by ear skills, as you are constantly taunted by invisible vireos, warblers and flycatchers.  With luck perhaps a Mtn Bluebird or Golden Eagle.  Return about 7:00 p.m.   Important Note: Be prepared to hike 7 miles, 1800 ft. gain, high point 5500 ft.
 

Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion (shelter just east of main boat launch parking lot at NE 65th St entrance)

This should be a great time to see some of the birds that breed in Seattle.  With luck, we may see a nest or 2.  Be prepared to walk two to three miles. Children (accompanied by adult) welcome! Over early afternoon.
 

Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Limit 12
Stampede Pass to Vantage (Kittitas County)
Leaders: Christine Vadai and Tina Klein-Lebbink
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

Join us for a trip across I-90, birding from Stampede Pass to Vantage.  We’ll look for montane, ponderosa pine, riparian and desert sage species, including bluebirds, tanagers, orioles, various sparrows (Lark, Brewer’s, Vesper, Sage), and many other eastside specialties.  Pack a lunch, snacks and fluids.
 

Saturday, June 10, 2006 - Limit 12
Wenas Creek
Leader: Peter Klein
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We will explore the many habitats -- sage, pine forest, and riparian -- of this rich area in spring. We'll see Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Vesper and Brewer Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatches, and possibly a White-headed Woodpecker. Bring a lunch; expect to be back early evening.
 

Sunday, June 11, 2006 - Limit 15
Kittitas County
Leader: David Swayne
6:00 AM, NE Corner of Issaquah P&R

We'll start at Snoqualmie Pass, move on to Roslyn, then play it by ear. Bring lunch and fluids. Scopes a plus. Back by late afternoon or early evening.
 

Saturday, June 17, 2006 - Limit 10
Cape Elizabeth on the coast of the Quinault Nation
Joint trip with Black Hills Audubon Society
Leaders: Kristin Stewart and Mike Mail
Cost: $20.00 donation to help youth on the Quinault Nation
8:30 AM, at the General Store in Taholah, OR  6:30 AM at the Martin Way P&R in Olympia to car pool

A rare chance to explore a beautiful part of the Olympic Peninsula coast not otherwise accessible. This is more beach hike to see the coast and the wonderful tide pools than birding trip, but among other birds, we may see nesting Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, and Pelagic Cormorants. After meeting Mike Mail, a member of the Quinault Nation and our guide and storyteller, we will be ferried across the river (please bring a life jacket) and then hike to Cape Elizabeth. Because the walk is a somewhat difficult 2-3 miles on slippery rocks, this trip is not advised for those who have trouble walking in rough conditions. If there is sufficient interest, instead of packing lunches we have the possibility of a salmon bake Quinault style for an additional $15.00.  Time permitting, we may run over to Point Grenville to look for Tufted Puffins and nesting Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants. Done by late afternoon.
 

Wednesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 22, 2006 - Limit 7 in two cars.
Sanpoil River area campout (Eastern Washington)
Leader: Alan Roedell
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

This is a faraway lightly birded area, but worth the trip. We’ll stop to bird along the way in a few key locations, and plan to arrive early enough to set up camp and eat dinner before exploring and owling until we’re tired. Next morning we’ll explore and bird until it’s time to head back to civilization. Possible species include Bobolink, Gray Catbird and Northern Waterthrush. Return late Thursday.
 

Saturday, June 24, 2006 - Limit 7
Robinson Canyon, Kittitas County
Leader: Marv Breece
5:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spend the day birding in and around Robinson Canyon near Ellensburg. Located on the east slope of the Cascades, the area provides exceptional birding in a wonderful setting with diverse habitats. Expect to hike a few miles on solid but uneven trails. Bring a sack lunch, fluids, binocs and good footwear for the hike. Back by evening.
 

Saturday, June 24, 2006 - Limit 10
Theler Wetlands & Nature Preserve, Mason County
Leader: Mary Klein
7:30 AM, Theler Wetlands parking lot

The Theler Wetlands and Nature Preserve comprises more than three miles of mostly flat, easily-walked trails.  We'll meander through the preserve and should see several species of swallows, sparrows, woodpeckers, and warblers, among others.  This trip is geared towards novice/beginning birders, and will be over by noon.  Directions:  From Bremerton, go west on Highway 304 to Highway 3 and drive nine miles south to Belfair.  Near the south end of Belfair, look for the Mary E. Theler Community Center on the right, across from Belfair Elementary School.
 

Saturday, July 8, 2006 - Limit 14
Swauk Pass
Leader: Brian Bell
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

On the way to Swauk Pass we'll try for Ospreys and look for American Dipper. Closer to the pass, we'll search out those Eastern Washington warblers and bluebirds. We have a good chance for woodpeckers and maybe even a Williamson's Sapsucker. As always we'll enjoy good scenery and wildflowers. Bring lunch and fluids. Return late afternoon.
 

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - Limit 10
Summer morning at Soos Creek
Leader: Michael Hobbs
7:00 AM, Kent P&R

Stroll the paved trail along Soos Creek through a wonderful mix of riparian forest and other habitats that host an exceptional diversity of birds.  We'll try to see and hear as many species as possible.  We will walk approximately 4 miles.  Back by 1 p.m.
 

Saturday, July 15, 2006 - Limit 12
Mowich Lake, Spray Falls, Spray Park
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Explore the northwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park, making a moderately-strenuous hike (about 600- to 800- foot elevation gain) to look for wildflowers and birds, including Blue Grouse, Prairie Falcons, and American Dippers. Dress for mountain weather and bring park entrance fee. Return late afternoon.
 

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Protection Island, from Port Townsend
Special boat trip, $60
Leader: George Gerdts
10:00 AM, Port Townsend Marina

Protection Island is a 400-acre National Wildlife Refuge with 70% of the Puget Sound nesting marine birds making it their breeding ground.  The charter cruiser "My Girl", has excellent viewing from covered outside decks or comfortable inside seating.  We’ll expect to get good views of nesting birds including Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, cormorants, gulls and hopefully Tufted Puffins and Black Oystercatchers.  The concentrations of birds are spectacular.  Other marine mammal sightings possible.  Coffee and cider provided.  Bring your own lunch.  Return about 2 p.m. After you register, George will send forms and directions. Audubon gets 20% of the cost of the trip.
 

Saturday, July 22, 2006 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader:  Ron Leamon
8 AM, West Parking Lot (near path to Fill)

Enjoy a walk focused on the Fill's summer resident birds.  We should see several swallow species, finches, sparrows, ducks, herons, and grebes.  Surprises are always possible, and we may see raptors and shorebirds.  Over late morning.
 

Sunday, July 23, 2006 - Limit 12
Naches Pass
Leader: Gene Hunn
5:30 AM, Newcastle P&R (Exit 9 on 1-405)

Explore the county line Cascade crest at Naches Pass, Windy Pass, and possibly climb Kelly Butte, with a stop en route at Federation Forest State Park (historical Hermit Warbler spot). Be prepared for some not-too-strenuous hiking and for weather at 5000 feet. Bring lunch, water, etc. Target possibilities include Blue Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Northern Pygmy Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow and other montane species uncommon in King County. Also, wildflowers, butterflies, and mammals.  Return by 6 p.m.
 

Sunday, July 30, 2006 - Limit 8
Slow-paced Mountain Prep:  Carkeek Park bluffs
Leaders:  Patricia Lott & Kathy Slettebak
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

For the serious birder interested in a close-in, slow-paced physical preparation for high elevation birding.  We’ll enjoy summer resident birds along Puget Sound while traversing the steep bluffs of the Piper’s Creek ravine on a half-day, 3 mile trip with 1000’ elevation gain/loss.  Likely species include hummingbirds, wrens, waxwing, pigeons (including Band-tailed), woodpeckers, warblers, thrushes, finches, eagle, gulls, terns, and others.  We might see alcids from the parking lot.  Bring your boots and poles with a snack and plenty of water.
 

Saturday, August 5, 2006 - Limit 12
Sunrise, Mt. Rainier
Leader:  Dave Swayne
6:00 AM,  Maple Valley P&R

Be prepared for a 4-5 mile hike, with a 2000’ elevation gain.  Likely we will climb Burrough’s Mountain.
 

Saturday, August 12, 2006 - Limit 11
Hurricane Ridge and Port Angeles
Leader: Brian Bell
6:15 AM, Ravenna P&R

We will start at Hurricane Ridge looking for subalpine species such as Blue Grouse and then work our way down the mountain in search of resident and migrating passerines. We will make time to bird the Port Angeles area including Ediz Hook for shorebirds and waterbirds. Scopes helpful; bring lunch and fluids. Carpool to three cars. Return early evening.
 

Sunday, August 13, 2006 - Limit 8
ACCESSIBLE BIRDING:  Edmonds Marsh & Public Pier
Leader:  Patricia Lott
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Saltwater and freshwater merge in the Edmonds Marsh estuary, providing good feeding for shorebirds, herons, swallows, finches, hawks, and ducks.  Perhaps we'll see a sandpiper, kingfisher, rail, or warblers.  Scopes are a good idea at the Pier where we’re likely to see auklets, guillemots and other alcids, and more sea birds.  Physical pace designed to accommodate those using wheelchairs or assistive walking devices; total distance will be less than 1 mile; walking/wheeling surfaces are asphalt and cement, with optional boardwalk.  Over by noon.
 

Saturday, 19 August, 2006 - Limit 7
Snohomish and Skagit Counties
Leader: Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Bird for passerines in the morning and for shorebirds in the afternoon. Return in the evening.  Bring a sack lunch.
 

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - Limit 9
Whidbey Island
Leader: Bert Dudley
6:30 AM, Shoreline P&R (192nd and Aurora Ave N.)

We'll bird several spots on and around Whidbey Island looking for shorebirds, alcids and gulls.  Other seabirds and songbirds should be there too.  Bring layers of clothing, good boots, lunch, and cash for coffee, the ferry back and mileage. Plan on being back late evening. Definitely bring scopes if you have them.
 

Saturday, September 17, 2006 - Limit 11
Point-No-Point and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Mike West
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Explore the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, looking for shorebirds and seabirds, including Parasitic Jaegers, Harlequin Ducks, and Black Turnstones. Bring a scope if you have one, food, fluids, and money for incidentals. Home by early evening.
 

Saturday, September 2, 2006 - Limit 10
Dungeness Spit
Leader: Christine Vadai
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Just us on a trip to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula to look for shorebirds and other fall migrants.  We’ll hit Dungeness spit, with a few stops in the area looking for alcids, and hop up Hurricane Ridge for some late montane species.  Bring your lunch and comfortable hiking shoes, as it’s a bit of a hike to the spit.  Bring your lunch.  We’ll return around 7 p.m.
 

Saturday, September 9, 2006 - Limit 10
Reifel Refuge, Delta, BC
Leader: Barry Levine
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll walk the trails looking for resident and migrant birds including hawks, eagles, cormorants, owls, and shorebirds. We will stop at Boundary Bay for raptors, loons, grebes, and more. Bring scopes, passports, money for admission ($4 adults, $2 seniors and children), food for the day, and clothing that fits the weather. Return near 7 p.m.
 

September 9, 2006 - Limit 8
On the Duwamish
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Targeted at beginning birders, but all welcome.  Explore the Duwamish River, Turning Basin #3, Hamm Creek, and Puget Park with Denis. You never know what might turn up. Binoculars essential; bring your scope if you have one. Over by noon, but bring a lunch if you want to explore further.
 

Monday, September 18, 2006 - Limit 15
Spencer Island
Leader: Mark Moon
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spencer Island is a good birding spot in early fall.  We’ll look for raptors, waterfowl, sparrows, warblers, and woodpeckers.  Come prepared for a long but level walk, with sun, rain, and/or wind possible.  Scopes good.  Bring food and water.  Back by mid-afternoon.
 

Sunday, September 24, 2006 - Limit 9
Seward Park
Leader: Sam Woods
8:00 AM, Parking lot by tennis courts, near park entrance

Seward Park is a jewel for birding in Seattle with resident Bald Eagles, Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers.  We’ll bird a loop through the interior of the old-growth forest to the shores of Lake Washington.  Expect to see a wide variety of forest birds and waterfowl during this peak migration time.  Anticipate walking three miles on relatively easy terrain. Dress for weather.  Back by noon.
 

Sunday, September 24, 2006 - Limit 7
Vashon Island
Leader: Alan Huggins
8:00 AM, West Seattle/Lincoln Park Upper parking lot

Possibilities include shorebird migrants, early Loons, Grebes, Wigeons, Scoters and Cormorants, returning Hermit thrushes, Fox Sparrows and Lincoln sparrows passing through, as well as the usual upland residents. Meet in the Upper parking lot at 8 a.m. for short walk or carpool to ferry. Bring money for roundtrip ferry, lunch and liquids. Scopes helpful. Return mid-afternoon.
 

Sunday, October 1, 2006 - Limit 12
Juanita Bay Park
Leader: MaryFrances Mathis
8:00 AM, main parking lot

Juanita Bay Park offers a variety of habitats in a compact area and MaryFrances knows it well.  On this half-day trip, she will find the waterfowl, resident passerines, and migrant songbirds that are moving through. Raptors often put in an appearance.  Scopes helpful. Over by noon.
 

Friday, October 6, 2006 - Limit 10
Westport – Tokeland Area
Leaders: Paul and Barbara Webster
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

In Gray’s Harbor County we’ll stop in different habitats to look for residents, early winter visitors, and lingering migrants.  We’ll wait to see which birds are present before choosing our exact route; possible stops include Brady Loop, Johns River, Bottle Beach, Westport, Midway Beach and Tokeland.  Plan for possible chilly wet conditions. Bring lunch and snacks.  Spotting scopes helpful.  Return early evening.
 

Saturday, October 14, 2006 - Limit 15
Marrowstone/Pt. Townsend
Leader: Richard Youel
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

The area around Oak Bay, Marrowstone Island, Ft. Flagler, and up to Port Townsend is rich with birdlife in early fall.  We will search out the waterfowl, returning water birds and alcids, as well as resident and migrating passerines on this trip.  Dress for weather; bring money for ferry, food and drink; scopes useful.  Plan to carpool.  Return early evening.
 

Monday, October 16, 2006 - Limit 15
Nisqually NWR
Leader: Fran Wood
8:00 AM, MOHAI P&R

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is known for its diversity of habitats and variety of waterfowl, raptors, and passerines.  We’ll walk 1 – 2 miles of level trails and elevated boardwalks.  Take money for $3 entrance fee or your Golden Eagle or Golden Age pass.  Pack lunch and liquids.  Dress for weather.  Return late afternoon.
 

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - Limit 14
Sequim to Port Angeles
Leader: Brian Bell
7:00 AM, NE 145th P&R prompt

We’ll start out at Sequim early for passerines, and then work our way west looking for loons, grebes, alcids, waterfowl and shorebirds winding up in Port Angeles. Scopes essential.  Dress for the weather. Bring lunch and money for carpooling and ferries.  This will be a fast-paced trip for experienced birders.  Back early evening.
 

Sunday, October 22, 2006 - Limit 14
Vashon Island
Leaders: John Friars and Rick Sanders
7:00 AM, Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Vashon in the fall has produced Black Scoters, Cooper’s Hawks, Eurasian Wigeons, Harlequin Ducks, Clark’s Grebes, alcids and a lot of small land birds.  Meet in the upper parking lot to carpool for the ferry.  Bring lunch and liquids, plus money for the ferry.  Over by late afternoon.
 

Saturday, October 28, 2006 - Limit 7
Spencer Island and vicinity
Leader: Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll hope to see a nice assortment of ducks, hawks, woodpeckers, shorebirds and passerines. Bring scopes, lunch, liquids and dress for the weather.  Level walking 1 or 2 miles.  Walking may be muddy.  Back by mid-afternoon.
 

Saturday, November 4, 2006 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

Meet at the shelter just west of the main boat launch parking lot at NE 65th St entrance.  Magnuson park yields a variety of songbirds from the woods at Promontory Point to the sparrows in the berry brambles to waterfowl along the shoreline.  Jan really knows the area and can coax the birds out.  This is an excellent trip for families!  Dress for the weather and for muddy walking.  Take snacks and drinks.  Over by early afternoon.
 

Saturday, November 11, 2006 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leaders: Christine Vadai
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll explore the Nisqually delta for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bittern, owls, and perhaps otter or mink.  Scopes and raingear recommended.  We plan to walk the 5.5 mile loop so bring good hiking shoes, water and a packed lunch.  Return estimated at 4 p.m.
 

Sunday, November 12, 2006 - Limit 8
ACCESSIBLE BIRDING: Edmonds Waterfront
Leader: Patricia Lott
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

The Edmonds Waterfront provides special opportunities for early winter birding including alcids, gulls, grebes and more sea birds. At this time of year there is a possibility of Ancient Murrelet. Consider a balaclava to manage cold sea breezes. Dress for all weather possibilities. Physical pace designed to accommodate those using wheelchairs or assistive walking devices; total distance will be less than half a mile; walking/wheeling surfaces are asphalt and cement, with optional boardwalk. Over by noon.
 

Saturday, November 18,2006 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spend 5-6 hours birding Lake Washington and Puget Sound where we expect to find a large number of species that winter on fresh water and saltwater habitats in the greater Seattle area.  Bring a lunch and water, and dress to stay warm and dry.  Scopes helpful.  Return by early afternoon.
 

Saturday, November 18, 2006 - Limit 10
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader:  Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Perfect for coffee drinkers, brisk weather, latte stop and bathrooms at almost every stop.  Stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler and Port Townsend.  Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a strong possibility.  We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks.  Scopes a plus.  Take a lunch and money for the ferry, park fees and gas.  Dress for blustery weather.  Return late afternoon.
 

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2006 - Limit 14
Seattle Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, University District, Seattle

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.  We’ll carpool in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Sunday, November 19, 2006 - Limit 14
Ellensburg Area
Leader: David Swayne
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

We'll start birding around Cle Elum, then explore the Ellensburg area. Weather permitting, we may head up Robinson or Reecer Canyon. Take lunch, liquids and layers of clothes. Back by late afternoon.
 

Monday, November 20, 2006 - Limit 14
South King County Puget Sound
Leaders: Matt Bartels & MaryFrances Mathis
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet. We’ll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring lunch & snacks, and dress for weather. Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon.
 

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - Limit 14
Samish Flats
Leader: Brian Bell
7:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (exit 175 off I-5)

A great time of year for raptors and waterfowl. Look for eagles, hawks, perhaps falcons, owls and Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. Come prepared for wet or windy weather. Bring a WDFW parking sticker and a two-way radio if you have them. Scopes very helpful. Bring lunch and fluids. Back late afternoon.
 

Saturday, Dec 2, 2006 - Limit 12
Marymoor Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Marymoor is a great county park bordering Lake Sammamish which offers typical local birds. Join us for this level walk to see if anything atypical shows up, too.  You must be able to brave walking a distance through the off-leash dog area.  Be prepared for wet, slippery trails. Carpool from Ravenna P&R at 9 a.m. or meet at Parking Lot “D” at Marymoor between 9:30 and 9:45.  Bring portable refreshments and $1 for parking. Over early afternoon.
 

Saturday, December 2, 2006 - Limit 12
Fall City to Duvall
Leader: Gene Hunn
8:00 AM, Woodinville P&R

Join us for a day exploring the winter arrivals in the Snoqualmie River Valley. We’ll look for ducks, sparrows, raptors and anything else we find. We’ll check the SAS Carnation Marsh, Stillwater, McCormick Park, Cherry Valley and wherever else looks promising. Bring snacks and dress for weather. Scopes and two-way radios a plus. Return by 4:00 p.m.
 

Saturday, December 3, 2006 - Limit 12
Grays Harbor to Tokeland
Leader: Matt Dufort
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll search coastal and nearby areas for wintering and late-migrating waterbirds, shorebirds, and anything else we can find.  Bring warm clothing and lunch.  Scopes always helpful.  Back by early evening.
 

Friday, December 8, 2006 - Limit 15
Sequim etc.
Leader: Fran Wood
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R parking area just north of 65th St

Look for all sorts of keen stuff (ducks, gulls, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines). Bring scopes two-way radios, lunch, and ferry money; dress for all possible weather. Home early evening.
 

Saturday, December 9, 2006 - Limit 7
Pierce County Sampler
Leader: Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Join Marv in the first of a new series of 'county sampler' trips offered by SAS. We'll explore this neighboring county with an eye towards discovering 'new' birding destinations, finding good birds, and having fun. Take lunch, weather-appropriate clothing, scope and two-way radios if you have them. Over by late afternoon.
 

Sunday, December 10, 2006 - Limit 8
Vashon/Maury Island
Leader: Michael Hobbs
8:15 AM, Lincoln Park, lower parking lot

Be sure to be on time, to catch the 8:35 a.m. ferry. We will scan saltwater habitats and expect to see grebes, loons, scoters, cormorants, mergansers, goldeneyes, alcids and gulls. Take lunch and money for ferry fare. Scopes a plus. Return on the 4:10 ferry.
 

Sunday, December 10, 2006 - Limit 10
Skagit/Samish flats
Leader: G. Shiva Parameswaran
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

This trip will focus on Raptors. Finding wintering Sparrows, Ducks & Passerines a plus. Please bring lunch & snacks and dress for cold and windy wet weather. Having a scope is always a plus!
 

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Saturday, January 13, 2007 - Limit 14/4 cars
Samish & Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian Bell
8:00 AM, NE 145th St P&R

This is a great time for raptors and waterfowl on the Samish and Skagit Flats. Look for eagles, hawks, and perhaps several falcons, owls and Trumpeter & Tundra Swans. Come prepared for wet or windy weather, and carry lunch and liquids. Take a WDFW parking sticker if you have one. Scopes helpful. Back early evening.
 

Saturday, January 13, 2007 - Limit 10
West Seattle Waterfront
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Webster
8:00 AM, Don Armeni Boat Ramp south of Duwamish Head

Come explore the West Seattle Waterfront and a neighboring greenbelt in search of wintering and resident species.  We’ll carpool to several spots and walk up to two miles on relatively easy terrain.  There is a strong possibility of a bakery stop.  Dress to stay warm and dry.  Scopes helpful.  Over by noon.
 

Saturday, January 20, 2007 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leader: Christine Vadai
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll explore the Nisqually delta for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bitterns, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink.  Plan to walk the 5.5-mile loop so bring good hiking shoes, water and a packed lunch.  Scopes and raingear recommended.  Return estimated at 4:00 p.m.
 

Saturday, January 20, 2007 - Limit 15
Port Susan Bay/ The Nature Conservancy Preserve
Leaders: Pam Pritzl and Miriam Gray
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R or 9:00 AM, QFC in Stanwood

The Nature Conservancy’s 4122 acre Port Susan Bay Preserve, south of Stanwood, safeguards some of the finest estuarine habitat in Puget Sound. The preserve contains 160 acres of diked uplands. The rest is a vast expanse of emergent marshes, tidally influenced channels and mudflats, straddling the southern and northern mouths of the Stillaguamish River. The combination of fresh and saltwater, the expanse of the estuary, and the diversity of tidal habitats make Port Susan Bay one of the most important stops along the Pacific Flyway as well as critical salmon habitat. The property is closed to the public, but we have permission to go on the property this day. Expect to see wintering raptors, ducks, snow geese, great blue herons, dunlin and a variety of sparrows. Be prepared to walk up to 2-3 easy miles on the dike; bring binoculars (scopes welcome), wear boots, bring rain gear, warm clothes and lunch. Trip will conclude in the early afternoon. (May visit other nearby locations if time/weather permits.)
 

Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28, 2007 - Limit 5
Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge/Delta B.C.
in conjunction with East Lake Washington Audubon
Leaders MaryFrances Mathis and Megan Lyden
7:00 AM, South Kirkland P&R

We’ll walk the trails at Reifel, looking for resident and wintering passerines, along with raptors, owls, and waterfowl.  Sunday will bring stops at Boundary Bay (Snowy Owls), Point Roberts, and Drayton Harbor.  Scopes helpful. Bring passport, lunch, and money for admission ($4 adults, $2 seniors), and overnight. Return by 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Please call the trip leaders for details on accommodations.
 

Sunday, January 28, 2007 - Limit 8
ACCESSIBLE BIRDING: Big Raptor Day on the Samish Flats
Leader:  Patricia Lott
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Birding-by-car will provide good views of the magnificent raptors that winter in Skagit County.  Dazzling ducks in brilliant breeding plumage and acrobatic shorebirds frequent the productive waters of the Puget Sound and its tributaries drawing in these fascinating avian hunters.  If we’re lucky, we could have a five falcon day.  Weather could be rainy, cold, or windy (or nice!)  Call me ahead of time if you’ve got concerns.  Wheelchair users and walkers welcome.  We’ll carpool & use intercom.  Scopes are good, window-mounted too.  Over by early afternoon. 
 

Saturday, February 3, 2007 - Limit 8
Bike and Bird Along Lake Washington
Leader:  Sam Woods
9:00 AM, Seward Park, parking lot by tennis courts, at park entrance

Join us to explore, in a very environmentally friendly way, the public shoreline in south Seattle.  Depending upon the weather, we’ll bike along the level, multiuse path between Seward Park and Colman Park where we can expect to see numerous waterbirds and the typical local birds.  We’ll spend 4 hours biking and birding approximately 9 miles of shoreline.  Note, the weather may determine if this turns into a walk and bird trip.  Please call the morning of the trip to confirm if unsure.  Bring your bike, helmet, binoculars, and dress for the weather.  There will be warm refreshments served at a midway point, compliments of the leader.  Over by early afternoon.
 

Saturday, February 3, 2007 - Limit 12
West Seattle
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Ravenna P&R or 9:45 AM, Don Armeni Boat Ramp south of Duwamish Head

Surfbirds usually hang out with Black Turnstones on the rocks at Duwamish Head in winter.  We’ll also look for Harlequin Ducks and other water birds along the south side of Alki Point.  We will be on pavement or lawn.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Over around noon, depending on the birds and the weather.
 

Sunday, February 4, 2007 - Limit 14
Sequim/Dungeness and the Elwha River
Leaders: John Friars and Rick Sanders
6:15 AM, 145th Street P&R

Elwha gives us good looks at several gull species, Harlequin and Long-tailed Ducks, and Black Oystercatchers. Ediz Hook is often good for Rock Sandpipers and other shorebirds. The varied upland and shore habitats at Sequim/Dungeness round out our possibilities. Take food and drink; bring money for the ferry. Dress for weather; scopes are good. Home by early evening.
 

Saturday, February 10, 2007 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll spend 5-6 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area.  Bring a lunch and water, and dress to stay warm and dry.  Scopes helpful.  Return by early afternoon.
 

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - Limit 8
Vashon/Maury Island
Leader: Dan Willsie
8:00 AM, Lincoln Park, lower parking lot

Be on time for 8:25 a.m. ferry.  Expect to see grebes, loons, scoters, mergansers, goldeneyes, alcids, and gulls.  Scopes useful. Carpool=($6+ferry)/passengers.  Over mid-afternoon.
 

Saturday, February 24, 2007 - Limit 10
Port Townsend / Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll visit Mystery Bay and Fort Flagler State Park.  Long-tailed Ducks, Black Turnstones, & Ancient Murrelets are possibilities.  Short walks in cold blustery weather.    Carpool = ($24+ferry+park fees)/passengers. Return late afternoon.
 

Sunday, February 25, 2007 - Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
8:30 AM, North parking lot by tennis court

Canvasbacks, Ring-necks, American Wigeons, and Goldeneyes seek protected waters.  Fox Sparrows, Bald Eagles, & four species of grebes are possibilities.  Trails may be muddy.  Walk=1/2 mile.  Back by noon.
 

Sunday, March 4, 2007 - Limit 11
Stillwater, Snoqualmie Valley
Leader: Nancy Alden
8:00 AM, SE end of Albertson’s parking lot at NE Redmond-Fall City Road (202) & 236th NE

Things will be perking up in this rich habitat, home to woodpeckers, passerines, ducks, & wading birds.  Back by noon.  Carpool=$4.50/passengers
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 - Limit 10
Fir Island; Skagit Flats
Leader: Matt Dufort
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll search for the tens of thousands of wintering waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, water birds, and early migrants.  Walk=1-2 level miles.  Need WDFW stickers.  Back late afternoon/early evening.  Carpool=$33/passengers.
 

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - Limit 12
Vantage to Ellensburg
Leader: Brian Bell
7:00 AM, Tibbetts Lot (just South of Issaquah P&R)

Looking for sage birds and waterfowl on the Columbia.  Back late afternoon.  Carpool=$39/passengers.
 

Friday, March 16, 2007 - Limit 15
Nisqually
Leader: Fran Wood
8:00 AM, MOHAI P&R

Nisqually is known for habitat diversity and variety of waterfowl, raptors, & passerines.  Depending on weather & group, we may hike 5.5 level miles. Return late afternoon.  Carpool=($18+park fee)/passengers.  Bring Golden Eagle/Age passes.
 

Saturday, March 17, 2007 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

Meet at shelter west of boat launch parking lot; NE 65th St entrance (on right at end of drive into park).  We’ll look for songbirds, ducks, & hawks.  Its a good place to recognize sights and sounds of common Seattle birds.  Children with adult welcome.  Walk 2-3 wet miles up hill and down.  Over early afternoon.
 

Sunday, March 18, 2007 - Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

We’ll search for the city’s Peregrine Falcons.  Spring courtship should be in full swing.  We’ll stress observing courtship without disturbing the birds.  Dress warmly for standing in 1 spot, bring latte money. Scopes useful.  Over 12:30 p.m.  Carpool=$9/passengers.
 

Saturday, March 24, 2007 - Limit 45
Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island
Special boat trip, $55
Leader: George Gerdts
9:00 AM, Winslow City Dock

Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island on the charter cruiser “My Girl,” with excellent viewing from outside decks or comfortable inside seating.  We’ll visit Eagle Harbor, Blakeley Rock, Restoration Point, Rich & Agate Passages, and Port Orchard.  Great for sea ducks, loons, grebes, birds of rocky shore and Bald Eagles.  You can take Winslow ferry and meet George at Winslow ferry Terminal.  After you register, George will send forms and instructions.  Audubon gets 20% of cost of trip.
 

Saturday, March 24, 2007 - Limit 10
Birch and Boundary Bays, Delta area of BC
Leaders: Vicki King and Nancy Alden
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

The focus will be the large numbers of waterfowl and seabirds that gather in Birch & Boundary Bays before leaving for breeding; also raptors in British Columbia.  If the group chooses, we can have a restaurant stop on the way home.  Back in evening.  Passport essential.  Carpool costs = $45 to be split by passengers.
 

Saturday, March 31, 2007 - Limit 14
Thurston County Sampler
Leaders: Kristin Stewart and Nancy Alden
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Kristin is a contributor to the WA State Birding Trail Map for Thurston County and will show us less frequented spots in Thurston County.  Included in stops will be some locations from SW WA Loop and new Olympic Loop map.  Habitats will include salt water estuaries, old growth forest remnants, lakes, ponds, and more.  WDFW sticker needed.  Carpool costs = $30 to be split by passengers.
 

Saturday, March 31, 2007 - Limit 8
Lower Duwamish
Leader:  Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Targeted at beginning birders, but all welcome. We’ll explore T-105, T-107, Hamm Creek, and Turning Basin #3. Binoculars essential; scopes useful. Over by noon; bring  lunch if you want to explore further.  Carpool costs=$9 to be split by passengers.
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2007 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian Bell
6 AM, NE 145th St P&R

Whidbey is good any time of year. We will start at the north end of the island for passerines and work our way south looking for loons, grebes and other water birds. We'll scope the marshlands and mudflats for shorebirds. Scopes essential. Bring lunch, fluids. Back early evening.  Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 14, 2007 - Limit 11
Central Washington’s Shrub Steppe
Leader: Mark Johnston
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Spend a day birding shrub-steppe habitat and open areas near Vantage.  Expect to find Sage, Brewer’s, and Vesper Sparrows, Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, and Loggerhead Shrike. Prairie Falcon and Chukar possible.  Walking = 4 miles.  Possible restaurant stop.  Back late afternoon. Carpool costs = $39 to be split by passengers.
 

Sunday, April 15, 2007 - Limit 8
ACCESSIBLE BIRDING:  Edmonds Waterfront - Early Spring Migration
Leader:  Patricia Lott
1:00 PM, Ravenna P&R

Saltwater and freshwater merge in the Edmonds Marsh estuary, providing good feeding for many species.  Scopes a plus.  Physical pace designed to accommodate those using wheelchairs or assistive walking devices; total distance less than 1 mile; walking/wheeling surfaces are asphalt & cement, with optional boardwalk.  Over by 5 p.m.  Carpool cost: $4 shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, April 19, 2007 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

Meet at shelter west of boat launch parking lot (enter at NE 65th St). We'll look for sparrows and ducks before they leave for breeding grounds and for all new-comers.  Walk 2-3 miles.  Expect 40-50 species.  Beginners welcome.  Over early afternoon with option of going on to Montlake Fill.
 

Saturday, April 21, 2007 - Limit 7
Nisqually NWR
Leader: Filip Tkaczyk
8:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

A familiar refuge with a near-legendary reputation among birders.  Freshwater and brackish wetlands, open grasslands, Nisqually river and riparian woodlands.  Migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, warblers, raptors, Great Horned Owl, American Bittern, Purple martin, and other species may be seen.  Carpool cost: $18 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 22, 2007
Seattle Big Foot Day
Leader: Gene Hunn
4:00 AM for owling (optional), discovery Park Visitor Center
6:00 AM to start daylight birding

We’ll bird Discovery Park, Ballard Locks, Woodland park, around Green Lake, Ravenna Park, Montlake Fill, MOHI and the Arboretum.  Finish before sunset. Those who wish to use bikes or buses to cover connecting walks will be able to do so with a little cell-phone coordination.  100 species.  Total miles on foot about 15.
 

Saturday, April 28, 2007 - Limit 4
Fort Lewis – Marsh, Forest, & Prairie
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, South 320th P&R (Federal Way)

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a defacto wildlife refuge,  Expect to find Purple Martins, warblers, flycatchers, bluebirds, and many more.  Some walking.  Photo ID required; drivers need proof of insurance, license, registration.  Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus.  Return late afternoon/early evening.
 

Sunday, April 29, 2007 - Limit 15
Camano Island
Leaders: Pam Pritzl & Miriam Grey
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 7:30 AM, QFC in Stanwood

Visit Iverson Spit on Port Susan Bay, and English Boom on Skagit Bay.  Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs, cropland, and forested hillsides.  We’ll walk 2-3 miles on easy terrain.  Bring boots, lunch and liquids.  Scopes a plus.  Carpool cost from Ravenna: $21 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - Limit 10
Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader:  Paul & Barbara Webster
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Bird from the Cascades' eastern slope to the shrub-steppe and other habitats in Kittitas County looking for sage birds, returning passerines and resident species. Target birds include: Sage, Brewer's and Vesper Sparrow, Sage Thrashers, Mountain Bluebirds and Loggerhead Shrike. Back by early evening.  Carpool cost: $39 shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, May 3 - Limit 11
Gray’s Harbor county & vicinity
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Tom Aversa
5:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

An early start will be necessary for this all-day outing through Gray’s Harbor County to the outer coast.  Shorebirds and returning migrants will be the main focus.  The will be a fairly intensive excursion.  Bring food, water, and clothes for varying conditions.  Return early evening.  Carpool cost: $33 shared equally by riders.
 

Friday, May 4, 2007 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
King County Big Day
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Michael Hobbs and Matt Bartels
5:30 AM, Marymoor Park (near the Clise Mansion)

Start with the sunrise at Marymoor, then move around the county birding at a fast pace until sunset. Participants should log over 100 species, but the emphasis is on having fun. Bring food, drink & dress for weather. Contact leaders for info on pre-trip owling.
 

Saturday, May 5, 2007 - Limit 7
Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill)
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Filip Tkaczyk
8:30 AM

A small urban wildlife gem with many species, two ponds, grassland, lakeshore wetlands and woodland edges.  A good place to get close up views of Green Heron, Wilson’s snipe, Savannah Sparrow, Cinnamon Teal, and Ring-necked Pheasants, among others.  Possible rare species include Western and Eastern Kingbirds.  Over by 1:00 p.m.
 

Saturday, May 5, 2007 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
King County Big Day
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Gene Hunn
4:30 AM, Mee-Kwa-Mooks park, West Seattle, for owling  (optional)
OR 6:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot, UW

Gene's goal, beat the King County Big Day record set by this team last year at 124 species. Montlake Fill, Discovery Park, Kenmore, Duvall, Stillwater, Carnation, Tiger Mountain, Auburn, Kent, Fauntleroy, Alki, Duwamish. Return to UW by 6 p.m. Hard-core birders will bird until dark.
 

Sunday, May 6, 2007 - Limit 14
Kittitas County & Potholes
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders:  Rick Sanders and John Friars
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

From Snoqualmie to Vantage, we’ll look for warblers, flycatchers, Brewer’s and Sage Sparrows.  At Potholes, we’ll see Redheads, American Avocets & Black-necked Stilts.  Be prepared for a long day and a high species count: last year’s trip produced 133 species.  Back in the evening.  Carpool cost: $45 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 12, 2007 - Limit 11
East/West Birdathon
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader:  Brent Grisim
5:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Habitat diversity means species diversity.  We'll try to see 100 species in a day, starting in West Seattle for salt water species, then heading east along the I-90 corridor to Cle Elum and beyond.  Bring along plenty of food, caffeine and zeal.  Scopes a plus.  Return by 8:00 p.m.
 

Sunday, May 13, 2007 - Limit 10
Cle Elum/Ellensburg
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Christine Vadai & Tina Klein-Lebbink
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

Join us for a day in the mountains and sagebrush in the Cle Elum/Ellensburg
area.  We’ll look for both Bluebirds, Pygmy Nuthatches, Cassin's Finches, Sage Thrashers, Vesper, Sage and Lark Sparrows, Prairie Falcon, White-headed Woodpecker, Williamson's & Red-naped Sapsuckers, as well as the other dry-side specialties.  Bring lunch and fluids.  Return early evening.  Carpool cost: $33 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 20, 2007 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear, East Slope Cascades
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

We’ll bird a variety of habitats to find a good representation of Eastern Cascade species.  Focus will be identifying species by vocalizations.  Walk approximately 5 miles, uneven ground & tricky stream crossings.  Possible restaurant stop.  Back early evening.  Carpool cost: $39 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 20, 2007 - Limit 12
Seward Park
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leaders: Miriam Grey & Judy Roan
8:30 AM, Parking lot next to the Art Studio

We’ll explore the many paths threading through Seward Park’s varied habitats, looking for nesting birds as well as the band of parrots that frequents the area.  A Bald Eagle nest may show activity, as well as resident Pileated Woodpeckers.  Be prepared to walk about 2.5 miles.
 

Saturday, May 26, 2007 - Limit 13
Robinson Canyon
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

Robinson Canyon, near Ellensburg, is an absolute gem.  Highly diverse habitats provide excellent birding.  Due to habitat restoration work, roads and the bridge have been torn out.  Walk 5 miles on uneven ground & tricky stream crossings.  Possible restaurant stop.  Back late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 26, 2007 - Limit 10
Snoqualmie Valley Trail at Stillwater
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Nancy Alden
7:30 AM, SE corner of Albertson’s parking lot, Redmond-Fall City Road (SR202) at 236th

May is a good time to find nesting birds in this rich habitat.  Expect to see & hear flycatchers, woodpeckers, vireos, and more.  Walk-2 miles; return 1 p.m.
 

Sunday, May 27, 2007 - Limit 15
Stampede Pass to Ellensburg
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader:  Dave Swayne
7:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

We’ll start our birding at Stampede Pass and finish the day exploring canyons northeast of Ellensburg.  Along the way we’ll search for raptors and the many breeding birds of the area.  Carpool cost: $33 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 2, 2007 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Leader: Mark Johnston
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

We’ll spend 5 hours birding the extraordinary mix of habitats at the base of Issaquah’s Tiger Mountain.  We’ll focus on identifying species by vocalizations and discuss aspects of the ecology of acoustic communication in birds.  Walk 5 miles.  Back by 1:00 p.m.  Carpool cost: $4.50 split equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 3, 2007 - Limit 12
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leader: MaryFrances Mathis
7:30 AM, JBP parking lot

Juanita Bay Park is one of the gems on the east side of Lake Washington.   Varied habitats within the park host a vast array of species, and the quiet of an early Sunday morning is one of the best times to explore.  Over by noon.
 

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - Limit 11
Snoqualmie to Roslyn
Leader: Brian Bell
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

We will start at Snoqualmie Pass and work our way east and downslope searching out migrant and resident birds. We'll hope for some higher altitude birds early and returning passerines later. We’ll play it by ear.  Scopes useful, dress for unusual weather. Bring lunch, fluids. Back early evening.  Carpool cost: $24 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 16, 2007 - Limit 12
Mystery Mountain Birding Destination
Leader: Dave Swayne
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Join Dave Swayne for a day of hiking ‘somewhere’ in the mountains! Dave says to look at Page 65 of your DeLorme Washington Atlas & Gazetteer to get an idea of the possible locations (Hint: Probably somewhere in the Cascades off the I-90 corridor). Expect montane species on a fun 5-6 mile hike.
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - Limit 7
Robinson Canyon, Kittitas County
Leader: Marv Breece
5:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Exceptional birding in a wonderful setting with diverse habitats. Expect to hike a few miles on solid but uneven trails. You'll need good footwear! Back by evening. Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Limit 45
Protection Island Boat Trip   $65
Leader: George Gerdts
10:00 AM, Port Townsend Marina

Protection Island is a 400-acre National Wildlife Refuge with 70% of Puget Sound’s nesting marine birds making it their breeding ground.  The charter cruiser “My Girl,” has excellent viewing from covered outside decks or comfortable inside seating.  We’ll expect to get good views of nesting birds including Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, cormorants, and hopefully Tufted Puffins and Black Oystercatchers.  The concentrations of birds are spectacular.  Other marine mammal sightings possible.  Coffee and cider provided.  Bring your own lunch.  Return 2 p.m. After you register, George will send forms and directions. Audubon gets 20% of the trip cost.
 

Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Limit 10
Bike and Bird Lake Washington’s Hotspots
Leader:  Sam Woods
7:00 AM, Seward Park main entrance parking lot (by tennis courts)

Burn calories, not gasoline, and explore Lake Washington’s fabulous habitat and views.  The Olmsted brothers’ legacy has provided birds with a green corridor for migrating through Seattle.  We will bird Seward Park, Genesee Park, Colman Park, Madrona Park, the Arboretum, Foster Island, and time permitting, the Montlake Fill.  The route is nearly level and approximately 20 miles.  Bring bike, helmet, binoculars, snacks and dress for the weather.  Back by 4:00 p.m.
 

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - Limit 10
The Teanaway, Kittitas County
Leader: Brian H. Bell and Michael Hobbs
5:00 AM, Tibbetts P&R (Issaquah)

June is a great time for woodpeckers, warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and other passerines on the eastern slopes of the Cascades. Brian and Michael will help us find a good assortment of birds as we work our way up the Teanaway River. Bring lunch and fluids, scopes, enthusiasm and be prepared for a long day (back early evening). Carpool to 3 cars.  Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, July 8, 2007 - Limit 12
Discovery Park Walk
Leader:  Darren Curtis
8:00 AM, Discovery Park South Parking Lot

The walk will follow the Loop Trail across the grassy area to the west of the parking area and then descend to the South and North beaches.  We will potentially observe grassland and forest species, including the resident raptors.  The beach areas should yield waterfowl, gulls, and alcids. All levels of birders are welcome.  We will spend time identifying birds by ear and sight.  The trip leader will bring a scope.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own optics.
 

Saturday, July 14, 2007 - Limit 12
Mowich Lake, Spray Falls, Spray Park
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Explore the northwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park, making a moderately strenuous hike (6- to 7-mile round trip from Mowich Lake to Spray Park and back; about a 600 - to 800 foot elevation gain) to look for wildflowers and birds, including Sooty (Blue) Grouse, Prairie Falcons, and American Dipper. Dress for mountain weather, and bring park entrance fee. Return late afternoon. NOTE: Road & trail conditions in Mt. Rainier NP may require that we alter our itinerary. Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by riders.
 

Monday, July 16, 2007 - Limit 12
Naches Pass/Windy Pass
Leader: Gene Hunn
5:30 AM, Newport Hills P&R

Explore the Cascade crest at Naches Pass and Windy Pass, and possibly climb Kelly Butte. Be prepared for some not-too-strenuous hiking and for weather at 5,000 feet. Target possibilities include Sooty Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Northern Pygmy Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, and other montane species uncommon in King County. Return by 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - Limit 11
Hurricane Ridge (on the Olympic Peninsula)
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:00 AM, NE 145th St P&R

Join Brian as we explore the forests working our way up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. From passerines in the lower forests to raptors and possibly Sooty Grouse up top we will search out to birds. Bring lunch and fluids, scopes. Back early evening. Carpool to 3 cars.  Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by riders, plus ferry money.
 

Saturday, July 21, 2007 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Ron Leamon
8:00 AM, small parking lot just west of Center for Urban Horticulture (near path to Fill)

Enjoy a walk focused on the Fill's summer resident birds.  We should see swallows, finches, sparrows, ducks, herons, and grebes, and perhaps raptors and shorebirds. Surprises are always possible at the Fill. Over late morning.
 

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - Limit 11
Jetty Island/Everett
Leader: Fran Wood (male)
8:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll carpool to the shore, take the free ferry over to Jetty Island, and look for shorebirds, nesting Ospreys, and perhaps an Arctic Tern or Peregrine. Plan on walking in wet sand, and dress in layers for possibly cool, windy weather. We'll make a couple of brief birding stops as we head south. Bring lunch and water. Estimated return in late afternoon. Carpool cost: $10.50 shared equally by riders
 

Sunday, July 29, 2007 - Limit 8
Slow-paced Montane Birding: Sunrise, Mt. Rainier
Leader: Patricia Lott
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Montane species, such as Evening Grosbeak, Clark’s Nutcracker, Raptors, and possible treats like Goshawk, or Pygmy Owl can be seen along the Emmons glacier overlook loop trail at 6,400 feet. Surfaces are paved and hard-packed dirt with some tree roots and rock. The trail drops gradually a hundred feet on the way in along the rim and the loop totals 1.7 miles. Bring along your Golden Access or Eagle Passport, if you have one, layered clothing for any weather, and extra food and water. We will carpool as much as possible and return by evening. Carpool cost: $39 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - Limit 40
Bat Walk at Greenlake Park
Leader: Curt Black, Chiroptologist
8:00 PM (Dusk
)

Meet just west of the Bath House (Bat House) Theatre, northwest corner of Greenlake Park, between the parking lots and the hike and bike trail.

Plan an evening filled with discovery and wonder as we meet "the other flying vertebrates."  As our eyes adjust to the fading light, we will listen with bat detectors for the ultrasonic echolocation calls of 10 of Washington's 15 bat species.  No binoculars or other optics will be needed. This is a non-strenuous event -- we just mill around the grassy knoll west of the theatre.  Please, no nylon outer-wear.  Rain will reschedule. The more you "really don't like bats" the more Curt wants you to attend this event.  Kids welcome!
 

Monday, August 13, 2007 - Limit 15
Nisqually NWR
Leader: Fran Wood (male)
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll walk 1 to 2 miles of level trails and elevated boardwalks looking for waterfowl, raptors, and passerines.  Bring money for $3 entrance fee or your Golden Eagle or Golden Age pass. Pack lunch and liquids.  Dress for the weather. Return by late afternoon.  Carpool cost $19.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, August 19, 2007 - Limit 10
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leader:  MaryFrances Mathis
7:30 AM, JBP parking lot

Juanita Bay Park is one of the gems on Lake Washington’s east side.  Varied habitats within the park host a vast array of species, and the quiet of an early Sunday morning is one of the best times to explore. Over by noon.
 

Saturday, August 18, 2007 - Limit 30
Bat Walk at Greenlake Park
Leader: Curt Black, Chiroptologist
8:00 PM (dusk)

Meet just west of the Bath House (Bat House ) Theatre, northwest corner of Greenlake Park, between the parking lots and the hike and bike trail.

Plan an evening filled with discovery and wonder as we meet “the other flying vertebrates.” As our eyes adjust to the fading light, we will listen with bat detectors for the ultrasonic echolocation calls of 10 of Washington’s 15 bat species. No binoculars or other optics will be needed.  This is a non-strenuous event---we just mill around the grassy knoll west of the theatre.  Please, no nylon outer-wear.  Rain will reschedule.  The more you “really don’t like bats” the more Curt wants you to attend this event. Kids with parents welcome!
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Limit 11
Naches Pass/WindyPass
Leader:  Matt Bartels
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Explore the Cascade crest at Naches Pass and Windy Pass.  We’ll spend the day looking for montane species uncommon in King County. Possibilities include bluebirds, Townsend’s Solitaire, Cassin’s Finch, Northern Goshawk and Golden Eagle.  Be prepared for some not-too-strenuous hiking and for weather at 5,000 feet.  We’ll start with passerines, then look for early migrating raptors. Return by 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Limit 6
ACCESSIBLE BIRDING:  Rainy Lake, North Cascades
Leader:  Patricia Lott
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Stunning views of surrounding peaks and a pristine Alpine lake await us as we look for montane species such as Clark’s Nutcracker, Gray Jay, Mountain Chickadee, or Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Yellow-rumped Warbler along a wide, paved, 1-mile trail at 4,900 feet. The trail uses boardwalk to cross a mountain stream at .5 miles and descends gently 60 paved feet to the lake edge.  Bring along your NW Forest pass, or Golden Access or Eagle Passport, if you have one, layered clothing for any weather, lunch, extra food and water, and provisions for the 4-hour drive.  Return by evening. Carpool cost to be determined.
 

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion (small shelter on your right at end of driveway, to the west of boat launch parking lot).

We will be searching for Seattle’s year-round resident land birds plus the last of the flycatchers, swallows, Cedar Waxwings and Savannah Sparrows that call Magnuson their home in summer.  Who knows? Maybe a warbler will be passing through! Be prepared to walk two to three miles, up hill and down.  Children welcome.  Over early afternoon.
 

Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Limit 10
Ocean Shores & Westport
Leader: Christine Vadai
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Join us for a day on the Washington Coast, as we travel to Ocean Shores and the Westport area. We’ll be looking for shorebirds and other southbound migrants. Pack a lunch and dress comfortably for a long drive.  Carpool cost to be determined.
 

Saturday, September 8, 2007 - Limit 8
On the Duwamish
Leader:  Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Targeted at beginning birders, but all are welcome. Explore T-105, T-107, Hamm Creek, and Turning Basin #3. You never know what might turn up. Binoculars essential; bring your scope if you have one. Over by noon, but bring a lunch if you want to explore further.  Carpool  cost to be determined.
 

Sunday, September 9, 2007 - Limit 10
Point-No-Point & Marrowstone Island
Leaders: Mike West and MaryFrances Mathis
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Explore the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, looking for shorebirds and seabirds, including Parasitic Jaegers, Harlequin Ducks, and Black Turnstones.  Bring a scope if you have one, lunch, fluids, and money for the ferry, etc.  Home early evening. Carpool total : $28.00 + ferry, shared by rider.
 

Sunday, September  9, 2007 - Limit 12
Skagit Fall Migratory Bird Trip
Leader:  Darren Curtis
8:00 AM, Ravenna  P&R

Visit to the Skagit Flats and northwards to view both migratory birds and resident avian species.  The route will encompass several sites in the Skagit Wildlife Area on Fir Island, then north to Padilla Bay and areas near the Samish Flats.  We will be looking for migrating passerines, shorebirds, and the resident raptors. Leader will bring a scope; participants are encouraged to bring theirs.  Drivers need WA State Wildlife Parking Permit  to park in some of the wildlife areas.  Back in Seattle by about 3:00 p.m.  Carpool cost $26.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 22, 2007 - Limit 10
Nisqually NWR
Leader: Christine Vadai
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll walk 1 to 2 miles of level trails and elevated boardwalks looking for waterfowl, raptors, and passerines, probably passing migrants rather than wintering birds.  Bring money for $3 entrance fee or your Golden Eagle or Golden Age pass. Pack lunch and liquids.  Dress for the weather. Return by late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $19.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Monday, September 24, 2007 - Limit 15
Sequim Area
Leader: Fran Wood
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We plan to catch the 7:55 Kingston ferry in Edmonds.    We’ll look for all sorts of keen stuff (ducks, gulls, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines).  It can be cold and/or wet. Bring scopes, lunch and ferry money.  Back by early evening.  Carpool cost:  $24 (plus ferry) shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - Limit 7
Spencer Island (Snohomish County)
Leader:  Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spencer Island offers a variety of habitats.  Expect to see passerines, water birds, raptors and perhaps a few Species of shorebirds.  We will bird on foot on a level trail, walking about 2 or 3 miles.  Back by mid to late afternoon. Carpool cost: $10.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Limit 15
Port Angeles to Sequim
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:00 AM, NE 145th P&R (N. Jackson Park)

We should have excellent birding at this time. We'll hit Ediz Hook looking for loons, grebes, alcids and waterfowl. Elsewhere we'll search out wintering shorebirds, more waterfowl, and small passerines. Scopes essential. Dress for the weather. Take lunch and money for ferry, return by early evening. This will be a fast-paced trip for experienced birders. Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by passengers.
 

Sunday, October 21, 2007 - Limit 12
Seward Park
Leader: Judy Roan and Miriam Gray
9:00 AM

Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path.  In addition to many waterfowl species, we may be fortunate to find Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers.  Please, be prepared for rain and cool weather.  Trails can be muddy. Over by 1:00 p.m.
 

Friday, October 26, 2007 - Limit 15
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Fran Wood (male)
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R (north of 65th)

We’ll walk one or two miles of level trails and elevated boardwalks looking for waterfowl, raptors, and passerines.  Bring money for $3 entrance fee or your Golden Eagle or Golden Age pass.  Pack lunch and liquids.  Dress for the weather.  Return by late afternoon.  Carpool cost $19 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 3, 2007 - Limit 14
Ellensburg Area
Leader: Dave Swayne
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

We’ll probably begin birding at Elk Heights, then explore further with likely stops at Robinson and Reecer Canyons.  Bring lunch, liquids, and layers of clothing.  Back by late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $43.75 shared equally by passengers.
 

Saturday, November 10, 2007 - Limit 10
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend.  Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility.  We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks.  Scopes a plus.  Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes.  Dress for blustery weather.  Return by late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $17.50 shared equally by passengers.
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders:  Paul & Barb Webster
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Late fall is an excellent time to explore the varied habitats of Whidbey Island. We’ll look for seabirds, wintering ducks, gulls and raptors.  Wear warm clothes and take rain gear. Bring a scope if you have one, lunch, fluids, and money for ferry, etc. Back by early evening.  Carpool cost of $36 + ferry, shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, November 15, 2007 - Limit: 12
Magnuson Park
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

We will mainly be looking at common Seattle residents, but will also check along the shoreline to see if the Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye are back yet. Expect to walk two to three miles, up hill and down.  Be prepared for mud. Beginners welcome.  Over early afternoon.
 

Saturday, November 17, 2007 - Limit 10
Columbia Basin and lower Grand Coulee
Leader: Scott Downes
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

Fall is a great time to check out migrating waterfowl along the Columbia River and the Lower Grand Coulee lakes. Stops will include Vantage, Soap Lake and the Lower Grand Coulee to look for waterbirds and possibly a detour into the uplands of the Basin to search for wintering raptors beginning to return. Meet Denis DeSilvis at the Tibbetts parking lot (Issaquah) at 6:30 a.m. to arrange carpools. Then meet Scott Downes in Ellensburg at 8 a.m. Return to Ellensburg between 5 and 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $70 to be shared by riders.
 

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leader: Christine Vadai
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll explore the Nisqually delta for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bitterns, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink.  Plan to walk several miles.  Bring good hiking shoes, water and a packed lunch.  Scopes and raingear recommended.  Return estimated at 4:00 p.m.  Carpool cost: $19.25 shared equally by passengers.
 

Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Limit 8
Bike and Bird Along Lake Washington
Leader:  Sam Woods
9:00 AM, Seward Park, parking lot by tennis courts, at park entrance

Join us to explore, in a very environmentally friendly way, the public shoreline in south Seattle.  Depending upon the weather, we’ll bike along the level, multiuse path between Seward Park and Colman Park where we can expect to see numerous waterbirds and the typical local birds.  We’ll spend 4 hours biking and birding approximately 9 miles of shoreline.  Note, the weather may determine if this turns into a walk and bird trip.  Please call the morning of the trip to confirm if unsure.  Bring your bike, helmet, binoculars, and dress for the weather.  Over by early afternoon.
 

Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Limit 14
Seattle's Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the North end of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.   We’ll carpool in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.  Carpool cost $4 per passenger, payable to driver.
 

Saturday, November 24, 2007 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll spend approximately 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area.  Bring a lunch and water, and dress to stay warm and dry.  Scopes helpful.  Return by early afternoon.  Carpool cost: $17.50 shared equally by passengers.
 

Sunday, November 25, 2007 - Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, the North Parking Lot of the park

Luther Burbank Park has diverse habitat that attracts a variety of wintering waterfowl, as well as, Fox Sparrows, White and Golden-crowned Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Eagles, Great Blue Herons and other usual suspects. We will circumnavigate the park on foot paths that can be muddy and wet so be prepared for rain.  This slow paced walk takes about three hours leaving lots of time for scoping out waterfowl.
 

Saturday, December 1, 2007 - Limit 14
South King County Puget Sound
Leader: Matt Bartels
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet. We'll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring lunch & snacks, and dress for weather. Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon. Carpool cost: $15.75 shared equally by riders.

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - Limit 15
Samish & Skagit
Leader: Brian H. Bell
8:00 AM, NE 145th P&R (N Jackson Park)

Our wintering raptors will be back, so we will be looking for eagles, hawks, falcons, accipiters and possibly Short-eared Owls. We'll also watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, small passerines and if we're lucky Northern Shrike. Scopes very helpful. All experience levels welcome. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids, and a WDFW access pass if you have one. Back late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by passengers.
 

Thursday, December 6, 2007 - Limit 10
Samish & Skagit Flats
Leaders: Shiva Parameswaran & Maryanne Thorbeck
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

This field trip will focus primarily on raptors and their identification. We will also spend some time looking at wintering water birds. All wintering passerines will be a definite bonus. Please dress for cold, wet & windy weather and bring all essentials like lunch, snacks & water. If one has Washington State's Wildlife access pass, please bring this also. Car pooling a must and the trip would need two additional drivers. Return by early evening.  Carpool cost: $35 shared equally by passengers.
 

Saturday, December 8, 2007 - Limit 10
Point No Point to Fort Flagler
Leader: George Gerdts
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll go to Point No Point and Port Gamble, across the Hood Canal Bridge to Marrowstone Island and Fort Flagler.  We should be back in time for the 5:10 p.m. ferry to Edmonds.  Carpool cost: $30 (plus ferry) shared equally by riders.  Bring warm clothes, rain gear, scopes, and lunch.

 

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Sunday, January 13, 2008 - Limit 12
Fall City to Duvall
Leader: Gene Hunn
8:00 AM, Woodinville P&R (17800 140th NE)

Join us for a day exploring for the wintering birds of the Snoqualmie River Valley. We'll look for swans, geese, ducks, sparrows, raptors, and anything else we can find. We'll check the SAS Carnation Marsh, Stillwater, McCormick Park, Cherry Valley, and other spots that look promising. Bring lunch, snacks, and dress for the weather. Scopes and two-way radios a plus; return by 4:00 p.m.
 

Sunday, January 13, 2008 - Limit 15
Port Susan Bay/Nature Conservancy Preserve
Leaders: Pam Pritzl and Miriam Gray3
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

The Nature Conservancy's 4,122-acre Port Susan Bay Preserve, south of Stanwood contains 160 acres of diked uplands, marshes, and tidally influenced channels and mudflats, straddling the southern and northern mouths of the Stillaguamish River. Port Susan Bay is one of the most important stops along the Pacific Flyway as well as critical salmon habitat. The property is closed to the public, but we have permission to visit. Expect to see wintering raptors, ducks, snow geese, great blue herons, shorebirds, and a variety of sparrows. Be prepared to walk 2-3 easy miles on the dike. Bring binoculars, boots, rain gear, warm clothes, and lunch. Scopes welcome. Trip over early afternoon.
 

Saturday, January 19, 2008 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leaders: Christine Vadai  and Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll explore the Nisqually delta for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bitterns, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink. Plan to walk much of the 5.5-mile loop so bring good hiking shoes, water, and lunch. Scopes and raingear recommended. Return around 4:00 p.m.
 

Saturday, January 26, 2008 - Limit 8
Vashon/Maury Island
Leader: Michael Hobbs
8:15 AM, Lincoln Park, lower parking lot

Be sure to be on time to catch the 8:35AM ferry. We will scan saltwater habitats and expect to see grebes, loons, scoters, cormorants, merganser, goldeneyes, alcids, and gulls. Bring lunch. Scopes very useful. Return on the 4:10 p.m. ferry.
 

Saturday, January 26, 2008 - Limit 10
West Seattle Waterfront
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Webster
8:30 AM, Don Armeni Boat Ramp south of Duwamish Head

Explore the West Seattle waterfront and a neighboring greenbelt in search of wintering and resident species. We'll carpool to several spots and walk up to two miles on relatively easy terrain. There is a strong possibility of a bakery stop.  Dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Over around noon.
 

Saturday, January 26 - Sunday, January 27, 2008 - Limit 5
Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge/Delta B.C. – in conjunction with East Lake Washington Audubon
Leaders: MaryFrances Mathis and Megan Lyden
7:00 AM, South Kirkland P&R

Look for resident and wintering passerines, raptors, owls, and waterfowl along the trails. Sunday we'll stop at Boundary Bay for Snowy Owls, Point Roberts, and Drayton Harbor. Scopes helpful. Bring passport, lunch, and money for food and overnight accommodations. Return by 6PM on Sunday. Call the trip leaders for details on accommodations.
 

Saturday, February 2, 2008 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

(Take bus #74 or #75 to NE 65th St Entrance off Sand Pont Way NE.  Go east to small shelter on your right at end of driveway, to west of boat launch parking lot.)

We'll check out the grebes, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and other ducks on the lake, as well as a few gulls.  There's always a variety of sparrows to be found in the park in winter.  Maybe a raptor or two will show up! Be prepared to walk two to three miles, up hill and down, through mud and puddles.  Children welcome.  Over early afternoon.
 

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Seattle's Peregrine Falcons - Limit 14
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the North end of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.   Limit of 14, carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Saturday, February 9, 2008 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and water; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by mid-afternoon.
 

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - Limit 11
Skagit and Samish Flats
Leader:  Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll bird in Snohomish and Skagit Counties looking for raptors, waterfowl and early migrants.  Dress for the weather, bring a lunch, and a WDFW parking permit if you have one.  Scopes a plus.  Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, 2008 - Limit 14
Yakima Firing Range Sage Grouse Lek and Kittitas County
Leaders: Connie Sidles and MaryFrances Mathis
7:00 AM, South Kirkland P&R

Carpooling, we’ll bird our way through Kittitas County to Yakima on Friday, exploring the Wenas area.  Saturday morning, we’ll join two of the Army's wildlife biologists for the Sage Grouse tour at the Yakima Training Center. These experts will guide us to one of the state's most famous Sage Grouse leks, where we hope to see males displaying their spectacular white chests and spiky tails for the delectation of the females. We must arrive no later than 5:15 a.m. at the Main Gate. There is a 100% ID check for ALL participants: a valid picture ID such as driver's license will be required. In addition, carpool drivers will need license, current proof of insurance, and signed vehicle registration. Dress for standing in cold weather. After viewing the Sage Grouse, we’ll bird more in Yakima before we head back to Seattle. Scopes are essential.  The leaders will arrange hotel accommodations in Yakima, and will contact all participants with the particulars.  Carpool cost: $65 shared equally by riders.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - Limit 12
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian Bell
7:00 AM, NE 145th St. P&R

We will explore the north end of the island looking for passerines, and then work our way south looking for loons, grebes, and alcids. We'll scope Swantown and Crockett Lake for shorebirds and keep our eyes out for raptors. Wherever possible, we'll scan for ducks. Scopes very helpful. Take lunch, fluids, and money for ferry. Back early evening.  Carpool costs $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 5, 2008 - Limit 10
Socratic Birding in Kittitas County
Leader: Robert Riedl
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett’s lot)

Who is this bird?  How do we know?  Where did he come from?  These questions and more will be posed as we explore the birds of the Ellensburg/Vantage area.  Great for Beginning and Intermediate birders.  Dress for the weather and bring a lunch. Spotting scopes and radios are encouraged.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 6, 2008 - Limit 8
Lower Duwamish
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Targeted at beginning birders but all are welcome. We'll explore T-105, T-107, Hamm Creek, and Turning Basin #3. Binoculars essential; scopes useful. Over by noon; bring lunch if you want to explore further.
 

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - Limit 15
Nisqually NWR
Leader:  Fran Wood
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Nisqually is known for habitat diversity and variety of waterfowl, raptors, & passerines.  Depending on weather & group, we may hike 5.5 level miles. Return late afternoon.  Bring Golden Eagle/Age passes.  Carpool cost: $22, shared equally by riders, plus park fee.
 

Saturday, April 12, 2008 - Limit 11
Central Washington’s Shrub-Steppe
Leader: Mark Johnston
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett’s lot)

Spend the day birding shrub-steppe habitat and associated open areas near Vantage.  We’ll walk approximately 4 miles in search of Sage, Brewer’s, and Vesper Sparrows, Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, and Loggerhead Shrike.  Prairie Falcon, Chukar and white-throated swift possible.  Restaurant stop on return.  Back late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 13, 2008 - Limit 14
Cle Elum to Ellensburg
Leader: Dave Swayne
7:00 AM Issaquah P&R (Tibbett’s lot)

We’ll start birding in the Cle Elum area and finish with exploring the canyons NE of Ellensburg, searching for raptors and the many breeding birds of the area.  Bring lunch; return early evening.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Brian Bell
6:00 AM, NE 145th St P&R

Whidbey is good any time of year. We will start at the north end of the island for passerines and work our way south looking for loons, grebes and other water birds. We'll scope the marshlands and mudflats for shorebirds. Scopes essential. Bring lunch, fluids. Back early evening.  Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 19, 2008 - Limit 10
Westport - Tokeland Area
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Paul and Barbara Webster
6:00 AM, 272nd St. P&R (I-5 exit #147, in Kent)

In Gray's Harbor and Pacific Counties we'll stop in different habitats to look for residents, returning migrants and those just stopping over on the way to their breeding grounds.  We'll wait to see which birds are present before choosing our exact route; possible stops include Brady Loop, Johns River, Bottle Beach, Westport, Midway Beach and Tokeland.  Plan for possible damp conditions. Come prepared with lunch, drink and appropriate gear.  Spotting scopes helpful.  Return early evening. Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 26, 2008 - Limit 7 in 3 vehicles
Fort Lewis - Marsh, Forest, & Prairie
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, South 320th P&R (Federal Way)

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a defacto wildlife refuge. Places visited depend on areas that are open due to troop training. Expect to find Purple Martins, warblers, flycatchers, bluebirds, and many more.  Some walking.  Photo ID required; drivers need proof of insurance, license, registration.  Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus.  Return late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $24 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 26, 2008 -Limit 10
North Seattle Neighborhood Walk
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leaders: Matt Mega and Alex Coverdale
9:00 AM, SAS Nature Shop

A great opportunity for beginning birders! This trip starts in the classroom with pictures, bird skins and a peak at Seattle Audubon's hidden nest box cam. We will then head to Meadowbrook ponds and playfield for about a 1-hour bird walk. Over by about 1:00 p.m.  Contact leader with additional questions or to borrow binoculars for the walk.
 

Saturday April 26, 2008 - Limit 10
Snoqualmie Valley
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: John Tubbs & Mason Flint
6:00 AM, Tibbetts P&R, Issaquah

Spend a day of serious birding in the Snoqualmie Valley -- including Fish Hatchery Road, Carnation Marsh, Stillwater, Sikes Lake and other locations as time allows. We will bird intensely, but not frenetically. Plan on walking 3 to 4 miles over the course of the day, weather permitting. Bring binocs, a scope if you'd like, a lunch and comfortable hiking shoes. Some areas may be muddy. Carpool cost: $20 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 27, 2008 - Limit 10
Bike and Bird Lake Washington's Hotspots
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader:  Sam Woods
8:00 AM, Seward Park main entrance parking lot (by tennis courts)

Burn calories, not gasoline, and explore Lake Washington's fabulous habitat and views.  We will bird Seward Park, Colman Park, Madrona Park, the Arboretum, Foster Island, and time permitting, the Montlake Fill.  The route is along a green corridor for migrating birds.  It is nearly level and approximately 20 miles (round trip), appropriate for any level of biking skill.  Expect to see approximately 60 species of birds.  Bring bike, helmet, binoculars, snacks and dress for the weather.  Back by 4:00 p.m.
 

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - Limit 15
Camano Island
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 7:30 AM, QFC in Stanwood

Visit Iverson Spit on Port Susan Bay, and English Boom on Skagit Bay.  Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs, cropland, and forested hillsides.  We'll walk 2-3 miles on easy terrain.  Bring boots, lunch and liquids.  Scopes a plus. Carpool cost: $28 shared equally by riders.
 

Friday, May 2, 2008 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
King County Big Day
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Michael Hobbs and Matt Bartels
5:30 AM, Marymoor Park (near the Clise Mansion)

Start with the sunrise at Marymoor, then move around the county birding at a fast pace until sunset. Participants should log over 100 species, but the emphasis is on having pun. Bring food, drink & dress for weather and fast walking. Contact leaders for info on pre-trip owling. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 3, 2008 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park Half-day (
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

This will be a half-day birdathon for beginners, trying for 50 species, starting at Magnuson, and going elsewhere after noon if we are short of our goal.  Be prepared for rapid walking, over 2-3 miles.  Over by 1 or 2 p.m. Special emphasis on nesting activity.  Recommended pledges: 10-50 cents/species plus $1.00 per active nest.
 

Sunday, May 4, 2008
Seattle Big Foot Day
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Gene Hunn
4:00 AM for owling (optional), discovery Park Visitor Center
6:00 AM to start daylight birding

We'll bird Discovery Park, Ballard Locks, Montlake Fill, and Magnuson Park, from where we will carpool back to our starting point.  Finish before sunset. Those who wish to use bikes or buses to cover connecting walks will be able to do so with a little cell-phone coordination.  100 species.  Total miles on foot about 10.
 

Friday, May 9, 2008 - Limit 15
Sequim Area
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Fran Wood
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R, north side of 65th

We plan to catch the 7:50 Kingston ferry in Edmonds. We'll look for all sorts of keen stuff (ducks, gulls, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines).  It can be cold and/or wet. Bring scopes, lunch and ferry money.  Back by early evening.  Carpool cost:  $32 (plus ferry) shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 10, 2008 - Limit 7 in 3 vehicles
Fort Lewis - Marsh, Forest, & Prairie
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, South 320th P&R (Federal Way)

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a defacto wildlife refuge. Places visited depend on areas that are open due to troop training. Expect to find Purple Martins, warblers, flycatchers, bluebirds, and many more.  Some walking.  Photo ID required; drivers need proof of insurance, license, registration.  Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus.  Return late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $24 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 10, 2008 - Limit 12
Seward Park
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Judy Roan and Miriam Gray
9:00 AM, parking lots next to the Craft Center

Within the Seattle city limits, Seward park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path In addition to many waterfowl species, we may be fortunate to find Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers. Please, be prepared for rain and cool weather. Trails can be muddy. Over by 1:00 p.m.
 

Sunday, May 11, 2008 - Limit 8 in 2 cars
King County Big Day
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Gene Hunn
4:30 AM Mee-Kwa-Mooks park, West Seattle, for owling  (optional)
OR 6:00 AM Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot, UW

Gene's goal, beat the King County Big Day record set by this team last year at 126 species. Montlake Fill, Discovery Park, Kenmore, Duvall, Stillwater, Carnation, Tiger Mountain, Auburn, Kent, Fauntleroy, Alki, Duwamish. Return to UW by 6 p.m. Hard-core birders will bird until dark. Carpool cost: Approximately $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 11, 2008 - Limit 14
Nisqually NWR
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Darren Curtis
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We will walk the dike trail (5.5 miles) and the inner Twin Barns loop.  The walk will cover the grassland, riparian woodlands, tidal flats, and freshwater habitats to view the wide variety of raptors, passerines, waterfowl, and shorebirds at the refuge. Bring lunch, fluids, and entrance fee to the refuge (Check the website for the current price). Back in Seattle between 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Leader will bring a scope.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own if they are comfortable packing their equipment. Carpool cost: $22 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - Limit 7
Robinson Canyon, Kittitas County
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Marv Breece
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Exceptional birding in a wonderful setting with diverse habitats. Expect to hike a few miles on level, but at times rocky trails. You'll need good footwear! Bring lunch and snacks.  Back by evening. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 17, 2008 - Limit 14
Kittitas County & Potholes
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders:  Rick Sanders and John Friars
6:00 AM,  Issaquah P&R

From Snoqualmie to Vantage, we'll look for warblers, flycatchers, Brewer's and Sage Sparrows.  At Potholes, we'll see Redheads, American Avocets & Black-necked Stilts.  Be prepared for a long day and a high species count: last year's trip produced 127 species.  Back in the evening.  Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 18, 2008 - Limit 11
Bob Heirman Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Woody Wheeler
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Join us for an easy two-mile walk through a 340-acre refuge along the Snohomish River that boasts a rich variety of birds and habitats.  Our route will pass by woodlands, three small lakes and along the banks of the river.  We will likely encounter several species of wrens, kinglets, finches, woodpeckers, waterfowl, swallows, warblers and sparrows.  Return to Seattle by noon. Carpool cost $12 shared equally by riders.
 

Monday, May 19, 2008 - Limit 8
Dry Creek Waterfowl
Leaders: MaryFrances Mathis and Megan Lyden
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Joint trip with East Lake Washington Audubon.  Here’s a chance to see eiders, Smews, Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequins, Red-breasted Geese, and more, really close.  Cameras welcome.  Arnold Schouten is one of a few successful breeders of certain ducks.  Spend time in the fascinating ecosystem he has created, a true labor of love.  Afterward, we’ll have time for coastal birding.  Scopes good for coastal stops.  Back early evening.  Carpool cost: $36 plus ferry, to be shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 24, 2008 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the East Slope Cascades
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

We'll spend the day birding a variety of habitats which should produce a good representation of species occurring east of the Cascades.  Our focus will be on identifying species by their vocalizations.  We'll walk approximately 5 miles, much of it over very uneven ground and including stream crossings.  Bring money for a possible restaurant stop.  Back by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $52 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 7, 2008 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Leader: Mark Johnston
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

We'll spend approximately 5 hours birding the extraordinary mix of habitats at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah.   We'll focus on identifying species by their vocalizations and discuss some aspects of the ecology of acoustic communication in birds.  A walk of approximately 5 miles is involved.  Back by 1 p.m. Carpool cost: $5 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 7, 2008 - Limit 7 in 2 cars
Iron Bear Peak (Kittitas County)
Leader Ed Deal
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett’s Lot)

Hike the dry side of the Cascades, through open pine forest and riparian habitats to a mountaintop viewpoint in the Teanaway/Blewett Pass region.  This is a great hike to practice your birding by ear skills, as you are constantly taunted by invisible vireos (Cassin’s and Warbling), warblers (Townsend’s, Nashville, MacGillivray‘s, Y-R) and flycatchers (Hammond’s).  With luck perhaps a Williamson’s Sapsucker or Mountain Bluebird.  Return about 7:30 P.M.   Important Note: Be prepared to hike 7 miles, 1800 ft. gain, high point 5500 ft.   With the heavy snowfall this winter we will not know if the trail is passable until after Earthcare goes to print.  If not, alternate trail(s) in the area will be substituted. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 8, 2008 - Limit 12
Wenas Creek
Leader: Peter Klein
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We will explore the many habitats -- sage, pine forest, and riparian -- of this rich area in spring. We'll see Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Vesper and Brewer Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatches, and possibly a White-headed Woodpecker. Bring a lunch; expect to be back early evening. Carpool cost $48 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 8, 2008 - Limit 12
Discovery Park Walk
Leader:  Darren Curtis
8:00 AM, Discovery Park, East Parking Lot near the Environmental Learning Center

Our walk will include the forest, meadow, and shoreline habitats of Discovery Park.  The walk is an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of species including raptors, waterfowl, and common passerines, with the occasional surprise species.  The route will cover several miles of paths going down to the shoreline, making a loop back to the East Parking lot.  Estimated Time of Return:  Finish between 12:00 – 1:00. Leader will bring a scope.  Light hiking shoes are advisable.  Dress for the weather.
 

Monday, June 16, 2008 - Limit 12
Wenas Creek
Leader: Fran & Bunny Wood
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 7:15, Issaquah P&R

We will explore the many habitats : sage, pine forest, and riparian  of this rich area in spring. We'll see Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Vesper and Brewer Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatches, and possibly a White-headed Woodpecker. Bring a lunch; expect to be back early evening. An optional dinner stop in Ellensburg before heading home is possible, particularly if the weather is great.  Carpool cost from Issaquah P&R $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - Limit 12
Nisqually NWR
Leader: John Tubbs
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

A familiar refuge with freshwater and brackish wetlands, open grasslands, Nisqually River and riparian woodlands.  Waterfowl, shorebirds, warblers, raptors, Great Horned Owl, American Bittern, Purple martin, Wood Ducks and other species may be seen.   Pack lunch and liquids.   Return by late afternoon. Bring money for $3 entrance fee or your Golden Eagle or Golden Age pass. Carpool cost $27.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - Limit 12
Big Four Area
Leader: Pam Pritzl
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R. Group will carpool to meet Pam at 8:00 AM, Big Four Picnic Area Parking lot on Mountain Loop Highway 92.
Accessible

The Big 4 area lies along the Stillaguamish River east of Granite Falls. Be prepared to walk around 1 easy mile as we explore woods, marsh and river edges. The bridge is out, so we won't be able to walk to the ice cave area. Spring mountain birding is at its best here, with red-breasted sapsuckers, warblers and dippers possible. Drivers will need a U. S. Forest Service trailhead parking day pass (at REI any NP office or national forest office) or a Golden Age Pass . Good walking shoes recommended. Bring lunch, over early afternoon. The physical pace is designed to accommodate those using wheel chairs or assistive walking devices. Walking/wheeling surfaces are paved, boardwalk or hard-packed dirt and gravel. Carpool cost shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 21, 2008 - Limit 11
Robinson Canyon
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett's Lot)

Located on the east slope of the Cascades, Robinson Canyon is an absolute gem.  Its highly diverse habitats provide excellent birding in a wonderful setting. We'll spend approximately 5 hours in the canyon walking up to 5 miles in the process.  As a result of recent habitat restoration work, the roads and bridge have been torn out. The ground has been revegetated and is very uneven, so be prepared for rough walking and tricky stream crossings.  Bring money for a possible restaurant stop.  Back by late afternoon.  Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 21, 2008 - Limit 12
Washington Park Arboretum Walk
Leaders: Janine Anderson and Miriam Gray
8:00 AM, Graham Visitor Center

This walk will feature the flora and fauna of the 230 acre Washington Park Arboretum in midsummer, including seasonal highlights, native plants, habitat-worthy selections, and the wilder areas of Duck Bay and Foster Island.  Possible birds include: nesting Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, Wood Ducks, and woodland birds.  Janine is a landscape designer and Certified Professional Horticulturist who has been an Arboretum guide for over 10 years.  Scopes useful.  Over by noon.
 

Sunday, June 22 - Limit 8
Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve
Leader: Helen Gilbert & Henry Noble
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Join us for an easy two-mile walk through a 340-acre refuge along the Snohomish River that boasts a rich variety of birds and habitats. Our route will pass by grasslands, woodlands, two small lakes and along the banks of the river.  We will likely encounter several species of raptors, wrens, kinglets, finches, woodpeckers, waterfowl, swallows, warblers and sparrows.  Return mid-afternoon. Carpool cost $15 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 22, 2008 - Limit 55, $75
Protection Island Boat Trip
Leader: George Gerdts
10:00 AM, Port Hudson Marina, in Port Townsend

Protection Island is a 400-acre National Wildlife Refuge with 70% of Puget Sound's nesting marine birds making it their breeding ground.  The charter cruiser the "Glacier Spirit," has excellent viewing from inside and ample outside viewing from the fore deck.  We'll expect to get good views of all of the nesting birds including Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, cormorants, and hopefully Tufted Puffins and Black Oystercatchers.  The concentration of birds is spectacular.  Other marine mammal sightings possible.  Coffee and cider provided.  Bring your own lunch.  Return about 2 p.m. After you register, George will send forms and directions. Audubon gets 20% of the trip cost.

 

Saturday, June 28 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leader: Denis DeSilvis and Evan Houston
6:55 AM, Ravenna P&R (We’ll leave promptly at 7:00 AM) or
8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge parking lot

For beginning birders: We'll explore the Nisqually delta for raptors, waterfowl, and warblers, as well as bitterns, and perhaps an otter or mink. Plan to walk much of the 5.5-mile loop so bring good hiking shoes, water, and lunch. Binoculars a must; scopes and raingear recommended. Return around 4:00 p.m. Carpool cost from Ravenna P&R  $27.50 shared by all riders.
 

Saturday, July 12, 2008 - Limit 12
Mowich Lake, Spray Falls, Spray Park
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Explore the northwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park, making a moderately strenuous hike (6- to 7-mile round trip from Mowich Lake to Spray Park and back; about a 600 - to 800 foot elevation gain) to look for wildflowers and birds, including Sooty (Blue) Grouse, Prairie Falcons, and American Dipper. Dress for mountain weather, and bring park entrance fee. Return late afternoon. NOTE: Road & trail conditions in Mt. Rainier NP may require that we alter our itinerary. Carpool cost: $43.75 shared equally by riders
 

Sunday, July 13, 2008 - Limit 10
Hike near Blewett Pass
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett's Lot)

We’ll drive to the end of FS 9714, walk up to and across the Teanaway Ridge, along the Kittitas/Chelan county line, back down Road 113.  Distance ~7 miles, elevation gain ~1700'.  Besides all the lower montane species, if we're lucky we'll find Fox Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Lazuli Bunting - if really lucky maybe a Goshawk.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Monday, July 14, 2008 - Limit 12
Naches Pass/Windy Pass
Leader: Gene Hunn
5:30 AM, Newport Hills P&R

Explore the Cascade crest at Naches Pass and Windy Pass, and possibly climb Kelly Butte. Be prepared for some not-too-strenuous hiking and for weather at 5,000 feet. Target possibilities include Sooty Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Northern Pygmy Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, and other montane species uncommon in King County. Return by 6 p.m.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, July 19, 2008 - Limit 10
Ellensburg Area
Leader: Christine Vadai
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

Join us for a trip to the Ellensburg area, including Umtanum Road and many stops along the way.  We'll look for sage brush specialties such as Sage, Brewer's and Vesper Sparrow, residents of Ponderosa Pine such as Townsend's Solitaire, Pygmy Nuthatch, and expect to see bluebirds, orioles, Lazuli Buntings and many other eastern breeders.  Please pack your lunch, and prepare for hot weather.  Sunblock and bug spray recommended. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 2, 2008 - Limit 12
Crescent Lake Wildlife Area
Leaders:  Jan Bragg and Pam Cahn
8:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Come explore this WDFW area, 3 miles south of Monroe, which is used for nesting by Bullock’s Oriole, woodpeckers and other birds.  Most should be done nesting, but we’re hoping to see fledglings.  Each car will need a Vehicle Use Permit from WDFW.  1-2 miles of level walking over uneven ground.   Be prepared for possible presence of hunting dogs.  Over by mid-afternoon.  Contact leader if wishing to meet at Kenmore P&R or in Monroe.  Carpool cost: $18 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 9, 2008 - Limit 10
Naches Peak Flower Walk
Leader: Barb Jensen
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 8:00, Enumclaw Safeway

This five mile loop trail is one of the best wildflower hikes in the northwest! The trail is lined with sub alpine flowers exploding in color and elevations from 5,000’ to 7,000’ afford grand views of Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks and the Pacific Crest Trail. Mt. Goats, marmots, elk, and east slope birds like Swainson’s Hawk and Golden Eagle have been seen on this trip. Bring your lunch, water, sunscreen, wear hiking boots and dress for possible mountain rainy weather or even hot day. Carpool cost: $55 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 16, 2008 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Ron Leamon
8:00 AM, small parking lot just west of Center for Urban Horticulture

Enjoy a leisurely walk focused on summer resident birds.  Surprises are always possible at the Fill, and we may see some early migrants.  Intended for beginners, but all are welcome.
 

Saturday, August 16, 2008 - Limit 7
Mt. Rainier NP – Sunrise
Leader: Ed Deal
6:00 AM, South Renton P&R (S. Grady Way & Shattuck Ave S.)

Hike well-maintained trails through alpine forests, meadows and tundra with stunning Mt Rainier views.  If the group is willing we will hike all the way to Fremont Lookout.  Expect to see Clark’s Nutcrackers, Gray Jays, Mtn Chickadees and soaring hawks.  With luck a Mountain Goat will cross our path.  (Important note: Involves hiking 5-6 miles at 7000 feet – be prepared for changeable alpine weather.)  Bring trail food, fluids and money for park entrance fee.  Return about 7:00 p.m.  Carpool cost: $45 shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - Limit 11
Naches Pass/Windy Pass
Leader:  Matt Bartels
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Explore the Cascade crest at Naches Pass and Windy Pass.  We'll spend the day looking for montane species uncommon in King County. Possibilities include bluebirds, Townsend's Solitaire, Cassin's Finch, Northern Goshawk and Golden Eagle.  Be prepared for some not-too-strenuous hiking and for weather at 5,000 feet.  We'll start with passerines, then look for early migrating raptors. Return by 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 23, 2008 - Limit 40
Bat Walk at Greenlake Park
Leader: Curt Black, Chiroptologist
7:45 PM (dusk)

Meet just west of the Bath House (Bat House) Theatre, northwest corner of Greenlake Park, between the parking lots and the hike and bike trail.

Plan an evening filled with discovery and wonder as we meet “the other flying vertebrates.” As our eyes adjust to the fading light, we will listen with bat detectors for the ultrasonic echolocation calls of 8 of Washington’s 15 bat species. No binoculars or other optics will be needed.  This is a non-strenuous event---we just mill around the grassy knoll west of the theatre.  Please, no nylon outer-wear.  Serious rain will reschedule.  The more you “really don’t like bats” the more Curt wants you to attend this event. Kids with parents welcome!
 

Sunday, August 24, 2008 - Limit 40
Bat Walk at Greenlake Park
Leader: Curt Black, Chiroptologist
7:45 PM (dusk)

Meet just west of the Bath House (Bat House) Theatre, northwest corner of Greenlake Park, between the parking lots and the hike and bike trail.

Plan an evening filled with discovery and wonder as we meet “the other flying vertebrates.” As our eyes adjust to the fading light, we will listen with bat detectors for the ultrasonic echolocation calls of 8 of Washington’s 15 bat species. No binoculars or other optics will be needed.  This is a non-strenuous event---we just mill around the grassy knoll west of the theatre.  Please, no nylon outer-wear.  Serious rain will reschedule.  The more you “really don’t like bats” the more Curt wants you to attend this event. Kids with parents welcome!
 

Sunday, August 24, 2008 - Limit 7
Spencer Island (Snohomish County)
Leader:  Marv Breece
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We may see passerines, water birds, raptors and shorebirds on our Spencer Island walk.  Bring water, snacks and lunch to eat as we bird.  We will walk 2 to 3 miles on a level trail.  Return late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $15 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - Limit 8
Marymoor Park Walk for Beginners
Leaders:  Mason Flint
6:30 AM, Parking lot C next to Pea Patch

This will be a slow paced walk great for newer birders who want help with identification of common species. More than 200 species of birds have been seen at Marymoor Park and it’s usually easy to see 45-50 species on any given day. There’s always the chance for a surprise or two. We’ll walk approximately 2 miles over the course of four hours. Dress for the weather.
 

Saturday, September 6, 2008 - Limit 10
Lower Duwamish
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

For beginning birders, but all are welcome. We'll explore T-105, T-107, and Herring’s House parks, Hamm Creek, and Turning Basin #3. Binoculars essential; scopes useful. Over by noon; bring lunch if you want to explore further.  Carpool cost: $4.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - Limit 11 (3 cars)
Grays Harbor County
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, NW corner Southcenter Mall parking lot

(Heading south on Interstate 5, take Southcenter Blvd./Mall Exit 154B and turn left at the light onto Southcenter Blvd. Turn right onto 61st Ave. Turn Left onto Southcenter Parkway.)

We will explore the best shore areas of Grays Harbor County depending on what has been seen. This could include the Ocean Shores area, the Westport area, Bottle Beach, Midway Beach or Tokeland. Southbound shorebird migration will be in full swing and almost anything could show up. Seabirds will also be present. Come prepared for changing weather. Scopes helpful, bring lunch and fluids. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $65 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 20, 2008 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leader: Christine Vadai
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Join us for a Saturday on Whidbey Island, where we'll explore beaches and wetlands in search of shorebirds, alcids, eagles, and waterfowl.  Pack a lunch; bring your scope and some raingear just in case. We'll take the Mukilteo ferry and return through Anacortes. There will be minimal walking. Return around 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $40 and ferry fare shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, September 21, 2008 - Limit 12
Bicycle along Snoqualmie Valley Trail
Leader: Gene Hunn
7:00 AM, McCormick Park in downtown Duvall

Bike south past Stillwater through Carnation to Fall City (about 15 miles to this point). Lunch in Fall City—either picnic or at a local pub. Return via the West Snoqualmie River Road through the Seattle Audubon Society’s Carnation Marsh, Tolt-MacDonald Park, and then back to Duvall on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Round trip ca. 30 miles. Minimal road traffic to deal with. Return by 4 p.m. Due to the end of summer season we may have to work hard to see the local nesting species, but may encounter migrant land birds, raptors, and waterfowl.
 

Saturday, September 27, 2008 - Limit 6
Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties
Leader: Kathy Andrich
7:00 AM, 272nd Street P&R, south end of lot

This all-day trip (with ELWAS) will focus on shorebirds of the Washington coast. We will also be looking for other migrant birds, gulls, and raptors. Plan on visiting Tokeland (Marbled Godwit), Bottle Beach on the rising tide, Midway Beach (Snowy Plover possible), and depending on time Westport, Johns River, and Brady Loop. Bring food and beverage for the day. Dress for changeable coastal weather (layers and raingear). Boots and scope recommended.  Back by about 7:00 p.m. Carpool cost: $65 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 27, 2008 - Limit 11 (3 cars, 4/car)
Fall Trip to Ellensburg for birds and early fall colors (maybe)
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Fall migrants should be starting to return, including shorebirds and raptors. Summer residents like blue birds may still be found; resident birds such as golden eagles, great horned owls, and grey partridge are possible. Fall colors like vine maple and aspen will be a bonus. Scopes and cameras welcome. Bring lunch; we'll return between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 4, 2008 - Limit 10
Potholes Reservoir/Moses Lake/Lower Grand Coulee
Leader: Doug Schonewald and Denis DeSilvis
8:00 AM Starbucks Coffee (2841 S Maiers Rd, Moses Lake), I-90 Exit 179
OR meet Denis at 5:15 AM Newport Hills P&R to set up carpools

We will be birding areas that are on the Coulee Corridor section of The Great Washington Birding Trail map. Planned stops include Potholes Reservoir, Blue Heron Park, Soap Lake, Lake Lenore, and others as time allows. Expect lingering neo-tropical migrants, shorebirds, plenty of waterfowl, and raptors. Possibilities for rare and exotics are there and this weekend has produced Sabine’s Gull, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, and American Golden Plover among others. Birding will be somewhat intensive and we will move quickly from place to place as birding and conditions dictate. Bring hiking shoes, a sack lunch, warm coat, jacket, binoculars, spotting scope, etc. Return to P&R about 6:00 p.m. If you plan to go to Moses Lake Friday night (vs. carpool early Saturday), be sure to contact Denis after you sign up. Carpool cost: $80 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, October 5, 2008 - Limit 11
Spencer Island, north Everett
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spencer Island has been undergoing some changes; some of the dikes have been breached allowing tidal water flows. We will be looking for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds. The area is usually good for a surprise or two. Plan on walking 2-3 miles on flat dikes. Over by mid-afternoon; dress for the weather; scopes a plus. Carpool cost: $12 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 11, 2008 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, 272nd Street P&R, south end of lot

The Nisqually delta is undergoing significant restoration and the outer dike will come down in 2009. Before that happens, let’s explore the delta for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bitterns, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink. Plan to walk up to 6 miles so bring good hiking shoes, water, and lunch. Scopes and raingear recommended. Return about 2:00 p.m. Carpool cost: $22 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Samish and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian Bell
8:00 AM, NE 145th P&R

This is a great time for raptors and waterfowl on the Samish and Skagit Flats. Look for eagles, hawks, and perhaps several falcons, owls and Trumpeter & Tundra Swans. Come prepared for wet or windy weather, and carry lunch and liquids. Take a WDFW parking sticker if you have one. Scopes helpful. Back early evening.  Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 18, 2008 - Limit 12
Seward Park
Leader:  Miriam Gray
9:00 AM, parking lots next to the Craft Center

Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path.  In addition to many waterfowl species, we may be fortunate to find Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers.  Please, be prepared for rain and cool weather.  Trails can be muddy. Over by 1:00 p.m.
 

Sunday, October 26, 2008 - Limit 14
Ellensburg Area
Leader: Dave Swayne
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett’s Lot)

Conditions dependent, we’ll begin birding at Elk Heights, then explore further with likely stops at Robinson and Reecer Canyons.  Bring lunch, liquids, and layers of clothing.  Back by late afternoon.
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Sunday, October 26, 2008 - Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.  Carpool cost: $5.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 8, 2008 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, 272nd Street P&R, south end of lot

The Nisqually delta is undergoing significant restoration and the outer dike will come down in 2009. Before that happens, let’s explore the delta for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bitterns, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink. Plan to walk up to 5 miles so bring good hiking shoes, water, and lunch. Scopes and raingear recommended. Return about 2:00 p.m. Carpool cost: $22 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 9, 2008 - Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, the North Parking Lot of the park

Luther Burbank Park has diverse habitat that attracts a variety of wintering waterfowl, as well as, Fox Sparrows, White and Golden-crowned Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Eagles, Great Blue Herons and other usual suspects. We will circumnavigate the park on foot paths that can be muddy and wet so be prepared for rain.  This slow paced walk takes about three hours leaving lots of time for scoping out waterfowl.
 

Saturday, November 15, 2008 - Limit 10
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend.  Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility.  We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks.  Scopes a plus.  Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes.  Dress for blustery weather.  Return by late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 15, 2008 - Limit 10
Lower Duwamish
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

For beginning birders, but all are welcome. We'll explore T-105, T-107, and Herring’s House parks; Hamm Creek; and Turning Basin #3. Don’t know what we’ll find at this time of year, but it will be fun! Binoculars essential; scopes useful. Over by noon.  Carpool cost: $4.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 15, 2008 - Limit 10
Columbia Basin and Lower Grand Coulee
Leader: Scott Downes
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R

Fall is a great time to check out migrating waterfowl along the Columbia River and the Lower Grand Coulee lakes. Stops will include Vantage, Soap Lake and the Lower Grand Coulee to look for waterbirds and possibly a detour into the uplands of the Basin to search for wintering raptors beginning to return. Meet Evan Houston at the Tibbetts parking lot (Issaquah) at 6:30 a.m. to arrange carpools. Then meet Scott Downes in Ellensburg at 8 a.m. Return to Ellensburg between 5 and 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $95 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 16, 2008 - Limit 7
Samish Flats (Skagit County)
Leader:  Marv Breece
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

The Samish Flats offers some of the best winter raptor viewing in the country.  Expect to see Red-tailed, Harlan’s and Rough-legged Hawk.  Also Northern Harrier and Bald Eagle.  With luck we’ll find Peregrine Falcon and perhaps American Kestrel and Merlin.  There is a chance for Gyrfalcon and Prairie Falcon as well.  Bring a scope if you can.  Bring a sack lunch, snacks and clothing layers, including rain gear. Back by late afternoon.  Carpool Cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 16, 2008 - Limit 12
Kent Valley Birding
Leader:  Kathy Andrich
7:30 AM, Park at Hawthorne Suites, meet in front of Wendy’s.

(Both are in the same complex at the corner of S 212th and 64th Ave S.  Exit 152 off I-5, go east on Orillia which will turn into 212th, right (south) on 64th and into Hawthorne Suites.)

We will visit Kent Valley at the peak of waterfowl and raptor season and will also look for Western Scrub Jay, sparrow flocks and gulls. Locations will include Boeing Ponds,  Frager/204th St., areas around Kent Ponds, W. Valley Hwy and end at the new Thomas ponds to check for shorebirds. Dress for November weather, boots are a good idea. Scope helpful if you have one. Bring a lunch, beverage and  snacks for the day. Over mid afternoon. Carpool cost: $7.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 22, 2008 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and water; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by mid afternoon. Carpool cost:$25.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 22, 2008 - Limit 10
Birch Bay and Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge, Delta, BC
Leaders: Vicki King and Robin Lewis
6:45 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll stop first at Birch Bay, cross the border, then stop at the 72nd St. Dike before moving on to Reifel Refuge to look for raptors, owls, waterfowl, winter passerines and shorebirds. We'll end the day with dinner at the Rhododendron Cafe in Bow, WA for those who are interested. Bring passport or birth certificates/govt-issued photo ID for the border crossing, $4 for admission to Reifel, lunch, and carpool money. Dress for the weather. Arrive back in Seattle around 9 p.m. Carpool cost: $75 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - Limit 14, in three cars
Samish & Skagit
Leader: Brian H. Bell
8:00 AM, NE 145th P&R (N Jackson Park)

Our wintering raptors will be back, so we will be looking for eagles, hawks, falcons, accipiters and possibly Short-eared Owls. We'll also watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, small passerines and if we're lucky Northern Shrike. Scopes very helpful. All experience levels welcome. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids, and a WDFW access pass if you have one. Back late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, December 6, 2008 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Picnic shelter #1 (just south of boat launch)

Many of the ducks which call Lake Washington their winter home should be back by now.  We’ll start out with a walk on level ground along the shoreline, then work our way inland.  Those who wish may have the option of walking up the hill afterwards for resident songbirds.  Expect wet, muddy walking.  Beginners and children accompanied by adult welcome.  Over by early afternoon.
 

Sunday, December 7, 2008 - Limit 14
South King County Puget Sound
Leader: Matt Bartels
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet. We'll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring lunch & snacks, and dress for weather. Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon. Carpool cost: $22.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, December 13,  2008 - Limit 10
Point No Point to Fort Flagler for alcids, loons, sea ducks, and rocky-shore shorebirds
Leader: George Gerdts
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll go to Point No Point and Port Gamble, across the Hood Canal Bridge to Marrowstone Island and Fort Flagler.  We should be back in time for the 5:10 p.m. ferry to Edmonds. Bring warm clothes, rain gear, scopes, and lunch. Carpool cost: $30 (plus ferry) shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, December 14, 2008 - Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.  Carpool cost: $5.00 shared equally by riders.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009 - Limit 14
Kitsap Peninsula/Sequim
Leader: Peter Klein
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

This area is excellent for a wide variety of loons, grebes, alcids, waterfowl, raptors, and sparrows, plus other passerines. We usually see many species of waterfowl, including Eurasian Wigeons and Long-tailed Ducks. Be prepared for wet, windy weather. Take lunch, liquids, and money for the ferry. Return early evening.  Carpool cost: $54 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, January 11, 2009 - Limit 14
Sequim/Dungeness and the Elwha River
Leaders: John Friars, and Rick Sanders
6:15 AM, 145th P&R

Elwha gives us good looks at several gull species, Harlequin and Long-tailed Ducks, and Black Oystercatchers. Ediz Hook is often good for Rock Sandpipers and other shorebirds. The varied upland and shore habitats at Sequim/Dungeness round out our possibilities. Take food and drink; bring money for the ferry. Dress for weather; scopes are good. Home by early evening.  Carpool cost: $54 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 17, 2009 - Limit 10
West Seattle Waterfront
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Webster
8:30 AM, North end of the Don Armeni Boat Ramp south of Duwamish Head

Explore the West Seattle waterfront and a neighboring greenbelt in search of wintering and resident species. We’ll carpool to several spots and walk up to two miles on relatively easy terrain. There is a strong possibility of a bakery stop.  Dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Over around noon.  Carpool cost: $8 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 24, 2009 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and water; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by mid afternoon.  Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, January 25, 2009 - Limit 11
Kent Valley
Leader:  Gene Hunn
8:00 AM, Newcastle P&R (I-405, Exit 9)

We’ll explore the “wet” spots in Kent, Auburn and Renton, including the Green River NRA (Kent Ponds), Boeing Ponds, and the mouth of the Cedar River, looking for waterfowl, wintering sparrows, raptors, and gulls.  Return by 4 p.m.  Carpool cost: $18 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 31, 2009 - Limit 10
Nisqually Delta
Leader:  Christine Vadai
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll explore the Nisqually delta for eagles, falcons, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bittern, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink.  Plan to walk around 2 miles so bring good hiking shoes, water and a packed lunch.  Scopes and raingear recommended.  Return estimated at 4:00 p.m..  Carpool cost: $33 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, February 1, 2009 - Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city’s Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.  Over at 12:30 p.m.  Carpool cost: $8 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, February 1, 2009 - Limit 15
Port Susan Bay/Nature Conservancy Preserve
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R or 9:00 AM, QFC in Stanwood

The Nature Conservancy’s 4122 acre Port Susan Bay Preserve, south of Stanwood, safeguards some of the finest estuarine habitat in Puget Sound. The preserve contains 160 acres of diked uplands. The rest is a vast expanse of emergent marshes, tidally influenced channels and mudflats, straddling the southern and northern mouths of the Stillaguamish River. The property is closed to the public, but we have permission to go on the property this day. Expect to see wintering raptors, ducks, snow geese, great blue herons, dunlin and a variety of sparrows.  Be prepared to walk up to 2-3 easy miles on the dike; bring binoculars (scopes welcome), wear boots, bring rain gear, warm clothes and lunch. Trip will conclude in the early afternoon. (May visit other nearby locations if time/weather permits.)  Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 7, 2009 - Limit 7/3 cars
Fort Lewis - Marsh, Forest, & Prairie
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, South 320th P&R, Federal Way (I-5,Exit 143)

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a defacto wildlife refuge. Places visited depend on areas that are open due to troop training. Don’t know what to expect this time of year, but it’ll be fun.  Some walking.  Photo ID required; drivers need proof of insurance, license, registration.  Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus.  Return late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $20 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 14, 2009 - Limit 9
Snoqualmie Valley
Leaders: John Tubbs and Mason Flint
7:30 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

We’ll bird various locations in the Snoqualmie Valley from Snoqualmie Falls to Monroe, looking for waterfowl, raptors and wintering sparrows.  Return late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $21 shared equally by riders.
 

Monday, February 16, 2009 - Limit 7
Spencer Island (Snohomish County)
Leader: Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spencer Island offers a variety of habitats.  Expect to see passerines, water birds, raptors and perhaps a few species of shorebirds.  We will bird on foot on a level trail, walking about 2 or 3 miles.  Back by mid to late afternoon. Carpool cost: $18 shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, NE 65th St and 62nd NE

Let’s count how many birds are already singing!  We’ll focus on the songs of Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow and House Finch, if they and the weather cooperate!  We’ll see if any hummingbirds are building nests.  And then we’ll walk along the shoreline, looking at wintering ducks (Greater and Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye).  Be prepared for mud.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Over early afternoon.


Saturday, February 21, 2009 - Limit 10
Samish and Skagit Flats
Leader: Curt Black
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

This area is a national treasure of raptors and waterfowl.  We'll spend the day watching the behaviors and interactions of Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Peregrine and, hopefully, other falcons.  We'll also spend time watching for owls.   We will bird next to the cars, but may occasionally venture 100 meters or so down muddy trails. Truly heinous weather will divert us to the following Saturday.  Otherwise, come prepared for cold, wet and windy conditions, bring boots, lunch and a WDFW parking sticker if you have one.  Scopes are helpful and plan for a bakery stop early in the day.  We will return after darkness drives us off the flats, or if it stops being fun (it won't). Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - Limit 8
Vashon/Maury Island
Leader: Ed Swan
9:00 AM, Lincoln Park, lower parking lot

Be on time for 9:25 a.m. ferry.  Expect to see grebes, loons, scoters, mergansers, goldeneyes, alcids, and gulls.  After looking visiting several spots along the Sound, we’ll move inland for other species. Scopes useful.  Carpool cost = $15 and Ferry fare, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 28, 2009 - Limit 11
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll visit Mystery Bay and Fort Flagler State Park.  Long-tailed Ducks, Black Turnstones, & Ancient Murrelets are possibilities. We'll be taking short walks in cold blustery weather. Return late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $36 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday/Sunday, February 28/March 1, 2009 - Limit 10
SW Washington-Ridgefield and Julia Butler Hanson NWRs.
Leaders: MaryFrances Mathis and Megan Lyden
6:30 AM, South Kirkland P&R

We’ll explore several areas in Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, and Clark counties, including the two National Wildlife Refuges.  Some of the species we should see:  White-tailed Kite and Red-shouldered Hawk, among other raptors; Sandhill Crane, swans, and a vast assortment of waterfowl.  We’ll overnight in the area; the leaders will contact participants with details.  Carpool cost: $120, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, March 7, 2009 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this outing, which will be targeted to beginning through intermediate birders.  We will use our eyes and our equally important, our ears, to find as many avian species as possible in this urban oasis, hopefully 40+.  Our Fill list at this time of year should include a variety of resplendent waterbirds such as Wood Duck, hungry raptors, and native sparrows, and an unexpected highlight or two as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm while exposed to the elements.  Scopes welcome (leader will have one as well).  Over by noon.
 

Sunday, March 8, 2009 - Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, north parking lot near Tennis court

Canvasback, Ring-necked Ducks, American Wigeon, and Goldeneyes seek protected waters.  Fox Sparrows, Bald Eagles and four species of grebe are possibilities.  Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot gear is needed. Back by noon.
 

Saturday, March 14, 2009 - Limit 8
Kittitas County: Old Vantage Hwy – Ginkgo State Park - Columbia River - Wanapum State Park
Leaders: Doug & Barb Schonewald
5:30 AM Issaquah P&R or 7:30 AM, Kittitas Quick Stop (I-90, exit 115)

From Kittitas to Vantage, we'll look for Brewer's, Sage Sparrows, Mountain Bluebirds, and Loggerhead Shrikes. We will bird the brushy areas of Ginkgo and Wanapum SP for lingering winter migrants. The Columbia River should offer a variety of water birds. Depending on the day we may cross the river and bird on the Grant County side of the river as well. Be prepared for a long day and a high species count. Carpool cost: $78 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, March 15, 2009 - Limit 11.
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

We'll search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  Spring courtship should be in full swing. We'll stress observing courtship without disturbing the birds. Dress warmly for standing in 1 spot, bring latte money. Scopes useful. We will carpool, minimizing our caravan to three cars, as we drive around town. Carpool=$9/passengers. Over by 12:30 (back at Ivars').
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - Limit 12
Vantage to Ellensburg
Leader: Brian Bell
7:00 AM, Tibbetts Lot (just South of Issaquah P&R)

Looking for sage birds and waterfowl on the Columbia.  Back late afternoon.  Carpool=$39/passengers.
 

Saturday, March 21, 2009 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

(Meet at shelter west of boat launch parking lot; take bus #74 or #75 to NE65th St entrance, proceed east to boat launch parking lot, pavilion is on your right at end of drive.)

We'll be listening to and looking for common Seattle songbirds, as well as whatever wintering ducks are still around. Nest-building will be a plus.  Children accompanied by adult welcome. Expect mud and lots of walking.  Over early afternoon.
 

Sunday, March 22, 2009 - Limit 10
Marymoor Park
Leader: Michael Hobbs
7:00 AM, Meet at the birding kiosk at the east end of Lot G

Join Michael, who has been birding Marymoor weekly for 15 years.  If we're lucky, we'll catch the end of the winter birds and the first pulse of spring migration.  We'll hope for a few  returning warblers, and a chance of something really fun like Say's Phoebe, Mountain Bluebird, or the year's first Osprey.  Rubber boots recommended.  Bring a snack - over by early afternoon.
 

Sunday, March 29, 2009 - Limit 12
Camano Island
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 8:30 at QFC, Stanwood

Visit Iverson Spit on Port Susan Bay and English Boom on Skagit Bay.  Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs and cropland nestled against a forested hillside. Other Camano Island spots, may be visited if time permits. Be prepared to walk about 2 miles on easy terrain. Bring water, lunch,scopes are a plus. Over mid-afternoon. Carpool cost: $28 (from Seattle) shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 4, 2009 - Limit 8
Lower Duwamish
Leader:  Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Targeted at beginning birders, but all welcome. We’ll explore T-105, T-107, Hamm Creek, and Turning Basin #3. Binoculars essential; scopes useful. Over by about noon.  Carpool costs=$9 to be split by passengers.
 

Sunday, April 5, 2009 - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leader: Kathy & Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at E entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11 a.m.
 

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - Limit 15
Nisqually NWR
Leader:  Fran Wood
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Nisqually is known for habitat diversity and variety of waterfowl, raptors, & passerines.   Bring binoculars, books, lunch, and dress for the weather.  We will walk about 3 miles and return late afternoon. Carpool cost: $22, shared equally by riders, plus park fee (bring Golden Eagle passes if you have them).  If you have any questions, give Fran a call.
 

Saturday, May 16, 2009 – Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the East Slope Cascades
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We'll spend the day birding a variety of habitats which should produce a good representation of species occurring east of the Cascades. Our focus will be on identifying species by their vocalizations. We'll walk approximately 5 miles, much of it over very uneven ground and including tricky stream crossings. Possible restaurant stop on return. Back by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $65 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 23, 2009 – Limit 12
Washington Park Arboretum Walk
Leaders: Janine Anderson and Miriam Gray
8:00 AM, Graham Visitor Center, Washington Park Arboretum

This walk will feature the flora and fauna of the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum in late spring, including seasonal highlights, native plants, habitat-worthy selections, and the wilder areas of Duck Bay and Foster Island. Possible birds include: nesting Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, Wood Ducks, and woodland birds. Janine is a landscape designer and Certified Professional Horticulturist who has been an Arboretum guide for over 10 years. Scopes useful. Over by noon.
 

Saturday, May 30, 2009 – Limit 10
Robinson Canyon
Leaders: Mark Johnston and Jeff Nystuen
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

Located on the east slope of the Cascades, Robinson Canyon is an absolute gem. Its highly diverse habitats provide excellent birding in a wonderful setting. We'll spend approximately 5 hours in the canyon walking up to 5 miles over very uneven ground and including tricky stream crossings. Possible restaurant stop on return. Back by late afternoon. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 30, 2009 – Limit 12
Ellensburg Area/Umtanum Road
Leader: Christine Vadai
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

Join us for a trip to the Ellensburg area, including Umtanum Road and many stops along the way. We'll look for sage brush specialties such as Sage, Brewer's and Vesper Sparrow, residents of Ponderosa Pine such as Townsend's Solitaire, Pygmy Nuthatch, and expect to see bluebirds, orioles, Lazuli Buntings and many other eastern breeders. Please pack your lunch, and prepare for hot weather. Sunblock and bug spray recommended. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $62.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 31, 2009 – Limit 7/3 cars
Fort Lewis and Environs
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, South 320th P&R, Federal Way (I-5, Exit 143, turn S on 23rd Ave S)

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a defacto wildlife refuge. Places visited depend on areas that are open due to troop training. May visit some areas near Ft. Lewis, also. Some walking. Photo ID required; drivers need proof of insurance, license, registration. Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus. Return late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – Limit 10/3 cars
Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg and South
Leader: Paul and Barbara Webster
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We’ll bird from Snoqualmie Pass through Kittitas County to Ellensburg, explore the Yakima Canyon and hike along part of Umtanum Creek. In a variety of habitats - dry forests and canyons of the Cascades east slope, open meadows, and small marshes, we’ll look and listen for an array of breeding and migrant birds. Plan on walking 2-plus miles. Bring lunch, plenty of liquids; scopes a plus. Return early evening. Carpool cost: $70 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – Limit 11/3 cars
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

We will explore Whidbey's nooks and crannies for breeding ducks, remaining waterbirds and alcids, lingering shorebirds at Crockett Lake, and the forests and woodlands for passerines. There are usually some raptors around. Scopes useful. Bring lunch and fluids. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $45 plus ferry shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, June 4, 2009 – Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Leader: Mark Johnston
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett’s Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We'll spend approximately 5 hours birding the extraordinary mix of habitats at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah. We'll focus on identifying species by their vocalizations and discuss some aspects of the ecology of acoustic communication in birds. A walk of approximately 5 miles is involved. Back by 1 p.m. Carpool cost: $3 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 6, 2009 – Limit 12
Bike & Bird – Sammamish River Trail
Leaders: Adam Sedgley and Sam Woods
8:00 AM, Bothell Landing Park (9919 NE 180th St)

Meet at Bothell Landing and explore the Sammamish River Trail. This flat and vehicle-free trail winds along the shallow Sammamish River and is amazingly birdy. We’ll ride and bird the 10 miles to Marymoor Park and return. Bring bike, helmet, snacks, water, bicycle lock and dress for the weather. Back by 4:00 p.m. Please note bicyclists are asked not to park their cars in Bothell Landing's small lot; find street parking or park across the river just to the east at Sammamish River Park.
 

Sunday, June 7, 2009 – Limit 11
Stillwater Natural Area
Leader: Evan Houston
7:00 AM, Albertson’s parking lot near 76 gas station – 3925 236th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA; just off the Redmond-Fall City Road (SR 202)

Visiting this outstanding spot in the Snoqualmie Valley at this time of year is a great way to see many colorful species, some more commonly associated with Eastern WA, but without the long drive. We will focus on using not only our eyes, but also our ears, to locate as many species as we can – targets include Bullock’s Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, Bank Swallow, Red-eyed Vireo, American Bittern, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Willow Flycatcher. Expect to walk a good 3 slow-paced miles on fairly flat ground. Bring binoculars, be prepared for being out in the elements, and wear long pants because we will walk along grassy fields. Leader will have a scope (other scopes welcome as long as you don’t mind carrying them around). Drivers are preferred to have current WDFW vehicle use permit. Back by noon. Carpool cost $2.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Monday, June 8, 2009 – Limit 7
Robinson Canyon
Leader: Marv Breece
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Riparian habitat combined with dry, rocky slopes will provide an opportunity for a diversity of birds. Expect to hike 1 or 2 miles on level, but often rocky trails. You’ll need good footwear. Bring lunch and snacks. No scheduled lunch stop. Return in the evening. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, June 11, 2009 – Limit 12
Wenas Creek
Leader: Fran & Bunny Wood
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 7:15 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We will explore the many habitats – sage, pine forest, and riparian – of this rich area in spring. We'll see Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Vesper and Brewer’s Sparrows, White-breasted Nuthatches, and possibly a White-headed Woodpecker. Bring a lunch; expect to be back early evening. An optional dinner stop in Ellensburg before heading home is possible, particularly if the weather is great. Carpool cost from Issaquah P&R $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 13, 2009 – Limit 15
Whidbey Island – Ebey’s Landing and South Whidbey State Park
Leader: Darren Curtis
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R near entrance on NE 65th Street & 8th Ave NE; we’ll leave promptly to make the 8:30 AM Mukilteo-Clinton ferry

We’ll visit a variety of habitats at South Whidbey State Park, including forest and shore habitats. From the State Park, we’ll work our way up to Ebey’s Landing, watching for raptors along the way. At Ebey’s Landing, we’ll see a mix of shore and wetland habitats. Some walking. Bring lunch (Lunch can be purchased at Keystone as well), liquids; and scopes are a plus. Leader will bring one scope as well. Return to the ferry by mid afternoon. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders. Please bring money for the ferry and incidental parking fees at the parks, as needed.
 

Saturday, June 20, 2009 – Limit: 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, NE 65th St and 62nd NE

Let’s count how many bird species may be breeding in the park! We’ll hope for glimpses of Bullock’s Oriole and Cooper’s Hawk. We’ll listen for Savannah Sparrow and Willow Flycatcher. Expect to walk a few miles on even and uneven ground. Children accompanied by adult welcome. Over early afternoon.

 

Sunday, June 21, 2009 – Limit 45
Protection Island Boat Trip – $75
Leader/Naturalist: George Gerdts
10:00 AM, Port Hudson Marina, Port Townsend

Protection Island is a 400-acre National Wildlife Refuge with 70 percent of Puget Sound’s nesting marine birds making it their breeding ground. The charter cruiser Glacier Spirit has excellent viewing from inside and ample outside viewing. Expect to get good views of all of the nesting birds, including Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, cormorants, and, perhaps, Tufted Puffins and Black Oystercatchers. Marine mammal sightings possible. Coffee and cider provided; bring your own lunch. Return about 2:00 p.m. After you register, George will send forms and directions. Seattle Audubon gets 20 percent of the trip cost.
 

Friday, June 26, 2009 – Limit 7/3 cars
Skagit County Forest Birds
Leader: Michael Hobbs
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Everybody visits Skagit County in the winter, where it is renowned for its waterfowl and raptors. But Skagit County is a fine place for summer birding as well. We'll visit a variety of riparian and forested sites, some in higher elevations, looking for flycatchers, vireos, warblers, orioles, finches, etc. Bring lunch and liquids, and be prepared for some walking on uneven ground. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Friday, July 17, 2009 - Limit 12
Naches Pass/Windy Pass
Leader: Gene Hunn
5:30 AM, Newport Hills P&R

Explore the Cascade crest at Naches Pass and Windy Pass, and possibly climb Kelly Butte. Be prepared for some not-too-strenuous hiking and for weather at 5,000 feet. Target possibilities include Sooty Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Northern Pygmy Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, and other montane species uncommon in King County. Return by 6 p.m.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, July 25, 2009 - Limit 10
Ellensburg Area
Leader: Christine Vadai
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Join us for a trip to the Ellensburg area, including Umtanum Road and many stops along the way.  We'll look for sage brush specialties such as Sage, Brewer's and Vesper Sparrow, residents of Ponderosa Pine such as Townsend's Solitaire, Pygmy Nuthatch, and expect to see bluebirds, orioles, Lazuli Buntings and many other eastern breeders.  Please pack your lunch, and prepare for hot weather.  Sunblock and bug spray recommended.  Carpool cost: $62 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - Limit 8
Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie/North Bend
Leader:  John Tubbs
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Bird a relatively unknown King County Natural Area near the confluence of the South, Middle and North Forks of the Snoqualmie River.  This trip will involve walking approximately three miles over easy terrain (Snoqualmie Valley Trail, gravel-surfaced and dirt trails in the natural area) so please wear appropriate shoes and other attire and bring water and a snack.  Habitats include open meadows and forest edge, riparian areas, an oxbow slough and cottonwood forest with a few conifers thrown in.  Mount Si gives spectacular views as it looms over the natural area.  Return by noon.  Carpool cost $9 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 8, 2009 - Limit 10
Leader: Barb Jensen
Naches Peak Flower Walk
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R, or Enumclaw Safeway at 8:00 AM

Twenty-one years ago Barb Jensen and Marcus Roening offered this trip as part of their obligation to donate hours of service in return for the Master Birder training.  Join us once again on this five-mile loop trail - one of the best wildflower hikes in the northwest! The trail is lined with subalpine flowers exploding in color and elevations from 5,000’ to 7,000’ afford grand views of Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks, and the Pacific Crest Trail. Mt. Goats, marmots, elk, and east slope birds like Swainson’s Hawk and Golden Eagle have been seen on this trip. Bring your lunch, water, sunscreen, wear hiking boots and dress for possible mountain rainy weather or even hot day. Return by 5 p.m. Carpool cost: $55 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (N Jackson Park P&R)

We'll be exploring Whidbey for returning shorebirds, remaining waterfowl, and songbirds. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes very helpful. Returning about 6 p.m.  Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Saturday, August 22, 2009 - Limit 40
Bat Walk at Greenlake Park
Leader: Curt Black, Chiroptologist
7:45 PM (dusk).  Meet just west of the Bath House (Bat House) Theatre, northwest corner of Greenlake Park, between the parking lots and the hike and bike trail.

Plan an evening filled with discovery and wonder as we meet “the other flying vertebrates.” As our eyes adjust to the fading light, we will listen with bat detectors for the ultrasonic echolocation calls of 8 of Washington’s 15 bat species. No binoculars or other optics will be needed.  This is a non-strenuous event---we just mill around the grassy knoll west of the theatre.  Please, no nylon outer-wear.  Serious rain will reschedule.  The more you “really don’t like bats” the more Curt wants you to attend this event. Kids with parents welcome!
 

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - Limit 7
Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties
Leader: Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll look for shorebirds and passerines.  Potential stops are Bottle Beach, Westport Jetty, Johns River, Grayland, Midway Beach and Tokeland.  Target species include Snowy Plover, Willet, Wandering Tattler, Long-billed Curlew, Red Knot and Ruddy Turnstone.  Return early evening. Carpool cost $82 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 5, 2009 - Limit 10
Kittitas County Hike
Leader: Dave Swayne
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot)

We’ll hike several miles in the Blewett Pass or Teanaway area, looking for montane species and migrating raptors.  Dress for mountain weather, and bring snacks, lunch and plenty of fluids.  Return early evening.  Carpool cost $55 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - Limit 12
Bicycle Tukwila to Auburn
Leader: Gene Hunn
8:00 AM, Fort Dent Park in Tukwila

Bike south along the Green River Trail with side jaunts to the Black River Riparian Forest, the Boeing Ponds and nearby fields, the Green River NRA, the Thomas Wetlands, and the fields west of Emerald Downs (about 15 miles to this point). Lunch en route—either picnic or at a local pub. Return via the Interurban Trail. Round trip ca. 30 miles. Minimal road traffic and virtually no hills to deal with. Return by 4 p.m. Should be a good time for shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and migrant land birds. Dress for the weather.
 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - Limit 11 (3 cars)
Grays Harbor County
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, NW corner Southcenter Mall parking lot

(Heading south on Interstate 5, take Southcenter Blvd./Mall Exit 154B and turn left at the light onto Southcenter Blvd. Turn right onto 61st Ave. Turn Left onto Southcenter Parkway.)

We will explore the best shore areas of Grays Harbor County, depending on what has been seen. This could include the Ocean Shores area, the Westport area, Bottle Beach, Midway Beach or Tokeland. Southbound shorebird migration will be in full swing and almost anything could show up. Seabirds will also be present. Come prepared for changing weather. Scopes essential, bring lunch and fluids. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $65 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 19, 2009 - Limit 11 (3 cars, 4/car)
Fall Trip to Ellensburg for birds and early fall colors (maybe)
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Fall migrants should be starting to return, including shorebirds and raptors. Summer residents like blue birds may still be found; resident birds such as golden eagles, great horned owls, and grey partridge are possible. Fall colors like vine maple and aspen will be a bonus. Scopes and cameras welcome. Bring lunch; we'll return between 5-6 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, September  27, 2009 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
7:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this outing targeted to beginning through intermediate birders.  We will focus on using sight and sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible in this urban oasis.  Our Fill list at this time of year should include returning waterfowl, late migrants songbirds, raptors, native sparrows, and the Fill often provides an unexpected highlight or two as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry if rain is in the forecast.  Scopes welcome (leader will have one).  Over by noon.
 

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - Limit 12
Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie/North Bend
Leader: John Tubbs
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Bird a relatively unknown King County Natural Area near the confluence of the South, Middle, and North Forks of the Snoqualmie River. This trip will involve walking approximately three miles over easy terrain (Snoqualmie Valley Trail, gravel-surfaced and dirt trails in the natural area) so wear appropriate shoes and other attire, and bring water and a snack. Habitats include open meadows and forest edge, riparian areas, an oxbow slough and cottonwood forest with a few conifers thrown in. Mount Si gives spectacular views as it looms over the natural area. Return by noon. Carpool cost: $9 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 3, 2009 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leader: Christine Vadai
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Join us for a Saturday on Whidbey Island, where we'll explore beaches and wetlands in search of shorebirds, alcids, eagles, and waterfowl.  Pack a lunch; bring your scope and some raingear just in case. We'll take the Mukilteo ferry and return through Anacortes. There will be minimal walking. Return around 6 p.m. Carpool cost=$40+ ferry, shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - Limit 12
Seward Park
Leader: Miriam Gray and Phyllis Moss
9:00 AM, parking lots next to the Craft Center

Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path.  In addition to many waterfowl species, we may be fortunate to find Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers.  Please, be prepared for rain and cool weather.  Trails can be muddy. Over by 1:00 p.m.
 

Sunday, October 25, 2009 - Limit 14
Seattle's Peregrine Falcons 
Leaders: Martin Muller
8:00 AM, Ivar's Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the North end of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.   We'll carpool in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.  Carpool cost $4 per passenger, payable to driver.
 

Saturday, October 31, 2009 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM,  Education Pavilion

The newly created wetlands in the park will be open for exploration.  We will also climb up the hill at Promontory Point, looking for Cedar Waxwings feeding on madrona berries.  Fox and Golden-crowned Sparrows may be back forthe winter.  Be prepared for mud.  2-3 miles.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Over early afternoon, depending on birds and weather.

 

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA 
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, the North Parking Lot of the park

Luther Burbank Park has diverse habitat that attracts a variety of wintering waterfowl, as well as, Fox Sparrows, White and Golden-crowned Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Eagles, Great Blue Herons and other usual suspects. We will circumnavigate the park on foot paths that can be muddy and wet. Be prepared for rain.  This slow paced walk takes about three hours leaving lots of time for scoping out waterfowl.
 

Saturday, November 7, 2009 - Limit 10
Cle Elum to Ellensburg
Leader: Scott Downes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R

Fall is a great time to check out migrating waterfowl along the Columbia River, early wintering raptors of the Kittitas Valley and late fall passerine movements along the east slope of the cascades. Stops will include foothills around Cle Elum, Kittitas Valley and Vantage. Expect a wide range of target species from raptors to waterfowl to songbirds. Meet Evan Houston at the Tibbetts parking lot (Issaquah) at 6:00 a.m. to arrange carpools. Then meet Scott Downes in Cle Elum at 7:00 a.m. Return to Cle Elum between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $62.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 7, 2009 - Limit 10
Spencer island
Leader: Lee Barnes
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spencer island is Little Nisqually North.  Located east of Everett and along the Snohomish River, this wetland/riparian with a sewage pond thrown in offers a variety of birds in a small area.  Ducks and gulls at the sewage pond entrance, shore birds and rails in the marsh, passerines and woodpeckers in the riparian forest and raptors cruising, searching for the unwary are just a few of the possibilities.  Rarities are frequently found on Spencer Island.  Scopes are welcome & useful for this trip. Pack a lunch and dress for the weather.  Return mid to late afternoon. Carpool cost : $22.50 Shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 8, 2009 - Limit 8
Bike and Bird along Lake Washington
Leader:  Sam Woods
9:00 AM, Seward Park, parking lot by tennis courts at park entrance

Join us to explore the public shoreline and parks in south Seattle.  Depending upon the weather, we’ll bike along the level, multiuse path between Seward Park and Colman Park where we can expect to see numerous waterbirds and the typical local birds.  We’ll spend 4 hours biking and birding approximately 9 miles of shoreline.  Note, the weather may determine if this turns into a walk and bird trip.  Please call the morning of the trip to confirm if unsure.  Bring your bike, helmet, binoculars, and dress for the weather.  A warm up stop will be made in Mt. Baker.  Over by early afternoon. 
 

Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Limit 10
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We'll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferrry, gas, and lattes. Dress for blustery weather. Return by late afternoon. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and water; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by mid afternoon.  Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 15, 2009 - Limit 7
Reifel Refuge and Drayton Harbor
Leader: Vicki King
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Today's destination is Reifel Refuge (near Ladner BC) that provides winter habitat for Snow Geese, waterfowl, raptors, gulls, sparrows, owls and many other species.  We'll stop en route at Drayton Harbor (in Blaine) to look for loons and other waterfowl.  You MUST bring a passport or an enhanced driver's license for the border crossing - no exceptions.  Bring lunch, beverages, $3 for admission at Reifel and a scope if you have one. Dress for the weather.  Expect several miles of walking on level paths. There will be an optional dinner stop at the Rhododendron Cafe in Bow, WA. Return to Seattle by 9:30 p.m. Carpool cost: $75.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 22, 2009 - Limit 10
South King County Puget Sound
Leader: Matt Bartels
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet. We'll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring lunch & snacks, and dress for weather. Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon. Carpool cost: $22.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 29, 2009 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Judy Roan
9:00 AM,  small parking lot just west of Center for Urban Horticulture, near the entrance path to the Montlake Fill

Enjoy a walk focused on the Fill's winter birds and ducks.  We should see grebes, ducks, herons and perhaps raptors and shorebirds. Surprises are always possible at the Fill.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry.  Scopes welcome. Over by late morning.
 

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - Limit 10
Point No Point to Fort Flagler for alcids, loons, sea ducks, and rocky-shore shorebirds
Leader: George Gerdts
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R, North lot

(Meet the Leader at the Albertson's parking lot at the corner of SR 104 and Hansville Road on the Kitsap Peninsula. Take the 7:10 a.m. Ferry out of Edmonds to Kingston. Call George Gerdts after you get on Ferry.)

We'll go to Point No Point and Port Gamble, across the Hood Canal Bridge to Marrowstone Island and Fort Flagler.  We should be back in time for the 5:10 p.m. ferry to Edmonds. Bring warm clothes, rain gear, scopes, and lunch. Carpool cost: $30 (plus ferry) shared equally by riders. 

 

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Sunday, January 3, 2010 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning through intermediate birders.  Using sight and sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible, we should find over 40 species (given decent weather) including wintering waterfowl, raptors, and native sparrows.  Less common targets include Canvasback, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Western Meadowlark, and the Fill often provides an unexpected highlight or two as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.
 

Friday, January 8, 2010 - Limit 12
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
7:55 AM, Lincoln Park (southern most parking lot)

We'll visit Vashon's waterfowl hotspots such as Fisher's Pond which provides very good close ups of Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Merganser and Tramp and Quartermaster Harbors where we may see three loon species, gulls, both goldeneye, lots of scoters, scaup, mergansers, three to four grebe species and more.  Dress for the weather and bring a lunch if you like.  Carpool cost: $6 for gas shared by riders, and $15.20 for the ferry shared by riders and driver.  Leader will purchase ferry tickets ($3.50) ahead of time and meet walk-ons at the terminal building.  If you want to walk-on, please contact the leader to reserve a spot.  Scopes helpful.  Back by 12:30.
 

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - Limit 12
Nisqually Delta
Leader:  Christine Vadai
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll explore the Nisqually delta for eagles, falcons, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bittern, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink.  Plan to walk around 2 miles so bring good hiking shoes, water and a packed lunch.  Scopes and raingear recommended.  Return estimated at 4:00 p.m.  Carpool cost: $33 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, January 10, 2010 - Limit 14
Seattle's Peregrine Falcons      
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar's Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Parking lot across from Ivar's, Under the North end of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.   We'll carpool in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.  Carpool cost $4 per passenger, payable to driver.
 

Sunday, January 10, 2010 - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Arn and Kathy Slettebak
8:00 AM, south entrance parking lot (off W. Emerson Street)

We’ll walk about 3 miles with moderate elevation gain in search of our wintering species that inhabit the park’s meadows and woodlands.  Please dress for the weather. Over by noon.
 

Saturday, January 16, 2010 - Limit 11
Sequim
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Sequim, the Banana Belt of Washington.  Sequim CBC, routinely, has the highest species count in Washington.  We'll leave Ravenna Park & Ride at 6:00 a.m. to make sure we'll be on the 7:10 a.m. Edmonds Ferry.  Light permitting we can bird the ferry crossing.  First stop Salsbury Point County Park to scan the mouth of Hood's Canal and to re-group after the ferry crossing.  Sequim Bay and John Wayne Marina followed by Dungeness River and Dungeness NWR.  With time, we can stop at the Sequim Audubon Center.  Expect wintering seabirds, numerous raptors, shorebirds, lowland winter passerines, and maybe a Trident sub.  Scopes a plus.  Dress for the weather. (It still rains in Sequim.) Bring lunch.  (In case of inclement weather money for lunch at the 3 Crabs Restaurant.).  Carpool cost: $25.00 shared equally by riders. Ferry: $30.00 shared equally by all.  NWR fee ($3.00).
 

Saturday, January 16, 2010 - Limit 10
Skagit and Samish Flats (Skagit County)
Leader:  Neil Zimmerman
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

You have always heard about the Skagit and Samish Flats but don’t know where to go?  We will be visiting some of the well known areas as well as a few less known spots. The Skagit and Samish Flats offer some of the best winter raptor viewing in the country.  Expect to see Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, and Bald Eagles.  With luck we’ll find Peregrine Falcons and perhaps American Kestrels and Merlins. We will also be looking for Short-eared Owls. Throw in a few thousand Snow Geese and a couple hundred swans; we will have a good day.  Bring a scope if you can. Bring a sack lunch, snacks and clothing layers, including rain gear and a WDFW access pass if you have one.  Back by late afternoon or early evening.  Carpool cost: $42.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 16, 2010 - Limit 11
Nisqually Delta
Leader:  Jeff Cohen
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll explore the Nisqually delta for eagles, falcons, waterfowl, and shorebirds, as well as bittern, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink.  Plan to walk around 2 miles so bring good hiking shoes, water and a packed lunch.  Scopes and raingear recommended.  Return estimated at 3:00 p.m.  Carpool cost: $28, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, January 17, 2010 - Limit 11
Fall City to Duvall
Leader: Gene Hunn
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 7:45 AM, Woodinville P&R

Join us for a day exploring for winter birds in the Snoqualmie River Valley.  We’ll look for swans, geese, ducks, sparrows, raptors, and anything else we can find.  We’ll check the river road and McCormick Park at Duvall, Moss Lake, Stillwater, the SAS Carnation Marsh, Neal Road near Fall City, the Tokul Creek Fish Hatchery (Dippers), Snoqualmie Falls (Peregrines).  Bring lunch, snacks, and dress for the weather.  Scopes and two-way radios a plus.  Return by 5 p.m.  Carpool cost: $25, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 23, 2010 - Limit 11
Kent Valley
Leader: Guy McWethy
8:00 AM, Newcastle P&R (I-405, Exit 9)

We’ll explore the “wet” spots in Kent, Auburn, and Renton, including the Green River NRA (Kent Ponds), Boeing Ponds, Emerald Downs, Smith Brothers Dairy, and the mouth of the Cedar River, looking for waterfowl, wintering sparrows, raptors, and gulls.  Return by 4 p.m.  Carpool cost: $21, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, January 31, 2010 - Limit 11
Magnuson Park
Leader: Scott Ramos
8:30 AM, Wetlands parking lot (Enter park at NE 65th and Sandpoint Way NE)

We'll check out the new wetland ponds which are already filled with waterfowl, then scan the lake for grebes, ducks, and gulls. There's always a variety of sparrows to be found in the park in winter.  Maybe a raptor or two will show up! Be prepared to walk two to three miles, through some mud and puddles, mostly flat with a couple of small hills. Dress for the weather. Over around lunchtime.
 

Saturday, February 6, 2010 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and water; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by mid afternoon.  Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 6, 2010 - Limit 12
West Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Ravenna P&R or 9:30 AM at Don Armeni Boat Ramp south of Duwamish Head

We’ll be looking for Surfbirds and Black Turnstones on the rocks at Duwamish Head, as well as anything out on the water.  Then we’ll drive over to the south side of Alki Point to look for Harlequin Ducks and other water birds.  We will be walking on pavement or lawn.  Children accompanied by adults welcome.  Over early afternoon, depending on the birds and the weather.
 

Sunday, February 7, 2010 - Limit 14
Seattle's Peregrine Falcons      
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar's Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Parking lot across from Ivar's, Under the North end of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.   We'll carpool in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.  Carpool cost $4 per passenger, payable to driver.
 

Sunday, February 7, 2010 - Limit 14
Kitsap Peninsula/Sequim
Leader: Peter Klein
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

This area is excellent for a wide variety of loons, grebes, alcids, raptors, and sparrows, plus other passerines.  We usually see many species of waterfowl, including Eurasian Wigeon and Long-tailed Ducks.  Be prepared for wet, windy weather.  Bring lunch, liquids, and money for the ferry.  Return early evening.  Carpool cost: $45, shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - Limit 10
Samish Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (North Jackson Park P&R)

Winter can be a great time up on the Samish Flats, particularly for raptors (Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Merlin and maybe Prairie Falcon) and swans (Trumpeter and Tundra). We will look for Short-eared Owls. The fields can also hold waterfowl and shorebirds (Dunlin). Samish Bay is good for diving ducks, loons, grebes and alcids.  We may also go to Washington Park in Anacortes for seabirds. We'll shoot for Snow Geese on Fir Island late in the day. Scopes desirable; bring a lunch and fluids. Dress for possible wind and rain. If you have a WDFW access pass please bring it. Back late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $53, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 20, 2010 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Vicki King
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Winter is an excellent time to explore Whidbey Island.  We'll look for seabirds, ducks, gulls, raptors, wintering shorebirds and woodland passerines.  Dress for the weather and bring rain gear, lunch, snacks, and something to drink.  Scopes and radios are welcome.  Dinner at the Rhododendron Cafe is an option.  Return in the evening. Carpool Cost: $40.00, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 20, 2010 – Limit 11
Marrowstone Island
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll catch the 7:10 Edmonds-Kingston ferry.  After birding the crossing, we'll stop at Salisbury County Park, just prior to crossing the Hood's Canal Bridge.  Here we'll scan the water for ducks, alcids, and the trees for raptors and passerines. Then up the peninsula to Marrowstone Island. Making several stops along the route we search for Black Oystercatchers and Turnstones and Brant.  Purple finches are regulars at Mystic Harbor.  Fort Flagler has forests and as shoreline to explore.  Time permitting, we may reach Port Townsend and the Point Wilson Lighthouse.  Return at dusk.  Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Carpool Cost: $24.00, shared equally by riders + ferry.
 

Saturday, February 27, 2010 - Limit 11
Whatcom County
Leader: Vicki King
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Today we'll visit salt water spots (Blaine's Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo) as well as fresh water (Tennant and Terrell) and other destinations as time permits.  Seabirds, ducks, raptors, passerines and ??  Dress for the weather and bring rain gear, lunch, snacks, and something to drink.  Scopes and radios are welcome. Dinner at the Rhododendron Cafe is an option.  Return in the evening. Carpool Cost: $60.00, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, February 28, 2010 - Limit 8
Ballard Locks 
Leader:  Penny Rose
8:00 AM, Main entrance on the north side of the Ballard Locks

We will explore the confluence of gardens, salt water, fresh water and nearby forests for a variety of species in a  very historic and interesting location.  Expect to see Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons (rookery), many species of ducks such as Goldeneye.  Level walking for short distances.  Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Saturday, March  6, 2010 - Limit 7
Spencer Island (Snohomish County)
Leader: Marv Breece
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We may see passerines, water birds, raptors and shorebirds on our Spencer Island walk.  Bring water, snacks and lunch to eat as we bird.  We will walk 2 to 3 miles on a level trail.  Return late afternoon. Carpool Cost: $12.00, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - Limit 12
Camano Island
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 8:30 at QFC in Stanwood

Visit Iverson Spit on Port Susan Bay and English Boom on Skagit Bay.  Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs and cropland nestled against a forested hillside. Other Camano Island spots, may be visited if time permits. Be prepared to walk about 2 miles on easy terrain. Bring water, lunch, scopes are a plus. Over mid-afternoon. Leaders will be at Stanwood. If meeting at Ravenna P&R form carpool on own.  Carpool cost: $28.00 (from Seattle) shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - Limit 11
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Loons, Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled Murrelets are possible. We'll travel by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch and money lattes. Dress for blustery weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $24.00 shared equally by riders + ferry.
 

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - Limit 11
Vantage to Ellensburg
Leader: Brian Bell
6:00 AM, Tibbetts P&R (across from Issaquah P&R)

 
We will search out the sage birds (Sage and Brewer’s Sparrows, Sage Thrasher), then continue to the Columbia River overlook (perhaps ducks, loons, falcons) and south along the Columbia. We’ll start back to Ellensburg for late-remaining raptors.  If time allows, we will take the back way to Cle Elum, looking for prairie birds.  Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids, scopes helpful.  Back by very late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Cost: $52.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, March 13, 2010 – Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
7:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning through intermediate birders.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible.  Given decent weather, over 50 species is possible, including early migrants, wintering waterfowl, raptors, and native sparrows.  Prizes may include Wood Duck and Western Meadowlark, and the Fill is often good for an unexpected highlight or two as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.
 

Sunday, March 14, 2010 - Limit 11
Seattle's Peregrine Falcons
Leader: Martin Muller
8:00 AM, Ivar's Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

We'll search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  Spring courtship should be in full swing.We'll stress observing courtship without disturbing the birds. Dress warmly for standing in 1 spot, bring latte money. Scopes useful.  We will carpool, minimizing our caravan to three cars, as we drive around town.  Carpool cost: $9 shared equally by passengers. Over by 12:30 (back at Ivars').
 

Saturday, March 20, 2010 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Connie Sidles
7:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture west parking lot by new Kiosk/start of Wahkiakum lane

All are welcome on this outing.  Come bird the Montlake fill with the person who literally 'wrote the book' on the area. Connie Sidles, author of "In My Nature: A Birder's Year at the Montlake Fill."  We'll enjoy a nice mixture of lingering winter waterfowl and the beginnings of the spring migrants and summer breeders. March is a good time for surprises...  Expect to walk up to 2 leisurely paced miles on level ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm while exposed to the elements.  Scopes welcome (leader will have one as well).  Over by noon.
 

Sunday, March 21, 2010 - Limit 10
Camp Long, West Seattle
Leader:  Penny Rose
8:00 AM, Main entrance by the Camp Long Lodge

We will explore this hidden West Seattle jewel.  Exploring the forests we should expect to see mixed feeding flocks, several woodpecker species, Cooper’s Hawks and perhaps pick up some not so common urban species such as Purple Finch.  Be prepared to hike muddy trails with some hilly terrain. Over by 11 a.m.
 

Sunday, March 21, 2010 - space is limited
Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island Special Boat Trip, $65.00 per person
Leader: George Gerdts
10:00 AM, Winslow City Docks

Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island aboard the 80 foot catamaran, "Admiral Pete" with George Gerdts, long-time SAS Member, as leader/naturalist. The "Admiral Pete" is a steady and comfortable vessel for wildlife viewing. It has a P.A. system and excellent viewing from outside decks or from comfortable inside seating.The trip offers a careful inspection of Eagle Harbor, Blakley Rock, Restoration Point, Rich Passage, Port Orchard, Agate Pass, and Puget Sound opposite Seattle. Expect great looks at 3 species of cormorants; loons (including Pacific Loon); sea ducks (including Old Squaw and Harlequin); rocky-shore sandpipers; a Bald Eagle or two; great scenery; and a unique, close-up view of the Bainbridge Island shoreline. We will return by 1:30 p.m. Forms will be sent to you to prepay the leader directly. Audubon gets 20% of the cost of the trip. Participants are NOT registered until they send the payment and registration form to leader.
 

Saturday, March 27, 2010 - Limit 8
Kitsap County Hike and Walk
Leader: Michael Hobbs
6:40 AM, Lincoln Park lower parking (to catch 7:00 AM ferry to Southworth)

Hike the Gold Creek Trail to the top of Green Mountain (~4 miles round trip), and walk the Clear Creek boardwalk and trails in Silverdale.  We'll make one or two other stops if time allows. Back on the 4:30 p.m. ferry out of Southworth.  Carpool cost: $20 + FERRY shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - Limit 8
Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie/North Bend
Leader:  John Tubbs
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Bird a relatively unknown King County Natural Area near the confluence of the South, Middle and North Forks of the Snoqualmie River.  This trip will involve walking approximately three miles over easy terrain (Snoqualmie Valley Trail, gravel-surfaced and dirt trails in the natural area) so please wear appropriate shoes and other attire and bring water and a snack.  Habitats include open meadows and forest edge, riparian areas, an oxbow slough and cottonwood forest with a few conifers thrown in.  Mount Si gives spectacular views as it looms over the natural area.  Return by noon.  Carpool cost $9 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 11, 2010 - Limit 8           
Discovery Park
Leader: Kathy & Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Sunday, April 11, 2010 - Limit 14
Ellensburg area
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett's lot)

Depending on expected weather conditions we may start birding somewhere around Cle Elum – or instead maybe start in the sage to the east of Eburg – then likely finish up in the canyons in the afternoon.  Bring lunch; return early evening.  Carpool cost: $62.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 17, 2010 - Limit 10
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Rachel Lawson
8:00 AM, Parking lot at the Center for Urban Horticulture

A trip designed for beginning birders, at a relaxed pace. We’ll work on basic birding skills while we explore one of Seattle’s prime birding locations. As we bird, we will be looking for lingering winter birds, year-round residents, and spring arrivals.  Trip should last 3-4 hours and be over before lunch.
 

Saturday, April 24, 2010 - Limit 12
North Seattle Neighborhood Walk
Birdathon Donation:  $15
Leader:   Matthew Mega
9:00 AM, Seattle Audubon Nature Shop

If you are brand-new to birding we invite you to join Seattle Audubon’s Conservation Director, Matt Mega, for a neighborhood bird walk.  This trip will start in the classroom with pictures, bird skins and a peek at Seattle Audubon’s hidden nest box cam. We will then hit some of the neighborhood hot spots. Last year we saw some rare treats like a Great Blue Heron colony, tiny Bushtits making a nest, Caspian Terns and Merlins. This neighborhood tour focuses on basic bird identification and their habitat needs. Carpool needs will be decided morning of the walk.

 
Saturday, April 24, 2010 - Limit 11
Gray's Harbor Area
Birdathon Donation:  $25
Leader:  Christine Vadai,
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Join us for a day trip to the Gray's Harbor area at the peak of shorebird migration!  In addition to searching for rarities among the big flocks of shorebirds, we will also make a few other stops to look for alcids, loons, and other seabirds in their breeding plumage.  Possible/probable birds include:  Red Knots, Marbled Godwits, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Surfbirds, Rock Sandpipers and Wandering Tattlers.  Please note:  The trip includes short, challenging walks over sand and rocks.  Bring your lunch, warm clothes, a rain slicker and comfortable shoes with a good grip.  Carpool cost:  $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 25, 2010 - Limit 8
Bike and Bird Magnuson Park to the Arboretum
Birdathon Donation:  $15
Leader:  Sam Woods
9:00 AM, Magnuson Park

Meet at shelter west of the boat launch parking lot, NE 65th St entrance, on right at end of drive into park.  Explore some of Seattle's best birding hot spots (Magnuson Park, Montlake Fill, Foster Island, and the Arboretum) without using a DROP of gasoline.  The route is nearly level and approximately 4.5 miles each way.  Bring your bike, helmet, binoculars, snacks, and dress for the weather.  Back by 3:00 p.m.  Carpool cost:  $0.
 

Sunday, May 2, 2010 - No Limit
“Green” Seattle Big Foot Day
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Gene Hunn
5:00 AM (optional owling); 6:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center

We’ll start in Discovery Park, owling for those able to get up early, then at sunrise, hike and bird the entire park perimeter. We will then hike down to the Ballard Locks, have a nice lunch at the Lock Spot café, catch the #44 bus to the University, then hike through campus to the Montlake Fill, bird our fill [pun!] there, then catch a bus to West Seattle, bird the waterfront until evening, then bus back to Discovery Park.  Bicyclists are also welcome to ride between points in lieu of the bus.  Expect approximately 100 species.
 

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - Limit 12
Vashon Island
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Ed Swan
7:55 AM, Lincoln Park (southern most parking lot)

We'll visit Vashon's waterfowl hotspots Mukai and Fisher's Pond, which provide very good close-ups of Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Merganser as well as a good variety of returning vireos, flycatchers and warblers.  Time allowing we'll check out Tramp and Quartermaster Harbors where we may see remaining marine water bird species with comparison views of Horned and Eared Grebes in breeding plumage.  Dress for the weather and bring a lunch if you like.  Carpool cost: $6 for gas shared by riders, and $15.20 for the ferry shared by riders and driver.  Leader will purchase ferry tickets ($3.50) ahead of time.   If you want to walk-on, please contact leader to reserve a spot.  Scopes helpful.  Back by 12:30.
 

Saturday, May 8, 2010 - Limit 7
Fort Lewis: Marsh, Forest, & Prairie
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader:  Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, Starbucks parking  (I-5 exit #119 Steilacoom-Dupont exit. Turn west/right from exit; turn right at light, and right at next road. Park in the lot across from Starbucks.)

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a de facto wildlife refuge.   Due to troop training, places visited depend on areas that are open.  Expect to find Purple Martins, warblers, flycatchers, bluebirds, and some surprises.  A bit of walking.  Photo ID required: drivers need proof of insurance, license, and registration.  Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus.  Return late afternoon/early evening.  Carpool cost: $15 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
King County Big Day            
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Michael Hobbs and Matt Bartels
5:30 AM, Marymoor Park (near the Clise Mansion)

We will start with the sunrise at Marymoor, and then move around the county birding at a fast pace until sunset.  Participants should log over 100 species, but the emphasis is on having pun.  Bring food, drink and dress for weather and fast walking. Contact leaders for info on pre-trip owling.  Carpool cost: $40.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 22, 2010 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the East Slope Cascades
Birdathon Donation: $25 
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We'll spend the day birding a variety of habitats which should produce a good representation of species occurring east of the Cascades. Our focus will be on identifying species by their vocalizations. We'll walk approximately 5 miles, much of it over very uneven ground and including tricky stream crossings. Possible restaurant stop on return. Back by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - Limit 11
Ellensburg Area/Umtanum Road
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Christine Vadai
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

Join us for a trip to the Ellensburg area, including Umtanum Road and many stops along the way. We'll look for sage brush specialties such as Sage, Brewer's and Vesper Sparrow, residents of Ponderosa Pine such as Townsend's Solitaire, Pygmy Nuthatch, and expect to see bluebirds, orioles, Lazuli Buntings and many other eastern breeders. Please pack your lunch, and prepare for hot weather. Sunblock and bug spray recommended. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $62.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - Limit 12
Wenas Creek
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Peter Klein
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We will explore the many habitats -- sage, pine forest, and riparian -- of this rich area in spring. We'll see Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Vesper and Brewer Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatches, and possibly a White-headed Woodpecker. Bring a lunch; expect to be back early evening. Carpool cost $48 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 30, 2010 - Limit 7
Snoqualmie Valley hotspots
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Evan Houston
7:00 AM, Albertson’s parking lot near 76 gas station – store address is 3925 236th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA

Get to know some hotspots in the east side of King County!  We will spend several hours at Stillwater Natural Area and then visit some other Snoqualmie Valley hotspots such as Tolt-McDonald Park and Moss Lake.  Targets include Bullock’s Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, Bank Swallow, Red-eyed Vireo, woodpeckers including Red-breasted Sapsucker, and if we’re lucky, American Bittern or Black Swift.  This is a trip for people who like walking, and we may walk up to 5 miles.  Be prepared for being out in the elements, wear long pants because we will walk along grassy fields, and bring a lunch because we’ll make a lunch stop at one of the places.  Leader will have a scope (other scopes welcome as long as you don’t mind carrying them around).  Drivers are preferred to have current WDFW vehicle use permit.  Back by 2-3 p.m.   Carpool cost: $12.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian Bell
6:00 AM, NE 145th St. P&R (also called North Jackson Park P&R)

We'll explore Whidbey's nooks and crannies for passerines in the forests and woodlands, breeding ducks, waterbirds and alcids, and any lingering shorebirds. There are usually raptors around. Scopes useful, bring lunch and ferry money. Back early evening.  Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 5, 2010 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Leader: Mark Johnston
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett’s Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We'll spend approximately 5 hours birding the extraordinary mix of habitats at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah. We'll focus on identifying species by their vocalizations and discuss some aspects of the ecology of acoustic communication in birds. A walk of approximately 5 miles is involved. Back by 1 p.m. Carpool cost: $3 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 6, 2010 - Limit 7
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, Starbucks parking

(I-5 exit #119 Steilacoom-Dupont exit. Turn west/right from exit; turn right at the light and right at next road. Park in the lot across from Starbucks.)

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a de facto wildlife refuge on the prairies, forests, and marshes of JBLM.   Due to troop training, places visited depend on areas that are open.  Expect to find up to six swallows, plus warblers, flycatchers, bluebirds, and some surprises.  A bit of walking.  Photo ID required: drivers need proof of insurance, license, and registration.  Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus.  Return late afternoon/early evening.  Carpool cost: $15 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 12, 2010 - Limit 11
Robinson Canyon
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

Located on the east slope of the Cascades, Robinson Canyon is an absolute gem. Its highly diverse habitats provide excellent birding in a wonderful setting. We'll spend approximately 5 hours in the canyon walking up to 5 miles over very uneven ground and including tricky stream crossings. Possible restaurant stop on return. Back by late afternoon. Carpool cost $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 19, 2010  - Limit 11
Early Summer Trip to South Cle Elum Ridge
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah Park& Ride, South (uncovered) Lot

South Cle Elum Ridge includes numerous habitats and the largest breeding bird diversity for Washington.  Over 100 bird species were confirmed or possible breeders in this section.  We'll search wetlands around Cle Elum for swallows, warblers, and wood ducks.  Check the feeders in town for rufus, black-chinned and calliope hummingbirds, as well as Cassin's and house finches. Then we'll proceed up along Taneum Creek to the forests above I-5.  Everything from Veeries and Canyon Wrens to Williamson's Sapsuckers and Evening Grosbeaks have been observed on this leg of the journey.  Finally a great view of the Cle Elum Valley and North Cascades from the high point of our trip.  The high country part of the trip depends on the snow conditions and may have to be abandoned if snow-covered roads are encountered.  Bring lunch.  We'll return between 5-6 p.m.  Scopes and cameras welcome.  The wild flower bloom should be starting.  Carpool cost $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 19, 2010  -  Limit 11
Kittitas County Hike
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot)

We'll hike 5 to 8 miles looking for montane species in the Blewett Pass or Teanaway area.  Besides all the lower montane species, if we're really lucky we may find a Goshawk.  Dress for mountain weather, and bring lunch and plenty of fluids.  Return early evening.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 19, 2010  - Limit 11
Kittitas County
Leader: MaryFrances Mathis
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbett's Lot

We'll work our way over to Ellensburg, with stops at Golf Course Road and Suncadia.  Then on to Umtanum Road and the Wenas Campground, with a return along the Yakima Canyon.  Expect to see several species of warblers, vireos, bluebirds, some of the sage species (e.g. Sage Thrasher, Vesper Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow), Pygmy Nuthatch, White-headed Woodpecker, and many other breeding birds.  Dress for hot weather, and bring lunch and plenty of liquids.  Return early evening.  Carpool cost: $60, shared equally by riders. 
 

Monday, June 28, 2010  - Limit 4
Navaho Pass Bird Hike (Joint trip with Eastside Audubon)
Leader:  Sharon Aagaard
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts lot

This 11-mile roundtrip Navaho Pass hike in the Teanaway River area is a great bird hike.  Hiking time is approximately 6-7 hours, with a gradual elevation gain of 3,000 feet, on a very nice trail with some shade and yet lots of light, reaching a high point of 6,000 feet (where we’ll eat lunch overlooking the magnificent Stewart Mountain Range).  (For a complete description of this hike, read pages 120-121 in “100 Hikes--Washington’s Alpine Lakes,” 3rd edition.)  In addition to wildflowers, we’ll expect to see and hear many Nashville Warblers, Townsend Warblers, MacGillivray’s Warblers, Warbling Vireos, Hermit & Swainson Thrushes, some Clark’s Nutcrackers, Brown Creepers, Golden-Crowned Kinglets, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, and hopefully a Golden Eagle.  Last year, I saw/heard 33 different species.   Wear hiking boots, hat for sun protection, take poles if wanted (not necessary), and bring snacks, lunch and lots of liquids.  Return by late afternoon/early evening.  Carpool cost:  $50, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, July 17, 2010 - Limit 12
Mowich Lake to Spray Park, Mt Rainier NP
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Ravenna  P&R

A moderately strenuous hike of 7 miles and an elevation gain of 800 feet passes through the old growth forest to the sub-alpine zone.  The focus is flowers which are blooming from the forest to the meadows.  A wide variety of flowers in the various micro and macro habitats along the trail.  Expect to see between 30-50 flowering plants.  Look on the birds seen as a bonus because they are in a post-breeding dispersal and pre-migration so are very quiet.  On sunny days the views of Mt Rainier are spectacular and the side trip to Spray Falls beautiful.  Return late afternoon or early evening.  Lunch on the trail and prepare for mountainous weather. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Limit 7
Snoqualmie Point Bird Hike
Leader:  Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Snoqualmie Point is the northern access point to the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. It climbs through alder woods, a recent clearcut and conifer forest, thus offering a varied set of habitat. Expect to see and hear many warblers, vireos and flycatchers. With luck, we may encounter Red Crossbills, Varied Thrush and Sooty Grouse. And raptors are always a possibility. We will hike about 5 miles, with a gradual elevation gain of 1500 feet, both on trail and on old logging roads. Bring snacks and fluids, and wear sun protection, and hiking boots. Return around lunch or early afternoon. Carpool cost: $15, shared equally by riders.
 

Monday, July 26, 2010 - Limit 8
Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie/North Bend
Leader:  John Tubbs
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Bird a relatively unknown King County Natural Area near the confluence of the South, Middle and North Forks of the Snoqualmie River.  This trip will involve walking approximately three miles over easy terrain (Snoqualmie Valley Trail, gravel-surfaced and dirt trails in the natural area) so please wear appropriate shoes and other attire and bring water and a snack.  Habitats include open meadows and forest edge, riparian areas, an oxbow slough and cottonwood forest with a few conifers thrown in.  Mount Si gives spectacular views as it looms over the natural area.  Return by noon.  Carpool cost $9 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, July 31, 2010 - Limit 10
Naches Peak Flower Walk
Leader: Barb Jensen
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R, or Enumclaw Safeway at 8:00

Twenty-two years ago Barb Jensen and Marcus Roening offered this trip as part of their obligation to donate hours of service in return for the Master Birder training.  Join us once again on this five-mile loop trail - one of the best wildflower hikes in the northwest! The trail is lined with subalpine flowers exploding in color and elevations from 5,000’ to 7,000’ afford grand views of Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks, and the Pacific Crest Trail. Mt. Goats, marmots, elk, and east slope birds like Swainson’s Hawk and Golden Eagle have been seen on this trip. Bring your lunch, water, sunscreen, wear hiking boots and dress for possible mountain rainy weather or even hot day. Return by 5. Carpool cost: $55 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (N Jackson Park P&R)

We'll be exploring Whidbey for returning shorebirds, remaining waterfowl, and songbirds. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes very helpful. Returning about 6 p.m.  Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Saturday, August 14, 2010 - Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park  

August is typically an iffy month for seeing birds, but we will see lots of feeding activity at the parks peapatch that include American Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Rufous and Anna's Hummingbirds.  Down at the wetlands, we will find the pair of nesting Bald Eagles, Great-blue Heron, and Willow Flycatcher.  This easy walk through the park will take about three hours.
 

Saturday, August 14, 2010 - Limit 50
Bat Walk at Greenlake Park
Leader: Curt Black, Chiroptologist
7:45 PM (dusk)

Meet just west of the Bath House (Bat House) Theatre, northwest corner of Greenlake Park, between the parking lots and the hike and bike trail.

Meet “the other flying vertebrates.” As our eyes adjust to the fading light, we will listen with bat detectors for the ultrasonic echolocation calls of 8 of Washington’s 15 bat species. No binoculars or other optics will be needed.  This is a non-strenuous event---we just mill around the grassy knoll west of the theatre.  Please, no nylon outer-wear.  Serious rain will reschedule.  The more you “really don’t like bats” the more Curt wants you to attend this event. Kids with parents welcome!
 

Sunday, August 15, 2010 - Limit 11
Nisqually Delta
Leader:  Jeff Cohen
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll explore the Nisqually delta for shorebirds, eagles, falcons, waterfowl, and passerines, as well as bittern, owls, and perhaps an otter or mink.  Plan to walk around 2 miles so bring good hiking shoes, water and a packed lunch.  Scopes and raingear recommended.  Return estimated at 3:00 p.m.  Carpool cost: $28, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 21, 2010 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (N Jackson Park P&R)

We'll be exploring Whidbey for returning shorebirds, remaining waterfowl, and songbirds. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes very helpful. Returning late afternoon or early evening.  Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - Limit: 11 (3 cars)
Grays Harbor County
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, NW corner Southcenter Mall parking lot

(Heading south on Interstate 5, take Southcenter Blvd./Mall Exit 154B and turn left at the light onto Southcenter Blvd. Turn right onto 61st Ave. Turn Left onto Southcenter Parkway.)

We will explore the best shore areas of Grays Harbor County depending on what has been seen. This could include the Ocean Shores area, the Westport area, Bottle Beach, Midway Beach or Tokeland. Southbound shorebird migration will be in full swing and almost anything could show up. Seabirds will also be present. Come prepared for changing weather. Scopes essential, bring lunch and fluids. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $80 shared equally by riders
 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - Limit 12
Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie/North Bend
Leader: John and Trisha Tubbs
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Bird a King County Natural Area near the confluence of the South, Middle, and North Forks of the Snoqualmie River. This trip will involve walking approximately three miles over easy terrain (Snoqualmie Valley Trail, gravel-surfaced and dirt trails in the natural area) so wear appropriate shoes and other attire, and bring water and a snack.  Habitats include open meadows and forest edge, riparian areas, an oxbow slough and cottonwood forest with a few conifers thrown in.  Mount Si gives spectacular views as it looms over the natural area. Return by noon.  Carpool cost: $9 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Limit 11 (3 cars, 4/car)
Ellensburg for birds and early fall colors (maybe)
Leader:  Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbits-uncovered lot south of covered lot)

Fall migrants should be starting to return, including shorebirds and raptors. Summer residents like blue birds may still be found; resident birds such as golden eagles, great horned owls, and grey partridge are possible. Fall colors like vine maple and aspen will be a bonus. Scopes and cameras welcome. Bring lunch; we'll return between 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Limit 10
Lower Grand Coulee
Leader: Scott Downes and Miriam Gray
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Late September is a great time to explore the lower grand coulee area from Soap Lake to Dry Falls for shorebirds, songbird migrants and potential unusual species like jaegers, Sabine's Gull and scoters. Meet Miriam at the Issaquah P & R at 6:00 a.m. and then meet Scott at Vantage at 8:00 a.m. for some migrant birding of Vantage before continuing onto the lower grand coulee. Return to Issaquah around 7:00-8:00 p.m. Carpool cost: $95 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, September 26, 2010 - Limit 30
Skagit Flats Optics plus Birding
Leader: Nikon’s Birding Market Specialist Mike Freiberg
7:00 AM, Seattle Audubon Nature Shop

Join Nature Shop staff and Nikon for various stops in Skagit County for raptors, passerines and shorebirds. Expect help with how best to use your binoculars and scopes. Return early afternoon. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Limit 10
Green Lake stroll
Leader:  Martin Muller
8:00 AM, West Beach (between water and Bathhouse Theatre)

Come for a leisurely stroll around Green Lake. Field guide, scope and binoculars are handy, but not required. This is a great walk for beginners of all ages. Water birds, some raptors, and perhaps some LBJs in the trees and shrubs. Who knows, maybe even a gull or two. Bird id as well as behavior (some ducks will actually be courting this time of year). Green Lake history and ecology. Layer up, we may stand still in windy spots. Over between 11a.m. and 1 p.m. depending on weather, birds, and participants' stamina. You can leave whenever you need to as long as you let Martin know.
 

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - Limit 14
Seattle Peregrine Search
Leader: Martin Muller
8:00 AM, across the street from Ivar's Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the North end of the I-5 Ship Canal bridge)

Join us for a half-day search of the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration may also turn up Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, and possibly other raptors.  We will also look at other birds that may present themselves.  Please dress appropriately for standing in one (possibly blustery) spot with lots of layers.  Bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. We'll carpool in a minimum number of cars (4 or fewer). Over by 12:30 p.m. Carpool cost $ 4 per passenger, payable to driver.
 

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - Limit 11
Spencer Island
Leader: Julie Myers
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spencer Island is a nice combination of wetlands and adjoining riparian forest.  We will take a leisurely walk on trails birding the excellent mix habitats and nearby Everett Treatment Ponds. We will look for late migrant passerines, raptors, shorebirds, gulls and fall ducks.   A great trip for the beginning birder. Prepare for unpredictable weather.  Scopes are a plus. Over by noon.  Carpool Cost: $15 shared equally by riders.  
 

Sunday, October 31, 2010 - No Limit
Seattle City Hike and Bus Tour
Leader: Gene Hunn
8:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center

Bird Discovery Park on foot (4 miles total hiking); then hike to the Ballard Locks; then lunch at the Lock Spot tavern; then the #44 bus to the UW Union Bay Natural Area, a.k.a. “Montlake Fill” (2 more miles on foot); then back to Discovery Park on the #30 & #24/33 buses from University Avenue (optional extension to Magnuson Park). Finish by ca. 4 p.m. (Bicyclists can use the Burke Gilman Trail.) Dress for the weather and for hiking. Bring water and a snack.
 

Sunday, October 31, 2010 - Limit 7
Snoqualmie Valley Woods and Water
Leader:  Scott Ramos
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Snoqualmie Valley in the winter offers a nice mixture of wintering birds. We will look for who has arrived by walking a couple of the parks in the valley (e.g., Tolt-MacDonald Park) as well as inspecting the river and nearby lakes (e.g., Sikes Lake). Expect to see ducks and geese as well as a variety of passerines in the woods and edges, plus those who prey. Bring lunch/snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and footwear for hiking in muddy areas. Return mid to late afternoon. Carpool cost: $12, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 6, 2010 - Limit 10
Green Lake stroll
Leader:  Martin Muller
8:00 AM, West Beach (between water and Bathhouse Theatre)

Come for a leisurely stroll around Green Lake. Field guide, scope and binoculars are handy, but not required. This is a great walk for beginners of all ages. Water birds, some raptors, and perhaps some LBJs in the trees and shrubs. Who knows, maybe even a gull or two. Bird id as well as behavior (some ducks will actually be courting this time of year). Green Lake history and ecology. Layer up, we may stand still in windy spots. Over between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.M depending on weather, birds, and participants' stamina. You can leave whenever you need to as long as you let Martin know.
 

Saturday, November 6, 2010 - Limit 12
Blaine, Semiahmoo, Birch Bay and Lake Terrell
Leaders:  Joan Bird and Andrea Warner
7:00 AM, N.E. 145th P&R (N. Jackson Park)

Carpool and proceed North on I-5 for approx. 100 miles to meet leaders at 8:30 a.m. at I-5 Exit #260, Slater Road, at the Arco Station (go right off of ramp).

We will explore the shorelines of some of our favorite local birding spots, with an emphasis on ducks, seabirds, gulls, raptors and late shorebirds.  Based on time and interest, we may continue to Lummi Flats (raptors and passerines) or Sandy Point (seabirds/alcids).  Bring binoculars.  Scopes are helpful.  Dress warmly.  Bring wind and rain gear, lunch and fluids.  Arrange to bring a Wildlife Parking Permit for each car.  Return to I-5 #260 mid afternoon.  Carpool cost $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 7, 2010 - Limit 10
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leaders: Mark Johnston and Mark Wolff
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and water; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by mid afternoon.  Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Paul and Barbara Webster
6:30 AM, Ravenna P & R

Fall is an excellent time to explore the varied habitats of Whidbey Island. We'll look for seabirds, returning ducks, gulls, and raptors. Bring rain gear, a scope if you have one, lunch, liquids, and money for the ferry.  Back by early evening.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Saturday, November 13, 2010 - Limit 11
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We'll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes. Dress for blustery weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.

 
Saturday, November 20, 2010 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

Take bus #74 or #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE. Meet at shelter west of main (boat launch) parking lot;the shelter is to the right, at end of drive in.
 
We will climb up the hill at Promontory Point, looking for Cedar Waxwings, sparrows and other songbirds which reside in the park in winter. Then we'll walk along the lake shoreline and/or in the new wetlands to see what ducks are back. Be prepared for wet walking and mud. 2-3 miles. Children accompanied by adult welcome. Over early afternoon, depending on birds and weather.
 

Monday, November 22, 2010 - Limit 10
Lake Sammamish State Park (Joint trip with Eastside Audubon)
Leaders:  Sharon Aagaard and Stan Wood
8:00 AM, Just inside the main entrance, take the first left into the large parking lot and meet at the northeast end

This urban park offers a wide assortment of birds and habitats due to its varied ecosystems. The trip will involve walking approximately 2-3 miles. Dress appro¬priately (rainproof in layers; some of the trails can be muddy if wet). Over by noon.
 

Saturday, December 4, 2010 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning through intermediate birders.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible; our list should be over 40 species given good weather.  We should see a nice selection of wintering water- and songbirds, a few raptors to spice things up, and the Fill often produces a nice surprise as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.
 

Sunday, December 5, 2010 - Limit 10
South King County Puget Sound
Leader: Matt Bartels
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet. We'll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring lunch & snacks, and dress for weather. Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon. Carpool cost: $22.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - Limit 11, in three cars
Samish Flats and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (N Jackson Park)

Our wintering raptors will be back, so we will be looking for eagles, hawks, falcons, accipiters and possibly Short-eared Owls. We'll also watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, small passerines and if we're lucky Northern Shrike. Scopes very helpful. All experience levels welcome. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids, and a WDFW access pass if you have one. Back late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, December 11, 2010 - Limit 10
Discovery Park
Leader: Penny Rose
8:00 AM, Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center/Visitor Center

We will explore several habitats including forest, meadow, thicket and if time allows the saltwater beaches as well.  Searching for mixed feeding flocks, sparrows, raptors and other wintering birds that utilize this urban oasis. Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Limit 12
Camano Island
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
7:30 AM, Ravenna P & R or 8:30 QFC, Stanwood

Visit Iverson Spit on Port Susan Bay and English Boom on Skagit Bay.  Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs and cropland nestled against a forested hillside. Other Camano Island spots, may be visited if time permits. Be prepared to walk about 2 miles on easy terrain. Bring water, lunch, scopes are a plus. Over mid-afternoon. Carpool cost: $28 (from Seattle) shared equally by riders.
 

2011

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Sunday, January 2, 2011 - Limit 12 in 3 cars
Skagit Flats and Samish Bay
Leader:  Vicki King
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Get your birding year off to a great start as we look for eagles, hawks, falcons, swans, shorebirds and more in the Skagit Valley.  While we may get lucky with the weather, please dress for wet and windy conditions.  Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, and a WDFW parking sticker if you have one.  Scopes welcome.  We'll return in the early evening. Carpool cost: $50, shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - Limit 11 (three cars)
Samish Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:30 AM, NE145th P&R (also called North Jackson Park)

The Samish and Skagit Flats are always interesting during the winter. We will be watching for waterfowl, including Swans. Raptors, including hawks, eagles, falcons and perhaps Short--eared Owls are present. We will also look for other waterbirds, and small songbirds in the treed areas. Scopes very helpful. Dress for possible wet weather and maybe wind. Waterproof footware advisable. Bring lunch and money for carpool. Carpool cost: $48, shared equally by riders.
 

Friday, January 7, 2011 - Limit 10
Field Trip: Lake Sammamish State Park
Leaders:  Sharon Aagaard and Stan Wood
8:00 AM, Just inside the main entrance, take the first left into the large parking lot and meet at the northeast end

This urban park offers a wide assortment of birds and habitats due to its varied ecosystems. The trip will involve walking approximately 2-3 miles. Dress appropriately (rainproof in layers; some of the trails can be muddy if wet). Over by noon.
 

Sunday, January 9, 2011 - Limit 11
Field Trip: Snoqualmie Valley Woods and Water
Leader:  Scott Ramos
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Snoqualmie Valley in the winter offers a nice mixture of wintering birds. We will start in Tolt-MacDonald Park and Carnation Marsh and look for passerines, including possible unusual sparrows. Raptors are likely as well. We'll then visit the fields by the old Carnation dairy and Sikes Lake where 4 goose species are likely as well as swans and many duck species. As time and birds permit, we'll hit Stillwater and other nearby locations. Bring lunch/snacks and fluids, and dress to stay warm and dry; some of the walking will be muddy. Return mid afternoon. Carpool cost: $12, shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - Limit 11 (three cars)
Samish Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (also called North Jackson Park)

The Samish and Skagit Flats are always interesting during the winter. We will be watching for waterfowl, including Swans. Raptors, including hawks, eagles, falcons and perhaps Short-eared Owls are present. We will also look for other waterbirds, and small songbirds in the treed areas. Scopes very helpful. Dress for possible wet weather and maybe wind. Waterproof footware advisable. Bring lunch and money for carpool. Carpool cost: $50, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Limit 12
Des Moines Creek, Des Moines
Leader:  Jan Bragg
8:30 AM, Ravenna P&R, or 9:00 AM, Des Moines Marina, public restrooms

We will be walking the newly paved bike trail from the Des Moines waterfront up Des Moines Creek (~2.5 miles each way), looking and listening for song birds (Black-capped and Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, Bewick's and Pacific Wrens, Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets) and possibly woodpeckers. The focus will be on bird sounds.  Then, we'll see what seabirds are hanging around the marina, searching for Horned and Red-necked Grebes, hoping for an auklet or a Harlequin's Duck.  ADA accessible.   Children accompanied by adult welcome. Over early afternoon, depending on birds and weather.  Please indicate at time of sign up where you will meet leader: at Ravenna P&R or at Des Moines Marina.
 

Sunday, February 6, 2011 - Limit of 14 (four cars or fewer)
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Sunday, February 6, 2011 – Limit: none
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Phil Kelley
8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center

Join with the group from Black Hills Audubon to explore the new Nisqually Wildlife Refuge boardwalk system that takes us into the estuary for close-up views (before the entire boardwalk opens). Our emphasis will be on observing estuarine waterfowl, but passerines and raptors will also be present. Bring water, snacks, and dress for the weather. Please indicate at time of signup where you will meet. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - Limit 12
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp
8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center

Join us for a weekday trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, where we will be able to explore the newly-opened boardwalks with fewer people (and possibly more birds!) are around. The tidal estuary has been restored and the boardwalks provide a unique opportunity to view the heart of the estuary close up. Scopes will be very helpful on the new dike.  Bring rain gear and lunch, depending on the weather and the birding we could finish up between 1 a.m. through 3 p.m.  It's easy for participants to depart early if they are unable to stay. If the weather and the birding are good, I enjoy staying longer because there is so much to see.  As a back-up, we could visit Gog Le Hi Te in the Tacoma tide flats for gull study. Please indicate at time of signup where you will meet. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - Limit 10
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leaders: Mark Johnston and Gary Kelsberg
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and water; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by mid afternoon.  Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, February 20, 2011 - Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available;bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Limit 11
Marrowstone Island
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll catch the 7:10 Edmonds-Kingston ferry.  After birding the crossing, we'll stop at Salisbury County Park, just prior to crossing the Hood's Canal Bridge.  Here we'll scan the water for ducks, alcids, and the trees for raptors and passerines. Then up the peninsula to Marrowstone Island. Making several stops along the route we search for Black Oystercatchers and Turnstones and Brant.  Purple finches are regulars at Mystic Harbor.  Fort Flagler has forests and as shoreline to explore.  Time permitting; we may reach Port Townsend and the Point Wilson Lighthouse.  Return at dusk.  Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Carpool Cost: $24.00, shared equally by riders + ferry.
 

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - Limit 10
Ballard Locks 
Leader:  Penny Rose
8:00 AM, Main entrance on the north side of the Ballard Locks

We will explore the confluence of gardens, salt water, fresh water and nearby forests for a variety of species in a very historic and interesting location.  Expect to see Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons (rookery), many species of ducks such as Goldeneye.  Level walking for short distances.  Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Monday, February 28, 2011 - Limit 7
Samish Flats (Skagit County)
Leader:  Marv Breece
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

The Samish Flats offers some of the best winter raptor viewing in the country.  Expect to see Red-tailed, Harlan’s and Rough-legged Hawk.  Also Northern Harrier and Bald Eagle.  With luck we’ll find Peregrine Falcon and perhaps American Kestrel and Merlin.  There is a chance for Gyrfalcon and Prairie Falcon as well.  Maybe Short-eared Owl.  Bring a scope if you can.  Bring a sack lunch, snacks and clothing layers, including rain gear.    Back by early evening.  Carpool cost: $50, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, north parking lot near Tennis court

Canvasback, Ring-necked Ducks, American Wigeon, and Goldeneyes seek protected waters.  Fox Sparrows, Bald Eagles and four species of grebe are possibilities.  Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot-gear is needed. Back by noon.
 

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - Space Limited
Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island
Leader:  George Gerdts
10:00 AM, Winslow City Dock

Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island aboard an 80 foot catamaran; viewing Eagle Harbor, Blakley Rock, Restoration Point, Rich Passage, Port Orchard, and Agate Pass.  Expect to see multiple species of loons, sea ducks (including Harlequin and Long-tailed Ducks), grebes (with a chance for Clark's and Eared), cormorants, and rocky-shore sandpipers.

Sign-up:  The cost is $65 (20% of trip cost is donated to SAS). After signing up for the trip through Seattle Audubon, payment with an accompanying form (click here for form) need to be sent to the leader. Forms are also available by mail – please ask when signing up for the trip.
 

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - Limit 12
Camano Island
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
7:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 8:30 at QFC in Stanwood

Visit Iverson Spit on Port Susan Bay and English Boom on Skagit Bay.  Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs and cropland nestled against a forested hillside. Other Camano Island spots, may be visited if time permits. Be prepared to walk about 2 miles on easy terrain. Bring water, lunch, scopes are a plus. Over mid-afternoon. Leaders will be at Stanwood. If meeting at Ravenna P&R form carpool on own.  Carpool cost: $28.00 (from Seattle) shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Paul and Barbara Webster
6:30 AM, Ravenna P & R

Late winter is an excellent time to explore the varied habitats of Whidbey Island. We'll look for seabirds, ducks, raptors, and forest birds. Bring rain gear, a scope if you have one, lunch, liquids, and money for the ferry.  Back by early evening.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Saturday, March 19, 2011 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader:  Evan Houston
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning through intermediate birders.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible.  Given decent weather, over 40 species are likely, including early migrants, wintering waterfowl, raptors, and native sparrows.  The Fill often provides an unexpected highlight or two as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.
 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - Limit 12
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center

Join us for a weekday trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, where we will be able to explore the newly opened boardwalk with fewer people around and possibly more birds!  The tidal estuary has been restored and the boardwalk provides a unique opportunity to view over 700 acres of wetlands.  Scopes will be very helpful.  Bring rain gear and lunch, depending on the weather and the birding we will finish up between 1 p.m and 3 p.m.  It's easy for participants to depart early if they are unable to stay. If the weather and the birding are good, I enjoy staying longer because there is so much to see.  As a back up, we can visit the seldom-visited Nisqually NWR in Dupont, which has a mixed forest bluff that overlooks the northeast delta and Red Salmon Slough, or Hawks Prairie Sewage Ponds south of the refuge, which has marsh/prairie habitat.  Please indicate at time of signup where you will meet. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 2, 2011 - Limit 11
Whatcom County
Leader:  Vicki King
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Today we'll visit Blaine's Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo, salt water areas where large numbers of seabirds congregate before moving north for breeding.  Depending on the group's wishes and time, we may make brief stops on route to look for Dippers and Western Bluebirds on the way north and/or visit nearby lakes to look for passerines and ducks. Dress for the weather and bring rain gear, lunch, snacks, and beverages.  Scopes and radios are welcome.  Return to Seattle by 7 p.m. Carpool cost: $60, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 3, 2011 - Limit 7
Scatter Creek and Mima Mounds
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We'll spend the morning at the Scatter Creek wildlife area, which includes large areas of prairie, plus riparian, wetland and forest habitats. This mix means a good variety of birds, including sparrows, warblers, woodpeckers, even ducks and raptors; meadowlarks and Rufous Hummingbirds may be around. Afterward, we'll head over to Mima Mounds to investigate the unusual formations and look for possible Sooty Grouse, Great-horned Owl and Northern Harrier. Bring snacks, fluids and lunch. Dress for the weather. We'll walk several miles on flat trails; wear comfortable shoes. Over late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $40, shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, April 7, 2011    - Limit 11
Point Defiance Park, Tacoma
Leaders: Frances Wood (female) and Sue Yates
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R or 9:30 AM, Point Defiance Park, at the information kiosk just inside the Pearl Street entrance.

Point Defiance is Tacoma’s destination birding site. We’ll explore a salt water beach, scoping for cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, and seabirds.  We’ll walk trails through mature forests watching for woodpeckers, wren, kinglets and early migrants .  Depending upon time, we may explore other spots. Plan to walk 2-3 miles on easy trails, bring snacks, liquids, and dress for the weather.  Over by 1 p.m. At sign up, please tell where you will meet. Carpool cost $22 from Seattle shared by riders.
 

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - Limit 8           
Discovery Park
Leader: Kathy & Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Friday, April 15, 2011  -  Limit 8
Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie/North Bend
Leader:  John Tubbs
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Bird a relatively unknown King County Natural Area near the confluence of the South, Middle and North Forks of the Snoqualmie River.  This trip will involve walking approximately three miles over easy terrain (Snoqualmie Valley Trail, gravel-surfaced and dirt trails in the natural area) so please wear appropriate shoes and other attire and bring water and a snack.  Habitats include open meadows and forest edge, riparian areas, an oxbow slough and cottonwood forest with a few conifers thrown in.  Mount Si gives spectacular views as it looms over the natural area.  Return by noon.  Carpool cost $9 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 17, 2011 - Limit 7
Snoqualmie Point Bird & Hike
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Ravenna/65th P&R

Snoqualmie Point is the northern access point to the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. It climbs through alder woods, a recent clearcut and conifer forest, thus offering a varied set of habitats. Expect to see and hear a variety of passerines. With luck, we may encounter Red Crossbills, Varied Thrush and Sooty Grouse. And raptors are always a possibility. We will hike about 5 miles, with a gradual elevation gain of 1500 feet, both on trail and on old logging roads. Bring snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and hiking boots. Return early afternoon. Carpool cost: $15, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 23, 2011 - Limit 14
Ellensburg area
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett's lot)

Depending on weather we may start birding somewhere around Cle Elum – or instead maybe head straight to the sage east of Ellensburg – then likely finish up in the canyons in the afternoon.  Bring lunch; return early evening.  Carpool cost: $62.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
King County Big Day
Leaders: Michael Hobbs and Matt Bartels
5:30 AM, Marymoor Park (near the Clise Mansion)

We will start with the sunrise at Marymoor, and then move around the county birding at a fast pace until sunset.  Participants should log over 100 species, but the emphasis is on having pun.  Bring food, drink and dress for weather and fast walking. Contact leaders for info on pre-trip owling. Carpool cost: $40.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – Limit 10
Colony Farm Regional Park Bird Banding
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
5:00 AM, NE 145th Street Park-&-Ride (P&R) is near Exit 175 off northbound I-5

We will be getting the V.I.B. (Very Important Birder) tour hosted by the Vancouver Avian Research Centre. The Banding Station at Colony Farm is known for having an interesting mix of migrants and resident birds. Mid-May will be a great time to see some unusual birds passing through. We will be able to view the whole procedure with close up looks at the banding of the birds. We are getting an early start to catch the birds when they are active. After observing the banding, we will bird the park's diverse habitats. Pack a lunch, camera and passports. Carpool cost: $62.50 shared equally by riders. We will be back late afternoon or early evening.
 

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – Limit 11
Western Kittitas Shrub-steppe and Canyons
Leader: Mark Johnston
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot)

We’ll spend the day birding the vicinity of Yakima and Umtanum Canyons with a foray into upland shrub-steppe and other open habitats.  With spring migration well underway, we expect to encounter a good mix of species typical of the excellent mix of habitats the area offers.  Bring a lunch, liquids, and money for a restaurant stop on return.  Dress for the weather; scopes helpful.  Carpool cost: $55.00 shared equally by riders.  Return by late afternoon.  
 

Sunday, May 15, 2011 – Limit 7
Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Environs
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Starbucks on west side of I-5, Exit 119

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a defacto wildlife refuge. Places visited depend on areas that are open due to troop training. May visit some areas near JBLM, also. Some walking. Everyone must have either a state or US photo ID to get on base (state driver license preferred to get Range Control pass). Drivers MUST have current proof of insurance, driver license, and vehicle registration (no exceptions allowed at JBLM). Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus. Return late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $6.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 21, 2011 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the East Slope Cascades
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We'll spend the day birding a variety of habitats which should produce a good representation of species occurring east of the Cascades. Our focus will be on identifying species by their vocalizations. We'll walk approximately 5 miles, much of it over very uneven ground and including tricky stream crossings. Possible restaurant stop on return. Back by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - Limit 11
Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie/North Bend
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader:  John Tubbs
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

Bird the lightly-used King County Natural Area near the confluence of the South, Middle and North Forks of the Snoqualmie River.  This trip will involve walking approximately three miles over mostly easy terrain, with some muddy areas possible.  Mosquitos are possible as well.  Please wear appropriate shoes and other attire and bring water and a snack.  Restrooms are close by at Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie.  Habitats include open meadows and forest edge, riparian areas, an oxbow slough and cottonwood forest with a few conifers thrown in.  Mount Si gives spectacular views as it looms over the location.  We will look for late migrants and summer resident species.  Optional side trip to nearby Tokul Creek for probable American Dippers.  Return by noon.  Carpool cost $9 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Mark Johnston
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbett’s Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We'll spend approximately 5 hours birding the extraordinary mix of habitats at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah. We'll focus on identifying species by their vocalizations and discuss some aspects of the ecology of acoustic communication in birds. A walk of approximately 5 miles is involved. Back by 1 p.m. Carpool cost: $3 shared equally by riders.
 

Monday, May 30, 2011  Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

(Take bus #30 or #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE. Meet at shelter at west side of main (boat launch) parking lot; the shelter is to the right, at end of drive in.  If no parking is available, try small lot at NE 65th St x 62nd Ave NE and walk in.)

For this half-day Birdathon, we will be counting not only how many species we get (expect 40-50) but also how many active bird nests we find.  Be prepared for 2-3 miles of walking, up hill and down. Children accompanied by adult welcome. Over early afternoon.

 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - Limit 14
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian Bell
6:00 AM, NE 145th St P&R (also called N. Jackson Park)

Explore Whidbey's nooks and crannies for breeding ducks, waterbirds and alcids, shorebirds lingering at Crockett Lake, and passerines in the forests and woodlands. Scopes useful, bring lunch a ferry money. Carpool to three cars. Back by early evening.
 

Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5, 2011 - Limit 6
Backpacking Umtanum Creek
Leaders: Tiffany and Tor Linbo and Mark Wolff
10:00 AM Ravenna P&R or 1:00PM at Umtanum Creek trailhead

An overnight backpacking trip to take an in depth look at the ecology of one of Eastern Washington's rich bird and wildlife areas. We'll likely see big horned sheep, rattlesnakes, Lazuli Bunting, wildflowers, and Lewis' Woodpecker amongst many others. Strong hiking or backpacking experience required. Be prepared to hike 6 miles (round trip) carrying your full camping gear, binoculars, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks), water, and personal items. Trail includes a couple of shallow stream crossings. Up to an additional 6 miles will be hiked during the day without the camping gear. There are no bathroom facilities so cathole methods apply on the trail. Gear checklist and further trip details will be provided after registering. Return Sunday evening. Carpool cost: $55 (from Seattle), shared equally by riders. America the Beautiful pass or fee required to park at trailhead.
 

Saturday, June 4, 2011 – Limit 10
Upper Skagit River
Leaders: Colleen McShane and David Batchelder
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

Did you know that Seattle City Light owns over 10,000 acres of wildlife habitat along the Skagit River?  Spend the day with a City Light wildlife biologist birding wetlands, riparian areas, and other habitats along the upper Skagit River between Rockport and Diablo.  Some walking involved.  Bring a lunch, liquids, bug repellant, and money for an ice cream stop on return.  Dress for the weather and possibly wet brush; scopes helpful.  Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders.  Return late afternoon or early evening.

 
Sunday, June 12, 2011 – Limit 30
Protection Island Boat Trip – $75
Leader/Naturalist: George Gerdts
10:00 AM, Port Hudson Marina, Port Townsend

Protection Island is a 400-acre National Wildlife Refuge with 70 percent of Puget Sound’s nesting marine birds making it their breeding ground. The charter cruiser Glacier Spirit has excellent viewing from inside and ample outside viewing. Expect to get good views of all of the nesting birds, including Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, cormorants, and, perhaps, Tufted Puffins and Black Oystercatchers. Marine mammal sightings possible. Coffee and snacks provided; bring your own lunch. Dress in appropriate layers, the Strait can be very cool, even in June. Return about 2:00 p.m. After you sign-up with Seattle Audubon, complete the registration form and mail the check directly to George. You are not signed-up for the trip until your check is received and you have a receipt (receipts will be mailed after May 15).  Download registration forms or get them from the nature shop. Seattle Audubon will receive 20 percent of the trip cost for each person who signs-up through SAS.
 

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - Limit 11
Robinson Canyon
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

Located on the east slope of the Cascades, Robinson Canyon is an absolute gem. Its highly diverse habitats provide excellent birding in a wonderful setting. We'll spend approximately 5 hours in the canyon walking up to 5 miles over very uneven ground and including tricky stream crossings. Possible restaurant stop on return. Back by late afternoon. Carpool cost $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Limit 8
Bike and Bird Magnuson Park to the Arboretum
Leader:  Sam Woods
8:00 AM, Magnuson Park

Meet at shelter west of the boat launch parking lot, NE 65th St entrance, on right at end of drive into park.  Explore some of Seattle's best birding hot spots (Magnuson Park, Montlake Fill, Foster Island, and the Arboretum) without using a DROP of gasoline.  The route is nearly level and approximately 4.5 miles each way.  Bring your bike, helmet, binoculars, snacks, and dress for the weather.  Back by 3:00 p.m.  Carpool cost: $0.
 

Monday, June 20, 2011 – Limit 7
Robinson Canyon
Leader:  Marv Breece
6:00AM,  Ravenna P&R

Riparian habitat combined with dry, rocky slopes will provide an opportunity for a diversity of birds.  Expect to hike 1 or 2 miles on level, but often rocky trails.  You’ll need good footwear.  Bring lunch and snacks.  No scheduled lunch stop.  Return in the evening.   Car pool cost of $56 shared equally by riders.
 
 
Saturday, June 25, 2011 - Limit 7
Birding the Wenatchee River Watershed
Leader: Jim Owens
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (SW Corner, 1st Floor of parking structure
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We’ll hike the 4 mile Discovery Trail on the top of Blewett Pass looking for woodpeckers and montane forest birds followed by an exploration of the Audubon Society’s Barn Beach Reserve in Leavenworth, where we’ll look for Hummingbirds, Warblers and other avian riparian aficionados.  We’ll end our day on Icicle Creek outside of Leavenworth exploring the brush and mixed forests around the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.  We will be hiking several well-graded but dusty trails; bring water, sun protection, comfortable shoes, lunch, and snacks and be prepared for bugs and warm weather.  If the weather warrants, we’ll stop for ice cream in Leavenworth before heading home.  The trip is limited to two cars of four passengers each.  Car pool costs from Issaquah P&R: $64 shared equally by riders.  Back by early evening.
 

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - Limit 11
Early Summer Trip to South Cle Elum Ridge
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (uncovered Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

South Cle Elum Ridge includes numerous habitats and the largest breeding bird diversity for Washington.  Over 100 bird species were confirmed or possible breeders in this section.  We'll search wetlands around Cle Elum for Swallows, Warblers, and Wood Ducks.  Check the feeders in town for Rufous, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, as well as Cassin's and House Finches. Then we'll proceed up along Taneum Creek to the forests above I-5.  Everything from Veeries and Canyon Wrens to Williamson's Sapsuckers and Evening Grosbeaks have been observed on this leg of the journey.  Finally a great view of the Cle Elum Valley and North Cascades from the high point of our trip.  The high country part of the trip depends on the snow conditions and may have to be abandoned if snow-covered roads are encountered.  Bring lunch.  We'll return between 5-6 p.m.  Scopes and cameras welcome.  The wild flower bloom should be starting.  Carpool cost $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - Limit 12
Big Four Area
Leader: Pam Pritzl and Miriam Gray
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R

The Big 4 area lies along the Stillaguamish River east of Granite Falls. Spring mountain birding is at its best here. The trail takes you on a boardwalk across a fresh water marsh (expect to see Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Flycatchers, Warblers), across a bridge over the south fork of the Stillaguamish River (look for Dippers, Common Merganser, Harlequin Ducks and Spotted Sandpiper), into the forest (Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Western-wood Pewees and Varied Thrushes are common) and eventually to a huge cirque that ends at a lookout area (we’ll plan to eat lunch here). Drivers will need a U. S. Forest Service trailhead parking day pass (at REI any NP office or national forest office) or a Golden Age Pass. Bring lunch and wear hiking boots and expect to walk a leisurely 2 miles round trip, 200’ gain. Trip will be over in afternoon. Carpool cost of $35 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, July 3, 2011 - Limit 12
Washington Park Arboretum Walk
Leaders: Janine Anderson and Miriam Gray
8:00 AM, Graham Visitor Center

This walk will feature the flora and fauna of the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum in midsummer, including seasonal highlights, native plants, habitat-worthy selections, and the wilder areas of Duck Bay and Foster Island.  Possible birds include: nesting Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, Wood Ducks, and woodland birds.  Janine is a landscape designer and Certified Professional Horticulturist who has been an Arboretum guide for over 10 years.  Scopes useful.  Over by noon.
 

Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
8:00 AM, Education Pavilion

 
(Take bus #30 or #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE. Meet at shelter at west side of main (boat launch) parking lot; the shelter is to the right, at end of drive in.  If no parking is available, try small lot at NE 65th St x 62nd Ave NE and walk in.)
 
This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approx. 3 hrs spotting adult and juvenile birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, wetlands and lake shore, keeping our eyes out for any newly-emerged Pacific Chorus Frogs too!  Be prepared for 2-3 miles of walking, up hill and down. Bring binoculars, if you have them. There will be some binoculars to borrow.
 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 – Limit 3
Navaho Pass, Joint trip with Eastside Audubon
Leader: Sharon Aagaard
5:00 AM, Issaquah Park & Ride

Navaho Pass, in the North Fork Teanaway River area of Eastern Washington, is listed as one of the best bird hikes and is geared for fit, long-distance hiker-birders because it’s 11 miles roundtrip. It’s not a difficult hike, but the distance makes for a long day of hiking and can be tiring after 8-9 hours on the trail.  The 3,000 foot elevation gain is gradual and the trail is in good shape with a nice combination of shade and light as a good portion of the hike is in large Ponderosa Pines, Doug Firs, and deciduous trees. We’ll eat lunch at a high point of 6,000 feet overlooking the magnificent Stewart Mountain Range.  (This hike is described in greater detail on pp 120-121 in “100 Hikes Washington’s Alpine Lakes” 3rd edition.)  In addition to wildflowers, expect to see and hear many Nashville Warblers, Townsend Warblers, MacGillivray’s Warblers, Hermit Thrushes, Western Tanagers, Warbling Vireos, Clark’s Nutcrackers, Brown Creepers, Golden-Crowned Kinglets, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, an Olive-sided Flycatcher, a Hammond’s Flycatcher or two, and if we’re lucky, perhaps a Golden Eagle will fly over.  Last year, we saw/heard 33 different species. Limited to 7 members (4 from Eastside Audubon and 3 from Seattle Audubon), including Sharon. This makes two cars of 4 leaving at 5:00 a.m. from the Issaquah Park & Ride and returning by approximately 7:00-8:00 p.m.  Passenger cost per person (not the drivers) is $15. 
 

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - Limit 12
Mowich Lake to Spray Park, Mt. Rainier NP
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Ravenna Park & Ride

A moderately strenuous hike of 7 miles and an elevation gain of 800 feet passes through the old growth forest to the sub-alpine zone.  Our focus is flowers, which are blooming from the forest to the meadows. Expect a wide variety of flowers in the various micro and macro habitats along the trail.  Expect to see between 30-50 flowering plants.  Look on the birds seen as a bonus because they are in a post-breeding dispersal and pre-migration so are very quiet.  On sunny days the views of Mt Rainier are spectacular and the side trip to Spray Falls is beautiful.  Return late afternoon or early evening.  Lunch on the trail and prepare for mountainous weather. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - Limit 7
Snoqualmie Point Birding Hike
Leader:  Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Ravenna Park & Ride

Snoqualmie Point is the northern access point to the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. It climbs through alder woods, a recent clearcut and conifer forest, thus offering a varied set of habitats. Expect to see and hear many warblers, vireos and flycatchers. With luck, we may encounter Red Crossbills, Varied Thrushs and Sooty Grouse. Raptors are always a possibility. We will hike about 5 miles, with a gradual elevation gain of 1500 feet, both on trail and on old logging roads. Bring snacks and fluids--we'll eat lunch on the trail. Wear sun and/or rain protection and sturdy hiking boots. Return mid-afternoon. Carpool cost: $15 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, NE 145th Park & Ride (N Jackson Park Park & Ride)

We'll be exploring Whidbey for returning shorebirds, remaining waterfowl, and songbirds. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes are very helpful. We will return about 6 p.m.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (N Jackson Park P&R)

We'll be exploring Whidbey for returning shorebirds, remaining waterfowl, and songbirds. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes very helpful. Returning late afternoon or early evening.  Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - Limit 10
Hike near Blewett Pass
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbett’s Lot

We’ll drive to the end of FS 9714, walk up to and across the Teanaway Ridge, along the Kittitas/Chelan county line, back down Road 113. Hike distance, 7 miles; elevation gain, 1700 feet. Besides all the lower montane species, we may find Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Lazuli Buntings — maybe even a Goshawk. Return late afternoon or early evening. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack and lunch. Minimum 2 liters of water required.  Need to bring Trail Park Pass. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sat, August 27, 2011 - Limit 7
Mount Rainier, Sunrise – high-elevation birds and a hike
Leader: Evan Houston
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (uncovered Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We should see some high-elevation birds and beautiful scenery on this outing. Weather-permitting, we’ll plan to hike the Burroughs Mountain Loop, a hike of 7 miles with around a thousand feet of elevation gain, all at high elevation. Our species count will not be high but we should see some high-elevation residents, migrants, and maybe a treat or two such as a Rosy-Finch or even a Ptarmigan. You should be in good physical condition for this outing and able and willing to partake on a strenuous hike (with lots of stops for wildlife and scenery!). Bring binoculars, lunch (we’ll picnic on the trail), and multiple layers of clothing to be prepared for unpredictable high-elevation weather. Trip will involve about 80 miles of driving one way from the lot to the Sunrise visitor center.  Back by about 6:30-7 p.m.  Carpool cost $40 shared equally by riders, plus $15 for park entry per vehicle.
 

Saturday, September 3, 2011 - Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park

August is typically an iffy month for seeing birds, but we will see lots of feeding activity at the parks peapatch that include American Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Rufous and Anna's Hummingbirds.  Down at the wetlands, we will find the pair of nesting Bald Eagles, Great-blue Heron, and Willow Flycatcher.  This easy walk through the park will take about three hours.
 

Sunday, September 4, 2011 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
8:00 AM, Promontory Point Education Pavilion

 
This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approx. 3 hrs spotting birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, wetlands and lake shore, keeping our eyes out for the last of Magnuson's Swallows, Sparrows, and other summer visitors before they fly south again, plus the amazing array of Dragonflies!  Be prepared for 2-3 miles of walking, up hill and down. Binoculars are available to borrow if you request them when registering. 
 

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Limit 12
Kelsey Creek Park, Bellevue
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Ravenna P&R Seattle or
9:30 AM, Kelsey Creek Park parking lot (410 130th Pl. SE. Bellevue)

This walk is primarily geared for those wanting to learn the sights and sounds of local common birds. The park offers garden, riparian and forest habitat.  Children (with accompanying adult) are welcome.
Expect to walk on steep and narrow trails, up steps and down.  Please indicate at time of sign-up if you plan to carpool from P&R or meet at the park itself.  Returning to P&R by early afternoon.  Carpool cost $6, equally shared by riders.
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - Limit 12
Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie/North Bend
Leader: John and Trisha Tubbs
7:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot

Bird a King County Natural Area near the confluence of the South, Middle, and North Forks of the Snoqualmie River. This trip will involve walking approximately 3 miles over easy terrain (Snoqualmie Valley Trail, gravel-surfaced and dirt trails in the natural area) so wear appropriate shoes and other attire, and bring water and a snack.  Habitats include open meadows and forest edge, riparian areas, an oxbow slough and cottonwood forest with a few conifers thrown in.  Mount Si gives spectacular views as it looms over the natural area. Return by noon.  Carpool cost: $9 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Limit 12 (4 cars)
Sandy Point, Lake Terrell, Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Blaine
Leaders: Miriam Gray, Joan Bird and Andrea Warner
7:00 AM, N.E. 145th P&R (N. Jackson Park)

 
Carpool at park and ride and proceed North on I-5 for approx. 100 miles to meet leaders at 8:30 a.m. at I-5 Exit #260, Slater Road.  Turn right off ramp and go 1 block to the Arco Station. We will explore the shorelines of some of the above local birding hot spots, based on pre-trip scouting results, with an emphasis on ducks, seabirds, gulls, raptors and shorebirds.  Bring binoculars.  Scopes are helpful.  Dress warmly.  Bring wind and rain gear, lunch and fluids.  Arrange to bring a Discover Pass for each car.  Return to I-5 Exit #260 mid afternoon.  Carpool cost $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Limit 11 (3 cars, 4/car)
Ellensburg for birds and early fall colors (maybe)
Leader:  Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbits-uncovered lot south of covered lot)

Fall migrants should be starting to return, including shorebirds and raptors. Summer residents like blue birds may still be found; resident birds such as golden eagles, great horned owls, and grey partridge are possible. Fall colors like vine maple and aspen will be a bonus. Scopes and cameras welcome. Bring lunch; we'll return between 5-6 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders
 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - Limit 12
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp
6:30 AM, Ravenna P&R or 8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center

Join us for a weekday trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, where we will be able to explore the newly opened boardwalk with fewer people around and possibly more birds!  The tidal estuary has been restored and the boardwalk provides a unique opportunity to view over 700 acres of wetlands.  Scopes will be very helpful.  Bring rain gear and lunch, depending on the weather and the birding we will finish up between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  It's easy for participants to depart early if they are unable to stay. If the weather and the birding are good, I enjoy staying longer because there is so much to see.  As a back up, we can visit the seldom-visited Nisqually NWR in Dupont, which has a mixed forest bluff that overlooks the northeast delta and Red Salmon Slough, or Hawks Prairie Sewage Ponds south of the refuge, which has marsh/prairie habitat.  Please indicate at time of signup where you will meet. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - Limit 6
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leaders: Sue Yates and Phyllis Moss
8:00 AM, Warren Magnuson Park, 65th Street entrance, continue past Sports Field Rd on left and take first left into the parking lot or 8:45 AM, Juanita Bay Parking lot, Kirkland

Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland is a beautiful 144 acre park located on the shores of Lake Washington. The  marshes, open water and grasslands provide habitat for waterfowl, passerines, and raptors. Join us for up to a couple of miles level walking. Bring snacks and fluids and dress for the weather. Carpool cost $15.00, divided equally by riders. Over early afternoon.
 

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - Limit 14
Seattle Peregrine Search
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, across the street from Ivar's Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the North end of the I-5 Ship Canal bridge)

Join us for a half-day search of the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration may also turn up Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, and possibly other raptors.  We will also look at other birds that may present themselves.  Please dress appropriately for standing in one (possibly blustery) spot with lots of layers.  Bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. We'll carpool in a minimum number of cars (4 or fewer). Over by 12:30 p.m. Carpool cost $ 4 per passenger, payable to driver.
 

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Unlimited
Seattle Parks Birding by Bus and Boot
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Magnuson Park entrance, Sand Point Way NE and NE 65th Street

We will make an ambitious circuit of 3 of Seattle's best birding hotspots--Discovery Park, Montlake Fill and Magnuson Park--entirely by bus and hiking. We'll gather before dawn to catch the bus to Discovery Park, then bird for 3-4 miles in the woods and along the water. We'll then walk to the Ballard Locks, cross over and have an early lunch at the Lock Spot cafe. From there, we'll take the bus to the UW campus where we'll bird along the waterfront and in the Union Bay Natural Area. Finally, one more bus ride back to Magnuson Park, where, time permitting, we'll bird the wetlands. Finish late afternoon. Dress for the weather and for hiking on possibly wet and muddy trails. Bring water and snacks. Carpool cost: none!, but bring money or a pass for the bus rides.
 

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, the Education Pavilion

Some wintering sparrows and Ruby-crowned Kinglets should be back by this time. Hope for a surprise appearance from a raptor.  Children accompanied by an adult welcome.  Expect to walk uphill and down, around the wetlands and possibly along the lake shoreline.  Be ready for mud if it's been raining! Over by early afternoon.
 

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - Limit 11
Spencer Island
Leader: Julie Myers
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Spencer Island is a nice combination of wetlands and adjoining riparian forest.  We will take a leisurely walk on trails, birding the excellent mixed habitats and nearby Everett Treatment Ponds. We will look for late migrant passerines, raptors, shorebirds, gulls and fall ducks. A great trip for the beginning birder. Prepare for unpredictable weather.  Scopes are a plus. Over by noon.  Carpool Cost: $15 shared equally by riders. 
 

Saturday, November 12, 2011 - Limit 10
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

A perfect trip for coffee drinkers: chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend.  Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility.  We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks.  Scopes a plus.  Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes.  Dress for blustery weather.  Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:45 AM, Environmental Learning Center (aka the Visitor's Center) at the main entrance to the park on Government Way

We will take a leisurely 2-3 mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on and off the loop trail exploring forest, field and wetland habitats.  Over by noon. The meadows and the bluffs can be very windy.  Dress for weather.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks.
 

Saturday, November 26, 2011 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

We’ll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and liquids; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - Limit 11, in three cars
Samish Flats and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:30 AM, NE 145th P&R (N Jackson Park)

Our wintering raptors will be back, so we will be looking for eagles, hawks, falcons, accipiters and possibly Short-eared Owls. We'll also watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, small passerines and if we're lucky Northern Shrike. Scopes very helpful. All experience levels welcome. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids, and a Washington State Discover Pass if you have one. Back late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, December 4 - Limit 7
Snoqualmie Valley Woods and Water
Leader: Scott Ramos
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Snoqualmie Valley in the winter offers a nice mixture of wintering birds. We will look for who has arrived by walking a couple of the parks in the valley (e.g., Tolt-MacDonald Park) as well as inspecting the river and nearby lakes (e.g., Sikes Lake). Expect to see ducks and geese as well as a variety of passerines in the woods and edges, maybe a few raptors. Bring lunch/snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and footwear for hiking in muddy areas. Return mid to late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $15, shared equally by riders.
 

Sat, December 10, 2011 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning/intermediate birders.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible; usually more than 40 species.  At this time of the year the Fill offers wintering water- and songbirds, raptors, and the Fill often produces a nice surprise as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but muddy ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the wintry elements.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.
 

Saturday, December 10, 2011 – Limit 10, in three cars
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor, Boundary Bay
Leaders: Jim Owens & Phyllis Moss
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R

Mid-December is a good time to look for loons, Brant, diving ducks, alcids, and possibly a Short-eared Owl.  We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo and Drayton Harbor, check out Blaine and head across the border to scan the shoreline of Boundary Bay.  You must have a passport or enhanced driver's license for the border crossing.   Dress for cold weather, bring lunch and snacks; scopes will be very helpful but not required.  Return by late afternoon or early evening.  Carpool Costs: $75 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - Limit 11
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp
7:00 AM, Ravenna P&R or 8:00 AM at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center
(Indicate if you will meet at Ravenna or the Nisqually Refuge when you sign up)

Join us for a weekday trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge,  where there should be many Bald Eagles and a good variety of breeding plumage waterfowl to observe. The tidal estuary has been restored and the boardwalks provide a unique opportunity to view the heart of the estuary close up. Scopes will be very helpful on the new dike.  Bring rain gear and lunch, depending on the weather and the birding we could finish up between 1 p.m. through 3 p.m.  It's easy for participants to depart early if they are unable to stay. Hunting season is from October 15 to January 29 so we may hear gun shot, but many birds find sanctuary within the protected refuge boundaries. Please indicate at time of sign up where you will meet the group. Carpool cost from Ravenna: $27.50 shared equally by riders.
 

2012

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Saturday, January 7, 2012 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

Come see what birds are visiting the park in the new year.  We'll be looking for sparrows in the fields, ducks on the lake and gulls on the raft.  We'll be listening to any bird brave enough to sing.  And we'll be hoping for a raptor.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Expect to walk uphill and down, around the wetlands and along the lake shoreline.  You'll need footwear which can get wet and/or muddy.  Over by early afternoon.
 

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - Limit 12 in 3 cars
Skagit Flats and Samish Bay
Leader:  Vicki King
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Get your birding year off to a great start as we look for eagles, hawks, falcons, swans, shorebirds and more in the Skagit Valley.  While we may get lucky with the weather, please dress for cold, wet and windy conditions.  Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, and a WDFW parking sticker if you have one.  Scopes welcome.  We'll return in the early evening.  Carpool cost: $50.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, January 8, 2012 - Limit 15
West Seattle
Leader: Penny Rose
8:00 AM, Entrance to Camp Long (5200 35th Ave SW)

We’ll begin by exploring the forests and wetlands of Camp Long for mixed feeding flocks with possible Pileated Woodpeckers and accipiters.  We’ll then head to the shores of Puget Sound along Constellation Park and Duwamish Head for waterbirds including Surf Birds and Harlequin Ducks.  Dress for the weather; bring liquids and snacks if you like.  Scopes helpful.  Back by 1 p.m.
 

Saturday, January 14, 2012 - Limit 10
George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Boundary Bay

Leader: Neil Zimmerman
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

The destination is Reifel Bird Sanctuary (near Ladner BC), one of the great sanctuaries in our area that provides winter habitat for Snow Geese, waterfowl, raptors, gulls, sparrows, owls and many other species. We will stop at Boundary Bay which is a great spot for Snowy and Short-eared Owls. You MUST bring a passport or an enhanced driver's license for the border crossing - no exceptions.  Bring lunch, beverages, $5 for admission at Reifel and a scope if you have one. Dress for the weather.  Expect several miles of walking on level paths. Return to Seattle by early evening. Carpool cost: $75.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 14, 2012 - Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, north parking lot of Luther Burbank Park

We will be looking for various species including Fox Sparrows, grebes and wintering ducks on the lake.   Dress for the weather; bring liquids and snacks if you like.  Over by noon.
 

Saturday, January 21, 2012 – Limit 11 (3 cars)
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Leader: Lee Barnes
7:15 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Take a ride on the West Side!  Explore the Northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  Visit birding hot spots like Salisbury Park, Oak Bay, Mystic Bay, and Ft Flagler State Park.  See historic Nordland and Pt Wilson.  Expect a diversity of bird families, raptors, shorebirds, alcids, water fowl, and wintering passerines.  We'll catch the 7:55 a.m. Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, bird the day away, and return in the late afternoon.  Dress for inclement weather, hope for sun, expect a good time.  Bring a lunch, binoculars, scopes, money for the ferry (approximately $9/person) and carpool costs, and a spirit of adventure.  Carpool cost: $18.75 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, January 22, 2012 - Limit of 14 (four or fewer cars)
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, across from Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Paul and Barbara Webster
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Winter is an excellent time to explore the varied habitats of Whidbey Island. We'll look for seabirds, ducks, raptors, and forest birds. Bring rain gear, a scope if you have one, lunch, liquids, and money for the ferry.  Back by early evening.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - Limit of 14 (four cars or fewer)
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, across from Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and liquids; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes welcomed. Return by late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.
 

Saurday, February 18, 2012 – Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
8:00 AM, Promontory Point Education Pavilion

(Take bus #30 or #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the red-metal-roofed shelter at the west edge of boat launch parking lot, next to little drive-in road. Call leader for more detailed directions if needed.)

This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families. We will spend approx. 3 hrs spotting birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, lake shore, and the entire wetlands complex including the new Shore Ponds.  We'll keep our eyes out for Buffleheads, Northern Shovelers, and other wintering waterfowl, plus the ever-present songbird and raptor species.  And listen for the mating calls of Pacific Chorus Frogs!  Be prepared for 2-3 miles of walking, uphill and down. Binoculars are available to borrow if you request them when registering.
 

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - Limit 11  (three cars)
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:30 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

A perfect trip for coffee drinkers: chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend.  Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled  Murrelets, Harlequin Ducks are a possibility.  We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks.  Scopes a plus.  Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes. We will be stopping at several state parks so please bring a Discover Pass if you have one.  Dress for blustery weather.  Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - Limit 12
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
8:10 AM, south parking lot of Lincoln Park for 8:25 ferry from Fauntleroy

We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry! There should be Brant, Rhino Auklets and Common Murre on the way over.  We'll bird a little at the dock on the Vashon side. Often in late winter/early spring a few Harlequin Ducks hang out there at high tide (about the time of the ferry arrival). We’ll also likely to find a variety of other ducks, Common Loon, all three cormorant species and perhaps an Eared Grebe.  Next we’ll probably go to Tramp Harbor to get an Eared Grebe for sure plus a wider variety of loons, grebes and ducks.  Depending on time and the birds, we might go on to Quartermaster Harbor or to Fisher Pond, which has Wood and Ring-necked Ducks. Costs: $9 each plus a share of $14.65 car and driver ticket. If we organize to buy a Wave2Go pass (10 passenger/walk-on tickets for $39.70) we will each save a $1.
 

Saturday, March 3, 2012 - Limit 11
Boundary Bay and Reifel Refuge
Leader:  Vicki King
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Today's destination is Reifel Refuge at the mouth of the Fraser River, near Ladner BC.  Reifel provides winter habitat for raptors, owls, waterfowl, shorebirds, sparrows, and many other species.  We'll stop en route at Boundary Bay to look for owls.  You MUST bring a passport or an enhanced driver's license for the border crossing - no exceptions. Also bring $3 for admission at Reifel, lunch, beverages, and snacks and dress for the weather. Scopes are welcome.  Expect several miles of walking on level paths.  Return to Seattle by 8:00 p.m.  Please note:  severe weather will cancel the trip.  Carpool cost: $75.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, March 3, 2012 - Limit 10
Spencer Island
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Scott Ramos
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Spencer Island is one of the best places in the Snohomish River Estuary to view waterfowl and shorebirds, with a wetland mix of freshwater from the river and saltwater from Gardner Bay. There is also some woodland habitat, and the nearby Everett Water Treatment sewage ponds. Bring scopes if you have them, be ready for about 4 miles of walking on flat but possibly muddy paths. Dress in layers for the weather. Drivers should bring a Discovery Pass. Carpool cost $20 per car shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - Limit 15
Camano Island
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
8:30 AM, Stanwood QFC

Visit Camano Island and Stanwood hotspots (to be determined by leaders). Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs, cropland, and forested hillsides.  We’ll walk about a mile on easy terrain.  Bring boots, lunch and liquids.  Scopes a plus.  Over mid-afternoon. Drivers should have a Discovery Pass. Carpool cost from Ravenna: $28 shared equally by riders.
 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian Bell
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

We will explore the north end of the island and work our way south looking for loons, grebes and alcids and paying attention to small passerines. We'll scope Swantown and Crockett Lake for shorebirds, and keep our eyes out for falcons and harriers. We'll always look for ducks. Scopes most helpful. Take lunch, fluids, dress for any weather. Bring money for ferry. Back late afternoon. Carpool costs: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - Limit 9
Kitsap Peninsula
Leaders: Jim Owens, Paula Crockett, Christina Doherty
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R (in order to catch the 7:50 am Edmonds/Kingston ferry)

The trip will focus primarily on seabirds and cover Point No-Point, Port Gamble, Salisbury County Park, possibly Port Ludlow, Fort Flagler, the Point Wilson Lighthouse and possibly Kah Tai Lagoon.  We will return via the 5:30 p.m. ferry from Kingston. Participants should plan on bringing lunch, snacks and drinks, and dress for cold, wet and windy weather.  Scopes will be handy but not required. Drivers should have a Discovery Pass for Fort Flagler.  Gas and ferry costs totaling approximately $80.00 will be shared equally among passengers of each car.
 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - Limit 11
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp
6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or meet Shep at 8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center Pond Overlook

Join Refuge volunteer for weekday trip to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, where wintering waterfowl in breeding plumage should be abundant, a few swallow species will have recently arrived, and the search for Great Horned Owl and young will be on.  There will be a High 13’10” Tide at 9:27 a.m.  Bring rain gear and lunch, depending on the weather and the birding we could finish between 1 and 3 p.m. Birders can easily depart early if they are unable to stay for the entire walk. Please indicate at time of signup where you will meet the group. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.

 

Friday, March 16, 2012 - Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, Meet in north parking lot near Tennis court

Canvasback, Ring-necked Ducks, American Wigeon, and Goldeneyes seek protected waters.  Fox Sparrows, Bald Eagles and four species of grebe are possibilities.  Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot-gear is needed. Back by noon.
 

Saturday, March 17, 2012 – Limit 11 (3 cars)
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:15 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Take a ride on the West Side!  Explore the Northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  Visit birding hot spots like Salsbury Point County Park, Oak Bay, Mystic Bay, and Ft Flagler State Park.  See historic Nordland and Pt Wilson.  Expect a diversity of bird families, raptors, shorebirds, alcids, water fowl, and passerines.  We'll catch the 7:10 a.m. Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, bird the day away, and return in the late afternoon.  Dress for inclement weather, hope for sun, expect a good time.  Bring a lunch, binoculars, scopes, money for the ferry (approximately $9/person) and carpool costs, and a spirit of adventure.  Drivers need a current Discover Pass.  Carpool cost: $18.75 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, March 18, 2012 – Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
7:30 AM,  Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning/intermediate birders.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible; usually more than 40 species.  At this time of the year, the Fill offers early migrants, native sparrows, raptors and waterfowl, and often a nice surprise as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but muddy ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the wintry elements.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by 11:30 a.m.
 

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - Limit OPEN
Bainbridge Island Circumnavigation
Leader: George Gerdts
9:45 AM, Winslow City Dock, over by 1:30 PM

Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island on board “The Admiral Pete” - an 80 foot Catamaran – for a fascinating wildlife tour clockwise around Bainbridge Island. George Gerdts will be the naturalist on board. A PA system allows the announcement of wildlife sightings throughout the vessel. Expect to see three species of cormorants; various sea ducks, including Long-tailed Ducks; rocky-shore sandpipers; several species of alcids; a Bald Eagle or two; and various marine mammals such as Harbor Seals, California and Steller’s Sea Lions, and if we are lucky some porpoises. Expect great scenery and a unique, close-up view of the Bainbridge Island shoreline.

Sign-up: The cost is $65. Participants can call the Bainbridge Parks Office during business hours (9:00-5:00, Monday-Friday) and sign-up using a credit card.   Seattle Audubon will receive 20% donation for each registration – PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS A SEATTLE AUDUBON MEMBER WHEN REGISTERING.
 

Saturday, March 31-Sunday, April 1, 2012- Limit 10
Waterville Plateau Sage Grouse Lek
Leaders: MaryFrances Mathis and Phyllis Moss
6:30 AM,  Issaquah P&R, Tibbets Lot

Saturday, we'll bird our way through Kittitas and Grant counties, looking for early spring migrants (Sage Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, White-throated Swift, et al.), waterfowl and winter birds.  We'll spend the night in Pateros, along the Columbia River in Okanogan County.  Early Sunday morning, our first stop will be at the Leahy Junction Greater Sage-Grouse lek site, where we hope to have good views of males displaying their spectacular white chests and spiky tails to impress the seemingly disinterested females.  After viewing the Sage Grouse, we'll bird more on the Waterville Plateau, looking for Snow Buntings, Gray Partridge, and other species, before we head back to Seattle.  Dress for the weather. Scopes are a definite plus, as the grouse will be far out in the fields. Drivers need a current Discover Pass. Participants are required to make and guarantee hotel reservations in advance. Leaders will provide lodging information and more trip details after sign-up.  Bring fluids, snacks and lunches for both days. Carpool cost: $135, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - Limit 11
Old Vantage Hwy – Ginkgo State Park - Columbia River - Wanapum State Park
Leader: Carl Haynie
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbet’s Lot

We will spend the day birding shrub-steppe and open habitats between Kittitas and Vantage and brushy areas in Ginkgo and Wanapum SP for migrants.  Expect to find Sage, Brewer’s, and Vesper Sparrows, Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, and Loggerhead Shrike. Prairie Falcon and Chukar possible.  We'll also bird along the Columbia River for lingering water birds and any surprises. Dress for the weather, bring lunch, fluids and a scope, if you have one.  Drivers need a current Discover Pass. Back late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Cost: $68 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - Limit 8           
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy & Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Limit 10
Columbia Slope, Birder’s Corner, Othello and the Potholes
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Jim Owens
6:00 AM, southwest corner of the Issaquah Transit Center's first floor

During a long day in the field, we'll bird on the Columbia Slope and in the Pot¬holes region with multiple stops, including the Quilomene Wildlife Area and Birder’s Corner. We’ll look for Sandhill Cranes, Black-necked Stilts, Burrowing Owls, and returning waterfowl and shorebirds. Bring appropriate clothing – comfortable shoes, adequate layers, and at least a wind breaker. Also bring plenty of snacks, lunch, and money for dinner en route home because we'll be back late evening. Driver will need a Discovery Pass. Carpool Cost: $100 per car shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - Limit 8 families per session
Pillings Pond, North Seattle
Birdathon Donation: $15 per family
Leader: Shawn Cantrell
Session 1: 9:30 AM
Session 2: 11:00 AM
Corner N 90th St and Wallingford Ave N

This trip is ideal for the pre-school set! Toddlers will see and touch real bird skins of local species they may encounter in their neighborhood. The group will then take a short (1 block) walk to see up-close a variety of native and exotic birds that call Pillings Pond home. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes and is led by a knowledgeable naturalist (and parent). Appropriate for ages 3 through 6, accompanied by a parent / caregiver.
 

Friday, April 27, 2012 - Limit 12
Union Bay Natural Area, Seattle
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Adam Sedgley
7:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture Parking Lot

Join Adam Sedgley, Science Manager, for a pleasant stroll through Union Bay Natural Area (aka Montlake Fill). A variety of habitats can produce a surprisingly plump species list, from migrating passerines in the mature cottonwoods, to singing Savannah Sparrows in the grasslands, to shorebirds, rails and herons in wetlands, and lingering waterfowl in the open freshwater. An ideal opportunity to tune your ears for the increasing songs of spring! We will walk about 1 mile on flat trails, finishing at about 10:00 a.m.
 

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - Limit 6 (2 cars)
King County Big Day
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Michael Hobbs and Matt Bartels
5:30 AM, Marymoor Park near the Clise Mansion

We will start with the sunrise at Marymoor, and then move around the county birding at a fast pace until sunset. Participants should log more than 100 species, but the emphasis is on having fun. Bring food and drink, and dress for weather and fast walking. Contact leaders for info on pre-trip owling. Carpool cost: $40.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - Limit 12
Discovery Park, Seattle
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Adam Sedgley
7:00 AM, Discovery Park South Parking Lot

Join Adam Sedgley, Science Manager, for a beautiful urban hike through Discovery Park where you will try to find birds in a variety of habitats. We will scour the brambles for finches and sparrows, keep an eye out for soaring hawks, and keep an ear out for woodpeckers. We will also scan the water at West Point and the north beach for any lingering wintering waterfowl or gulls, and hike back up through the decid¬uous and mature conifer forests, keeping our ears and eyes open for creepers, wrens, kinglets, warblers, and tanagers. We will walk about five miles total on mostly wide and flat trails, with some steep, uneven trails down to West Point.
 

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, small parking lot at the corner of NE 65th St and 62nd Ave NE (Bus #30 or #75)

This will be a half-day trip to see how many bird species, as well as bird nests, we can tally in the park. Be prepared to walk up hill and down, looking and listening for woodland songsters, as well as to walk along the shore¬line to see what ducks are lingering in town. A few migrant songbirds, such as swallows and Savannah Sparrows, should be back. We'll be hoping for a total of 40-50 species. Children accompanied by adult welcome.
 

Monday, April 30, 2012 - Limit 7 (2 cars)
Three Forks Natural Area
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Sharon Aagaard
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot (across street from multi-story P&R building)

The Three Forks Natural Area is situ¬ated at the confluence of the Snoqualmie River's three forks, and includes over five miles of diverse riverfront habitat. We’re likely to see mergansers, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, swallows, kinglets, war¬blers, raptors, and, hopefully, a few migrant surprises! This is a walking and birding trip; we’ll walk 3-4 miles. Bring layers, snacks, liquids, binoculars, and waterproof foot wear (it can be VERY muddy). Carpool cost: $8 per car and is divided among passengers (driver does not pay).
 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

Whidbey Island is good at any time of year. We will be looking for return¬ing passerines and shorebirds passing through on their way north. We'll also scope out remaining waterfowl and watch for raptors. Scopes will be helpful. Bring lunch, fluids, money for ferry and a Discovery Pass if you have one. Dress for most any weather. We'll return early evening. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, May 6 - Limit 7
Teanaway to Blewett, overnight trip
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will explore the Teanaway basin from Cle Elum to Esmeralda, as well as side roads in the Blewett area. Migrants will have arrived, including warblers and vireos. We'll look for Lazuli Bunting, woodpeckers and raptors. Camping at the free, rustic Teanaway Campground-- bring your camping gear and supplies. Return Sunday evening. Carpool cost: $48 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - Limit 11
Urban Neighborhood walk (Wedgwood neighborhood and Beyond)
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader: Matt Mega
10:00 AM, Seattle Audubon Offices

Geared toward beginning birders, this neighborhood walk will explore the con¬nections between birds and urban habitat. We will start in the classroom for a brief discussion about the basics of beginning birding, and then head out to a few key spots in and around Wedgwood. Highlights from previous years include watching Bushtits build their nest, Caspian Terns at Magnuson Park, and the famous Victory Heights Merlin pair. We should end by 2:00 p.m. A few carpool volunteers will be needed for less than 5 miles of driving.
 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012  - Limit 7 (2 cars)
Umtanum Creek Falls and Wenas Campground
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Sharon Aagaard
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbetts Lot (across street from multi-story P&R building)

Birding by car from I-90 Thorp Rd Exit 101, we’ll drive and bird along the farm fields and Umtanum Road, stopping at Umtanum Creek Falls (1-mile walk) and the Wenas Campground (4-mile walk). In addition to raptors, warblers, flycatchers and vireos, we hope to see/hear: White-headed Woodpecker, Long-billed Curlew, Great Horned Owl, nuthatches, bluebirds, and various sparrows. We’ll walk 5+ miles, so this trip is geared for bird¬ers who like to combine walking with birding. Dress in layers, wear comfortable hiking/walking shoes, and bring lots of liquids, lunch and snacks. Carpool cost: $77 per car and is divided among passengers (driver does not pay).
 

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - Limit 15 (including children) per trip
Family-Friendly FUN Walks at Magnuson Park
Birdathon Donation: $5 per person, $15 per 4-person family
Leader: Naturalists
Session 1: 10:30 AM
Session 2: 1:00 PM
Location: Walk details will be provided once participants have registered.

Come hone your observation skills, learn why a bird has a bill, act like a raptor, and come get your birding fill. Scavenger hunts and activities galore, will surely make you want to explore some more! Family- Friendly FUN Walks will be led by an experienced naturalist and are appropri¬ate for ages 6 and up. Sign up for either time; each walk is one hour in length. These walks are a part of the Interna¬tional Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Magnuson Park, from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. There will be plenty of free activities for adults and families. Be sure to stop by before or after the walks!
 

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - Limit 15
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Birdathon Donation: $50
Special Guest Leader: Dennis Paulson
8:00 AM, small parking lot at the corner of NE 65th St and 62nd Ave NE (Bus #30 or #75)

Join one of the premier bird experts in the Pacific Northwest on a walk through Magnuson Park looking and listening for Spring migrants. Dr. Paulson is the enormously popular lead instructor for the Master Birder program and will share his insights how to identify local birds in the urban environment as he leads a morning search for avian species.
 

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - Limit of 14 (four or fewer cars)
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leaders: Ed Deal, and Martin Muller
8:00 AM, across from Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a scope too, if possible. Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Limit 11
Central Kittitas Shrub-steppe and Canyons
Leader: Mark Johnston
6:30 AM, Issaquah Park & Ride (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We’ll spend the day birding Yakima and Umtanum Canyons and make a foray into upland shrub-steppe habitat.  With spring migration well underway, we expect to encounter a good mix of species typical of the excellent mix of habitats the area offers.  Bring a lunch, liquids, and money for a restaurant stop on return.  Dress for the weather; scopes helpful.  Carpool cost: $55.00, shared equally by riders.  Return by late afternoon.
 

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - Limit 7 in 3 vehicles
Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and Environs
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Starbucks on west side of I-5, Exit
119 (I-5 exit #119 Steilacoom-Dupont exit. Turn west/right from exit; turn right at light, and right at next road.)

Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a defacto wildlife refuge. Places visited depend on areas that are open due to troop training. May visit areas near JBLM, also. Some walking. Everyone must have either a state or US photo ID to get on base (state driver license preferred to get Range Control pass). Drivers MUST have current proof of insurance, driver license, and vehicle registration (no exceptions allowed at JBLM). Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus. Return late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $6.00, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - Limit 6 in 2 vehicles
Birding the Tradition Plateau
Leaders: Scott Ramos & Sue Yates
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We'll spend several hours birding the extraordinary mix of habitats at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah. We'll focus on finding birds by their vocalizations and see if we can locate any nesting birds. This is a good time of year for a variety of breeding passerines, including warblers, vireos and flycatchers. We will walk 4-5 miles on mostly flat and moderately steep trails. If time and energy permit, we may also explore the trails at Snoqualmie Point, near Preston. Bring snacks/lunch and adequate fluids. Back mid-afternoon. Drivers need Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $15.00, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - Limit 12 in a maximum of 4 vehicles
Peregrine Falcons – The Breeding Season In Urban & Natural Sites
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal Calls day of trip only.
7:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge – North end)

Join us for a full-day viewing (hopefully successful) Peregrine Falcon breeding pairs and their young. We’ll spend the morning in the Cascades along I-90 and the afternoon in Seattle. This exploration will cover how to view nest sites without disturbing the residents, nest site selection, territorial defense, growth, fledging and dispersal of young. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available.  Bring a lunch and latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Discovery Passes useful. Carpool cost: $30.00, shared equally by riders. Over no later than 4:00 p.m.
 

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - Limit 11
Robinson Canyon
Leader: Mark Johnston
5:30 AM, Issaquah Park & Ride (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

Located on the east slope of the Cascades, Robinson Canyon is an absolute gem. Its highly diverse habitats provide excellent birding in a wonderful setting. We'll spend approximately 5 hours in the canyon walking up to 5 miles over very uneven ground and including tricky stream crossings. Bring lunch, liquids, and money for a restaurant stop on return. Carpool cost $45.00, shared equally by riders. Back by late afternoon.
 

Sunday, June 10
Protection Island
Leader: George Gerdts
10:00 AM, From City Dock in Port Townsend
Cost: $75.00 (20% donation to SAS for Audubon members)


Cruise in comfort to PROTECTION ISLAND, with George Gerdts as leader/naturalist.  The “Glacier Spirit” is a comfortable, diesel-powered yacht.  It has a P.A. system which allows announced sightings to be heard from both inside and outside the ship.  There is excellent viewing from inside the craft and ample viewing space outside on the front deck. Protection Island is a 400 acre National Wildlife Refuge at the entrance to Discovery Bay. It is a very special place, indeed—over 70% of the marine birds which nest in Puget Sound make Protection Island their breeding ground. Some 6000 pairs of Glaucous-winged Gulls, 22,000 pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets, thousands of Pigeon Guillemots, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, and a few pairs of Black Oystercatchers nest on the island.  One of the main attractions is the nesting colony of the outrageous TUFTED PUFFIN —- some 20-30 pairs nest in the bluffs.  The concentrations of birds can be truly spectacular.  Harbor Seals use the remote and protected site as a major haul-out area.  Other marine mammal sightings are also possible.  We expect to get good looks at all the nesting birds, plus a Bald Eagle or two, and, of course, great scenery.

Cost is $75.00/participant. Audubon members will have 20% of the trip cost ($15.00) donated to SAS. The Glacier Spirit leaves from Port Townsend at 10:00 a.m. sharp and returns between 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Coffee and snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch and dress in appropriate layers.  The Strait can be very cool, even in June.
 

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - Limit 8
Birding by Ear for Beginners, at Discovery Park
Leader: Rachel Lawson)
6:30 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at E entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 2-4 hour walk around the 3-mile Loop Trail, listening for the songs and calls of the birds that nest in the park.  The emphasis will be on learning how to identify these vocalizations, but we’ll also work on basic identification skills and talk about bird behavior.  Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks.
 

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - Limit 10
Bike and Bird Lake Washington’s Hotspots
Leader: Sam Woods
7:00 AM, Seward Park main entrance parking lot (by tennis courts)

Burn calories, not gasoline, and explore Lake Washington’s fabulous habitats and views. The Olmsted brothers’ legacy has provided birds with a green corridor for migrating through Seattle. We will bird Seward Park, Genesee Park, Colman Park, Madrona Park, the Arboretum, Foster Island, and time permitting, the Montlake Fill. The route is nearly level and approximately 20 miles. Bring bike, helmet, binoculars, snacks and dress for the weather. Back by 4:00 p.m.
 

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - Limit 12
Big Four Area, Granite Falls
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or meet at Big Four Ice Caves Parking lot, 8:00 AM.

The Big 4 area lies along the Stillaguamish River east of Granite Falls. Spring mountain birding is at its best here. The trail takes you on a boardwalk across a fresh water marsh (expect to see Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Flycatchers, Warblers), across a bridge over the south fork of the Stillaguamish River (look for Dippers, Common Merganser, Harlequin Ducks and Spotted Sandpiper), into the forest (Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Western-Wood Pewees and Varied Thrushes are common) and eventually to a huge cirque that ends at a lookout area (we’ll plan to eat lunch here). Drivers will need a U. S. Forest Service trailhead parking day pass (at REI any NP office or national forest office) or a Golden Age Pass. Bring lunch and wear hiking boots and expect to walk a leisurely 2 miles round trip, 200’ gain. Trip will be over in afternoon. Carpool cost of $35 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - Limit 12
Washington Park Arboretum Walk
Leaders: Janine Anderson and Miriam Gray)
8:00 AM, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle

This walk will feature the flora and fauna of the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum in midsummer, including seasonal highlights, native plants, habitat-worthy selections, and the wilder areas of Duck Bay and Foster Island.  Possible birds include: nesting Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, Wood Ducks, and woodland birds.  Janine is a landscape designer and Certified Professional Horticulturist who has been an Arboretum guide for over 10 years.  Scopes useful.  Over by noon.
 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - Limit 11
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp
5:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or meet Shep at 7:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center Pond Overlook

Join Refuge volunteer for weekday trip to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  We will start at the Refuge Visitor Center, and walk 2-4 miles along the Twin Barns Loop Trail, Nisqually Estuary Trail, and the Estuary Boardwalk Trail.  There will be a High 9’3” Tide at 11:23am, which will help to push shorebirds in towards the new dike and boardwalk.  The new dike will provide an opportunity for us to observe both the fresh water marsh for juvenile waterfowl like Cinnamon Teal and the estuary mud flats for early arriving autumn migrating shorebirds like Western Sandpiper.  The restored estuary from the new boardwalk will provide opportunities to observe shorebirds, wading birds, aerial waterbirds, and birds of prey like nesting Bald Eagles.  We will explore the riparian woodlands for Willow Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo and Band-tailed Pigeon.  Bring rain gear and lunch, we will finish at 1 p.m. Please indicate at time of signup where you will meet the group, as Shep will meet you at Nisqually. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Limit 7 in 2 cars
Iron Bear Peak (Kittitas County)
Leader: Scott Ramos
5:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
Hike the dry side of the Cascades, at the end of FS 9714, through open pine forest and riparian habitats to a mountaintop viewpoint in the Teanaway/Blewett Pass region. This is a great hike to practice your birding by ear skills, as you are constantly taunted by invisible vireos, warblers and flycatchers. With luck perhaps a Williamson’s Sapsucker or Mountain Bluebird. Besides all the lower montane species, we may find Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Lazuli Buntings — maybe even a Goshawk. Return late afternoon or early evening. We will hike about 7 miles round trip, with elevation gain of 1600 ft, topping out at 5500 ft. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack and lunch, plus a minimum of 2 liters of water. Drivers need to bring Northwest Forest Pass. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Limit 12
Edmonds Pier and Edmonds Marsh
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Lake Forest Park Shopping Center (in front of Rite-Aid at 17171 Bothell Way NE # A150)
or 9:20 AM, Edmonds Marsh parking area

This is a slow time of year, and could be warm; let's check out what's in the salt water off Edmonds and what's poking around in the marsh nearby. Birds to hope for: Killdeer, Heermann's Gull, Rhinoceros Auklet, Marsh Wren. Expect mostly level walking, with possibility of paved walking on a slope as time permits. Dress for sea and sun. Bring water and snacks. Over early afternoon. Carpool Costs: $8.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 4, 2012 - Limit 12      
Mowich Lake to Spray Park, Mt. Rainier NP
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

A moderately strenuous hike of 7 miles and an elevation gain of 800 feet passes through the old growth forest to the sub-alpine zone. Our focus is flowers, which are blooming from the forest to the meadows. Expect a wide variety of flowers in the various micro and macro habitats along the trail. Expect to see between 30-50 flowering plants. Look on the birds seen as a bonus because they are in a post-breeding dispersal and pre-migration so are very quiet. On sunny days the views of Mt Rainier are spectacular and the side trip to Spray Falls is beautiful. Return late afternoon or early evening. Lunch on the trail and prepare for mountainous weather. If you have a National Park Pass please bring it. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, N Jackson Park P&R

We'll be exploring Whidbey for returning shorebirds, remaining waterfowl, and songbirds. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes are very helpful. We will return about 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Limit 7
Mount Rainier, Sunrise – high-elevation birds and a hike
Leader: Evan Houston
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (uncovered Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We should see some high-elevation birds and beautiful scenery on this outing.  Our species count may include a treat or two such as Rosy-Finch or Ptarmigan.  Weather-permitting, we’ll most likely hike the Burroughs Mountain Loop, a hike of 7 miles with around a thousand feet of elevation gain, all at high elevation. You should be in good physical condition for this outing and able and willing to partake on a strenuous hike (with lots of stops for wildlife and scenery!).  Bring binoculars, lunch (we’ll picnic on the trail), and multiple layers of clothing to be prepared for unpredictable high-elevation weather.   Back by about  6:30-7 p.m. If you have a national park pass, please bring it. Carpool cost $44.00 + $15 per car for park entrance fee, shared equally by riders.
 

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - Limit 12 
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park

August is typically an iffy month for seeing birds, but we will see lots of feeding activity at the parks peapatch that include American Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Rufous and Anna's Hummingbirds. Down at the wetlands, we will find Bald Eagles, Great-blue Heron, and Willow Flycatcher. This easy walk through the park will take about three hours.
 

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Limit 12
Nisqually NWR
Leaders:  Jan Bragg and Pam Cahn
9:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Join us for lots of walking over fairly level trails or boardwalk.  Bring a National Parks Pass or $3 for the daily fee.  Weather conditions will determine if we stay mostly in the shade or wander out into the open areas; be prepared for sun or shade.  We will be happy to see what flycatchers and swallows are lingering; species to dream for will be American Bittern and Wood Duck. Carpool cost $30 per car plus $3 entrance fee. 
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 – Limit 11 (3 cars)
Gray's Harbor County
Leader: Brian Bell
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will explore the best shore areas of Grays Harbor County depending on what has been seen. This could include the Ocean Shores area, the Westport area, Bottle Beach, Midway Beach or Tokeland. Southbound shorebird migration will be in full swing and almost anything could show up. Seabirds will also be present. Come prepared for changing weather. Bring scopes if possible, bring lunch and fluids. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $80 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, August 26, 2012 – Limit 12
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Jim Owens
8:00 AM, Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center/Visitor Center parking lot at East entrance of Government Way

While August may not be the “birdiest” month, Discovery Park is one of the best places in Seattle to find the birds that are here. We’ll walk about 3-4 miles on moderate trails up and downhill through a diversity of habitats: woodlands, meadows, down to the beach, past a small freshwater lake, up the bluff and back. We’ll expect to see a selection of our common resident birds, and some of the recently fledged young, in environments typical of lots of places around Seattle.  Newer birders are welcome. This is the perfect opportunity to feel comfortable identifying Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, and American Goldfinches! Wear suitable walking shoes and bring water and snacks. Expect to be back at the Visitor Center by about noon. No cost.
 

Saturday, September 8, 2012 – Limit 9
Sunrise, Mt. Rainier Hike and bird
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Amy Schuman
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (uncovered Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

We will have a beautiful hike at high elevation, with superb views of Mt. Rainier (weather permitting). We will hike out to the Fremont lookout and back to hike up Burroughs Mountain, which is about 7 miles with over 1,000 feet of elevation gain, starting at over 6500 feet. It is a strenuous hike and participants should be prepared with good hiking shoes, layers of clothing for possible weather changes, a packed lunch and fluids. We hope to see higher-elevation birds, and if we are lucky (about a 10-15% chance) we could see Pine Grosbeaks, Gray-crowned Rosy-finches, or White-tailed Ptarmigan. Bring binoculars (but not scopes) and a National Park Pass if you have one. Back by about 6:30-7 p.m. Carpool cost $44.00 + $15 per car for park entrance fee, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Limit 10
Hike and bird near Blewett Pass
Leaders: Dave Swayne and Gary Kelsberg
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbett’s Lot

We’ll plan to park near Blewett Pass and hike the Kittitas/Chelan county line trail (TR 1226) to the top of Miller Peak. Hike distance, 9 miles; elevation gain, 2000 feet, strenuous - final destination will depend on the weather and our energy levels as the day progresses (some could decide to go less far and wait for the others on the way back).  Besides other montane species we may still find Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Lazuli Buntings - and hopefully raptor migration will offer up a few accipiters, maybe even a Goshawk.  Return late afternoon or early evening.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack, lunch, and a minimum of 2 liters of water. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Limit 11 (3 cars, 4/car)
Ellensburg for birds and early fall colors (maybe)
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts-uncovered lot south of covered lot)

Fall migrants should be starting to return, including shorebirds and raptors. Summer residents like blue birds may still be found; resident birds such as golden eagles, great horned owls, and grey partridge are possible. Fall colors like vine maple and aspen will be a bonus. Scopes and cameras welcome. Bring lunch; we'll return between 5-6 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - Limit 8
On the Duwamish  
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:15 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Targeted at beginning birders, but all welcome.  Explore the Duwamish River, Turning Basin #3, Hamm Creek, and Puget Park with Denis. You never know what might turn up. Binoculars essential; bring your scope if you have one. Over by noon, but bring a lunch if you want to explore further.  Carpool Cost: $5.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - Limit 10
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will explore the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, walking the available trails and the new boardwalk. The tidal estuary has been restored and the boardwalk provides a unique opportunity to view over 700 acres of wetlands. Expect to see a variety of estuarine waterfowl, as well as passerines and raptors. Scopes will be very helpful. Walking is on flat trails but we will cover at least 5 miles. Bring appropriate foot wear and rain gear, plus snacks and lunch. Depending on the weather and the birding we should finish up mid-afternoon. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders. Bring a National Parks Pass or $3 for the daily fee.
 

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy & Arn Slettebak
7:30 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail. We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds. Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks. Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Emily Bishton
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter at the west edge of the E-1 parking lot (boat launch), next to little drive-in road.

This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approx. 3 hrs spotting year-round resident birds and arriving winter migrants from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, and Wetlands Complex, keeping our eyes out for Pacific Chorus Frogs too!  Be prepared for 2-3 miles of walking, uphill and down. If you wish to borrow binoculars, make sure to request them when you register.
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - Limit 11
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp

6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Join Refuge volunteer for weekday trip to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  We will start at the Refuge Visitor Center, and walk 4 miles along the Twin Barns Loop Trail, Nisqually Estuary Trail, and the Estuary Boardwalk Trail.  There will be a High 12’1” Tide at 2:13pm, which will help to push shorebirds and waterfowl in towards the new dike and boardwalk.  Bring rain gear and lunch, we will return to Green Lake P&R by 5 p.m. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
Bainbridge Island to Point No Point
Leaders: George Gerdts and Mary Anne Rossing
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R to form a carpool and take the 7:55 AM Bainbridge Island Ferry and meet leaders at the Safeway Parking Lot, about 1 mile from the Ferry Terminal.

Join George Gerdts and Mary Anne Rossing for a day of birding on Bainbridge Island.  Weather dependent, we will wind up at Point No Point.  Take the 07:55 a.m. ferry to Bainbridge Island. Mary Anne and George will meet you at the Safeway parking lot off High School Road, about 1 mile from the Ferry Terminal.  Directions: Drive off the ferry onto SR 305.  Go through the light at Winslow Way, continue on SR 305 for one mile, turn left (west) on High School Road (light at intersection).  There is also a Chevron Station on the SW corner.  Turn into the parking lot for Safeway, we will be waiting for the carpool.  We will have the group back at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal in time to catch the 4:35 p.m. ferry back to Seattle. We'll be looking for any late shorebirds, jaegers, late passerine migrants, and returning waterfowl (including loons and alcids). Scopes helpful. Bring a lunch and dress in layers in case of inclement weather.  Walking from the cars up to a mile on level ground. Carpool costs: $15 shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry).
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - Limit 11 in 2 cars
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Lee Barnes
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Nisqually is returning to the time of the  pre-European invasion of the NW.  Come witness this transformation to a tidal estuary.  Walk the 1.5 miles to the end of the boardwalk (Hunting season may close the final 1/4 mile of the boardwalk for safety concerns.) Gulls, ducks, raptors, shorebirds, and winter sparrow migrants are the usual species seen. In past years, an American Bittern has stalked the boardwalk just beyond arms length.  Compare Cackling to Canada geese, if you can find the Canadas.  Dress for the weather (boots and rain parka and pants), bring lunch.  Scopes are a plus. Return in the early to mid afternoon. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders. Bring a National Parks Pass or $3 for the daily fee.
 

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - Limit 10
West Seattle
Leader: Penny Rose
8:00 AM, West Seattle Water Taxi parking lot (Seacrest Dock, 1660 Harbor Avenue SW)

Come explore the West Seattle Waterfront in search of wintering and resident species.  We'll comb the shoreline for turnstones, the open water for sea ducks, and the forests for residents such as woodpeckers. We’ll carpool to several spots. Dress for the weather; bring liquids and snacks if you like.  Scopes helpful.  Back by early afternoon. Carpool cost $2 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - Limit 11
Spencer Island Park
Leader: Carl Haynie
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Spencer Island Park and the adjoining Everett Treatment Ponds offer an excellent assortment of habitats where we'll look for fall ducks, raptors, shorebirds, gulls and late migrant passerines.  Expect to walk 3-4 miles at a leisurely pace. Bring a scope if you have one. Bring appropriate footwear and rain gear, plus snacks/lunch. Over by mid-afternoon. Carpool cost: $15 shared equally between riders.
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - Limit - 14 (in 4 or fewer vehicles)
Seattle's Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Carpool costs $4 per person. Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - Limit 11
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center

Join us for a weekday trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, where there should be many Bald Eagles and a good variety of breeding plumage waterfowl to observe. There will be a falling high tide in the morning with a low 7’4” tide at 11:11am for potential shorebirds in the flooded fields; and a rising high 12’8” tide at 3:46 p.m. while we’re on the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk and Nisqually Estuary, new dike, Trail. Scopes will be very helpful. Bring rain gear and lunch, depending on the weather and the birding we could finish up between 2 p.m - 3 p.m. It's easy for participants to depart early if they are unable to stay. Hunting season is from mid October to the end of January so we may hear gun shot, but many birds find sanctuary within the protected refuge boundaries. Please indicate at time of sign up where you will meet the group. Carpool cost from Ravenna: $30.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Friday, November 30, 2012 - Limit 11, (in three cars)
Samish Flats and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:30 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

Our wintering raptors will be back, so we will be looking for eagles, hawks, falcons, accipiters and possibly Short-eared Owls. We'll also watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, small passerines and if we're lucky Northern Shrike. Scopes very helpful. All experience levels welcome. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids, and a Washington State Discover Pass if you have one. Back late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and liquids; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by late afternoon. Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning/intermediate birders. We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible; usually more than 40 species. At this time of the year the Fill offers wintering water- and songbirds, raptors, and the Fill often produces a nice surprise as well. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but muddy ground. Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the wintry elements. Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village. . Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one). Over by noon.
 

Wednesday, December 5 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Paul and Barbara Webster
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Late fall is an excellent time to explore the varied habitats of Whidbey Island. We'll look for seabirds, ducks, raptors, and forest birds. Bring lunch & snacks, money for the ferry and dress for weather.  Scopes & 2-way radios a plus.   Back by early evening.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass.
 

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Limit 10
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

A perfect trip for coffee drinkers: chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes. Dress for blustery weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, December 8, 2012 – Limit 10, in three cars
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor, Boundary Bay
Leaders: Jim Owens and Scott Ramos
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Mid-December is a good time to look for loons, Brant, diving ducks, alcids, and possibly a Short-eared Owl. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo and Drayton Harbor, check out the Blaine Marina and head across the border to scan the shoreline of Boundary Bay. You must have a passport or enhanced driver's license for the border crossing and drivers will need a Discovery Pass for Birch Bay S.P.. Dress for cold weather, bring lunch and snacks; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Costs: $70 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, December 9, 2012 – Limit 11
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Cara Borre, Julie Monahan, and Mary Russell
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:00 AM Nisqually Refuge Visitor’s Center

Come explore the beautiful Nisqually Wildlife Refuge with us! All levels of birders are welcome for this 4 mile level walk (accommodations can be made for those who do not want to walk this far). There should be something for everyone on this trip including a variety of waterfowl in breeding plumage, Bald Eagles and other raptors, herons, passerines and perhaps even shorebirds. We will explore the tidal estuary on the boardwalk along with forested trails and marshes. Scopes helpful. Dress in layers and bring rain gear along with a lunch. Depending upon the weather, we should finish our walk between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Carpool cost from Ravenna: $27.50 shared equally among riders.

 

Sunday, December 16, 2012 – Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, north parking lot of Luther Burbank Park

We will be looking for various species including Fox Sparrows, grebes and wintering ducks on the lake.   Dress for the weather; bring liquids and snacks if you like.  Over by noon. 
 

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Saturday, January 5, 2013 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

Come see what birds are visiting the park in the new year.  We'll be looking for sparrows in the woods, ducks on the lake and gulls on the raft.  We'll be listening to any bird brave enough to sing.  And we'll be hoping for a raptor.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Expect to walk uphill and down, around the wetlands and along the lake shoreline.  You'll need footwear which can get wet and/or muddy.  Over by early afternoon.
 

Saturday, January 5, 2013 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Skagit Flats and Samish Bay
Leader:  Vicki King
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Get your birding year off to a great start as we look for eagles, hawks, falcons, swans, snow geese, shorebirds and more in the Skagit Valley.  While we may get lucky with the weather, please dress for cold, wet and windy conditions.  Bring lunch, snacks, liquids and optimism.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  Scopes welcome.  We'll return in the early evening. Carpool cost:  $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Leader: Lee Barnes
7:15 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Take a ride on the West Side!  Explore the Northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  Visit birding hot spots like Salisbury Park, Oak Bay, Mystic Bay, and Ft Flagler State Park.  See historic Nordland and Pt Wilson.  Expect a diversity of bird families, raptors, shorebirds, alcids, water fowl, and wintering passerines.  We'll catch the 7:55 a.m. Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, bird the day away, and return in the late afternoon.  Dress for inclement weather, hope for sun, expect a good time.  Bring a lunch, binoculars, scopes, money for the ferry (approximately $9/person) and carpool costs, and a spirit of adventure.  Carpool cost: $18.75 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 12, 2013 – Limit 8
Bird Photography - Magnuson Park
Leaders: Doug Schurman and Eric Harlow
8:00 AM, Magnuson Park and Ride Lot (NE Corner) on 65th

The focus of this trip will be to spend time observing bird behavior and try to get some good photos. This will be unlike most SAS field trips as we will not be trying to identify and log every species in the area. The pace will be much slower.  There should be a lot of beautiful waterfowl and other winter birds to observe.
 
It is recommended that participants have a DSLR and a telephoto lens of at least 300mm or greater or they have superzoom camera. Tripods will be helpful. This is not planned to be a photography instructional field trip but the leaders will be happy to help as much as they can. We will divide up into 2 groups of about 5 people (1 leader and 4 participants) and wander the paths looking for good photo opportunities. Depending on weather, the fieldtrip will last about 4 hours.
 

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - Limit 15
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Connie Sidles
8:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture

 
Winter is a birders' wonderland at Montlake Fill, and January is winter at its height. Take a walk on the wild side in the heart of a city and let's try to find our winter residents. I'm hoping our famous Tufted Duck will return this winter, and maybe we'll be the first to see him again. Other possibilities: Redhead, Canvasback, both goldeneyes, mergansers, swans, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Cooper's, Merlin, Varied Thrush, Lincoln's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, and the usual characters who make birding at the Fill such a delight. The walk is all level and will take about 2 hours. Best to wear boots, as the puddles on the trail can be large; and dress for the weather.
 

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - Limit 10
George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Boundary Bay
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

 
The destination is Reifel Bird Sanctuary (near Ladner, BC), one of the great sanctuaries in our area that provides winter habitat for Snow Geese, waterfowl, raptors, gulls, sparrows, owls and many other species. We will stop at Boundary Bay which is a great spot for Snowy and Short-eared Owls. Over twenty Snowies have already been seen this winter. You must bring a passport or an enhanced driver's license for the border crossing - no exceptions.  Bring lunch, beverages, $5 for admission at Reifel and a scope if you have one. Dress for the weather.  Expect several miles of walking on level paths. Return to Seattle by early evening. Carpool cost: $75.00 shared equally by riders

 

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - Limit of 14, carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less)
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons  
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the North side of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

 
Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Over at 12:30 p.m.
 

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
We’ll spend 7-8 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and liquids; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes welcomed. Return by late afternoon.  Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.

 

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

Some wintering sparrows and Ruby-crowned Kinglets should be around, as well as our resident Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees and Bewick's Wrens.  Hope for a surprise appearance from a raptor.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Expect to walk uphill and down, around the wetlands and along the lake shoreline to check out the wintering ducks.  Be ready for mud! Over by early afternoon.
 

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - Limit of 14, carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less)
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons  
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the North side of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

 
Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Over at 12:30 p.m. 

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - Limit 11 (in three cars)
Samish Flats and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

 
Our wintering raptors should still be around, so we will be looking for eagles, hawks, falcons, accipiters and possibly Short-eared Owls. We'll also watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, small passerines and if we're lucky Northern Shrike. Scopes very helpful. All experience levels welcome. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids, and a Washington State Discover Pass if you have one. Back late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Friday, March 1, 2012 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

Early March can be a good time on Whidbey. We may still have waterfowl present and some early migrants may be back. We will also look for raptors, passerines, loons, grebes and alcids. Come dressed for almost any weather, bring lunch and fluids. Scopes very useful. We'll meet at the NE145th St P&R - take the NE145th exit off I-5 N and cross NE 145th St. About 1/2 block north (careful not to turn onto I-5) turn left into the hidden P&R. Back about 5 p.m. or so. Carpool to three cars - Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders, plus ferry.
 

Saturday, March 2, 2013 – Limit 11
Sequim
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:20 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, we’ll leave at 6:30 to catch the 7:10 Edmonds-Kingston Ferry

Spend a winter day in the rain shadow. The Sequim CBC consistently has the highest species count in Washington. We'll exploit this diversity looking for ducks (harlequin & long-tailed), shorebirds (dunlin & oystercatchers), raptors (merlin & peregrine) and passerines (varied thrush & chestnut-backed chickadee) in the diverse habitats of Sequim Bay State Park, Straits of Juan de Fuca, Dungeness Spit NWR and the Dungeness River Audubon Center. We'll leave at the catching. Dress for the weather (Sequim isn't always dry and it can be blustery). Bring lunch, ferry money, Golden Eagle Passports (or Federal Access permits). Drivers need Discover Passes. Scopes are a plus. Carpool cost: $30 plus $40 for the ferry for each car, divided among passengers excluding driver. Return via the 5:50 or 6:10 ferry.
 

Sunday, March 3, 2013 – Limit 10
Boundary Bay/Reifel Refuge, British Columbia, Canada
Leader: Gary Kelsberg
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll cross the Canadian border to view Reifel Refuge, one of the great wildlife sanctuaries, located at the mouth of the Fraser River (near Ladner, BC).  Reifel provides winter habitat for Snow Geese, waterfowl, raptors, owls, shorebirds, sparrows, and many other species.  We'll stop along the way at Boundary Bay to look for Snowy and Short-eared Owls.  You MUST bring a passport or an enhanced driver's license for the border crossing. Bring lunch, beverages, and snacks. Dress for the weather. Scopes are welcome.  Expect several miles of walking on level paths.   Please note:  severe weather will cancel the trip.  Carpool cost: $75.00 shared equally by riders, plus $5 admission to Reifel Refuge. Return to Seattle by 8:00 p.m.
 

Sunday, March 10, 2013 - Limit 10
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Sharon Ellard and Mark Wolff
7:30 AM, parking lot adjacent to the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195

We hope to see and/or hear 40+ avian species in this morning outing. Our list at this time of year should include a variety of water birds, native sparrows, early migrants, and an unexpected highlight or two. Expect to spend at least two hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the wetlands and small woodlands the Fill provides. If time permits, we will take a side trip to explore the Yesler Swamp area. Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm while exposed to the elements. Boots are recommended, especially if you are interested in the side trip. Scopes are welcome. Over by 11 a.m.
 

Sunday, March 10, 2013 – Limit 10
Skagit Flats
Leader: Andy McCormick
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

An early spring trip to the tidal flats and waterways of Skagit County presents opportunities to see some of the remaining waterfowl and raptors, as well as possible early migrating shorebirds and songbirds. Time permitting we may also be able to explore Butler Flats and Butler Hill. Bring lunch, snacks. Drivers please bring a WDFW parking sticker if you have one. Dress for the weather, which can be cold, wet, and windy. Scopes will be helpful. Two volunteer drivers will be needed. Carpool cost: $50, shared among passengers of each car. Return by early evening.

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – Limit 9
Kitsap Peninsula
Leaders: Jim Owens and Paula Crockett
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R (in order to catch the 7:50 AM Edmonds/Kingston ferry)

The trip will focus primarily on seabirds and cover Point No-Point, Port Gamble, Salisbury County Park, possibly Port Ludlow, Fort Flagler, the Point Wilson Lighthouse and possibly Kah Tai Lagoon.  We will return via the 5:30 p.m. ferry from Kingston. Participants should plan on bringing lunch, snacks, and drinks, and dress for cold, wet, and windy weather.  Scopes will be handy but not required. Drivers should have a Discover Pass for Fort Flagler.  Gas and ferry costs totaling approximately $80.00 will be shared equally among passengers of each car.
 

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

March is still a good time to look for loons, Brant, diving ducks and alcids. Loons sometimes number in the hundreds. Long-tailed Ducks are also normally seen. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor and the Blaine Marina. Drivers will need a Discover Pass for Birch Bay S.P. Dress for cold/wet weather, bring fluids, lunch and snacks; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Costs: $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Leader: George Gerdts
9:45 AM, Winslow City Dock. Boat leaves at 10:00 AM. Seattle participants can meet George at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal and he will lead you on the short 1/4 walk to the City Dock.
 
 
Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island aboard an 80 foot catamaran; viewing Eagle Harbor, Blakley Rock, Restoration Point, Rich Passage, Port Orchard,  and Agate Pass.  Expect to see multiple species of loons, sea ducks (including Harlequin and Long-tailed Ducks), grebes (with a chance for Clark's and Eared), cormorants, and rocky-shore sandpipers. Over by 2:00 p.m.
 
Sign up: This trip is being offered through the Bainbridge Island (BI) Parks and Recreation Department.  Sign-ups start on January 9th. YOU MUST CALL THE BI PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP!  Participants can sign up with a credit card and get a receipt right over the phone.  The cost is $75.00. Anyone who is a member of the Seattle Audubon Society (SAS) and indicates that when signing up will get 20% of the cost ($15.00) donated to SAS. If you leave your e-mail address when registering, George can forward explicit directions and a map.
 

Saturday, April 6, 2013 – Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Vicki King
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Whidbey Island offers great birding as the seasons transition from winter to spring.  We’ll explore its varied habitats looking for seabirds, ducks, shorebirds, raptors, gulls, and passerines.  Dress for wet, windy weather.  Bring lunch, snacks, beverages, and scopes if you can.  Back by early evening.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost:  $50 plus ferry (one way) shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, small parking lot at the corner of NE 65th St and 62nd Ave NE

A few migratory songbirds, such as swallows, Savannah Sparrows and possibly a warbler should be back in the park.  We will be listening to bird song as well as looking at birds.  Be prepared to walk up hill and down, as well as to walk in the wetlands or along the shoreline to see what ducks are lingering.  Finding an active bird nest will be a plus.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Dress for mud and wet ground.  Over by early afternoon.
 

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - Limit 9
Port Susan Bay Preserve

Leaders: Julie Monahan, Jon Houghton, and Kathleen Morley
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

The Nature Conservancy has completed a tidal marsh restoration on its 4,122 acres on Port Susan Bay, just south of Stanwood, and the area is ready once again for visitors. The Port Susan Bay Preserve remains private, but Seattle Audubon has permission from the Conservancy to lead a trip for the day. We’ll scan the area’s vast spread of marshes, mudflats and tidelands for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and returning and resident passerines. The walk is flat and just under 2 miles but sturdy boots are suggested. Please bring binoculars (scopes welcome), rain gear, warm clothes and lunch. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Trip will end by early afternoon. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Limit  8
Discovery Park
Leader: Evan Houston
7:00 AM, Discovery Park SOUTH parking lot (access from W. Emerson St.)

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to birders of all levels who are strong walkers.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible, including some early spring migrants such as swallows and some warblers.  Discovery Park offers a nice combination of a good walk, a nice mix of birds in habitats ranging all the way from mixed forest to saltwater, and often rewards you with a surprise or two as well.  Expect to walk up to 5 miles with some elevation change.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the unpredictable spring weather.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by about 11 a.m.
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013 – Limit 10
Columbia Slope, Birder’s Corner, Othello and the Potholes
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Jim Owens
6:00 AM, southwest corner of the Issaquah Transit Center’s first floor

During a long day in the field, we'll bird on the Columbia Slope and in the Potholes region with multiple stops, including the Quilomene Wildlife Area and Birder’s Corner. We’ll look for Sandhill Cranes, Black-necked Stilts, Burrowing Owls, and returning waterfowl and shorebirds. Bring appropriate clothing – comfortable shoes, adequate layers, and at least a wind breaker. Also bring plenty of snacks, lunch, and money for dinner en route home because we'll be back late evening. Driver will need a Discover Pass. Carpool Cost: $100 per car shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, April 27, 2013 – Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, Meet in north parking lot near tennis courts

Canvasback, Ring-necked Ducks, American Wigeon, and goldeneyes seek protected waters.  Fox Sparrows, Bald Eagles and four species of grebe are possibilities.  Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot-gear is needed. Back by noon.
 

Saturday, April 27, 2013 – Limit 7
Snoqualmie Point Bird & Hike
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Snoqualmie Point is the northern access point to the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. It climbs through alder woods, a recent clearcut and conifer forest, thus offering a varied set of habitats. Expect to see and hear a variety of passerines. With luck, we may encounter Red Crossbills, Varied Thrush and Sooty Grouse. And raptors are always a possibility. We will hike about 5 miles, with a gradual elevation gain of 1500 feet, both on trail and on old logging roads. Bring snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and hiking boots. Return mid afternoon. Carpool cost: $12, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013  - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Arn and Kathy Slettebak
7:30 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center parking lot, at entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013 – Limit 15
Camano Island
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:30 AM Stanwood QFC

Visit Camano Island and Stanwood hotspots (to be determined by leaders).  Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs, cropland, and forested hillsides.  We’ll walk about a mile on easy terrain.  Bring boots, lunch and liquids.  Scopes a plus.  Over mid-afternoon. Drivers should have a Discover Pass. Leaders will be at Stanwood QFC. If meeting at Ravenna P&R, form carpools on own.  Carpool cost from Ravenna: $35 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Limit 9
Gray's Harbor County
Leaders: Cara Borre, John White and Blair Bernson
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will explore the best shore areas of Grays Harbor County. This could include the Ocean Shores area, the Westport area, Bottle Beach, Midway Beach and Tokeland. Our specific destinations will change depending on time and what is being seen. Emphasis will be on shorebirds and better distinguishing these sometimes confusing species.  We will be on the lookout for passerines at various stops as well. Beginners are welcome.  Learning birds while having fun is our goal, not necessarily a lengthy day list. Come prepared for changing weather, including cold, wind and rain. Muck boots may be helpful. Bring a scope if you have one, lunch and fluids. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $80 shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
King County Big Day
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leaders: Michael Hobbs & Matt Bartels
5:30 AM, Marymoor Park near the Clise Mansion

We will start with the sunrise at Marymoor, and then move around the county birding at a fast pace until sunset. Participants should log more than 100 species, but the emphasis is on having pun. Bring food and drink, and dress for weather and fast walking. Contact leaders for info on pre-trip owling. Carpool cost: $40.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 4, 2012 - Limit 12
Wenas Creek
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Peter Klein
6:30 AM,
Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will explore the many habitats -- sage, pine forest, and riparian -- of this rich area in spring. We'll see Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Vesper and Brewer Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatches, and possibly a White-headed Woodpecker. Bring a lunch; expect to be back early evening. Carpool cost shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 4, 2013 – Limit 12
Montlake Fill
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader Connie Sidles
8:30 AM, the birders' kiosk at the west end of the Center for Urban Horticulture, where there is a small, free parking lot.

Walk around Montlake Fill with author Connie Sidles: Take a spring Bird-a-thon walk around one of King County's best birding sites as we look for spring migrants and the odd winter straggler. We'll take our time, ambling and birding along the Loop Trail, finishing back at the parking lot at 11:30 a.m. My records show we could see: Greater White-fronted Goose, Blue-winged Teal, Green Heron, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Hammond's Flycatcher, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, House Wren, and Western Tanager, among many other returning and resident birds. It's been a great year for rarities so far and why not more today? With all our eyes on the lookout, we could spot a county first!
 

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - Limit 7 in 3 vehicles
JBLM and Environs
Birdathon Donation: $25
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:00 AM, Starbucks on west side of I-5, Exit 119 (I-5 exit #119 Steilacoom-Dupont exit. Turn west/right from exit; turn right at light, and then a right at next road.)

Join Denis for a tour of the most diverse area in the Puget lowlands. JBLM contains some of the last and largest extant prairies and naturally occurring Ponderosa pine and oak woodlands in Western Washington. JBLM is host to species that typically breed in eastern Washington: Lazuli Bunting, Vesper Sparrow, Western Bluebird, Streaked Horned Lark, and Western Meadowlark, to name a few. It is often possible to travel through four different habitat types within 200 meters, creating extensive edge effects for species diversity. Due to troop training, places visited depend on areas that are open. We May also visit areas near JBLM. Some walking is involved. Everyone must have either a state or US photo ID to get on base (state driver license preferred to get Range Control pass). Drivers MUST have current proof of insurance, driver license, and vehicle registration (no exceptions allowed at JBLM). Bring lunch and liquids; scopes a plus. Return late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $10 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 19, 2013 – Limit 12
Discovery Park
Birdathon Donation: $15
Leader Penny Rose
6:00 AM, Discovery Park East/Visitor Center parking lot

Lower your birding carbon footprint and challenge yourself to maximum bird species in one park. Join us as we will bird a variety of habitats searching for migrants, residents and rarities. Bring lunch and a lawn chair for maximum comfort.  Over by 1 p.m.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Limit 12
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Meet on 8:25 ferry from Fauntleroy, park in south most Lincoln Park parking lot

We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry! There may still be Rhino Auklets and Common Murre on the way over. We'll bird a little at the dock on the Vashon side. Often in spring a few Harlequin Ducks hang out there at high tide (about the time of the ferry arrival). We’ll head to Fisher Pond, which may be covered with Wood Duck and Mallard broods. We’ll also visit Mukai Pond to look and listen for flycatchers and warblers. Cost: $9 each plus a share of $14.65 car and driver ticket. If we organize to buy a Wave2Go pass (10 passenger/walk-on tickets for $39.70) we will each save a $1.
 

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - Limit 12
Snoqualmie Wildlife Area (Stillwater Unit), Snoqualmie River environs, and Tolt-MacDonald Park
Leaders: Carl Haynie and Scott Ramos
6:30 AM, Bear Creek Park-and-Ride (7760 178th PL. NE, Redmond)

Come explore the riparian, marsh, and open areas along parts of the Snoqualmie Valley between Carnation and Duvall, including the rich habitats near the Stillwater Unit of the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area. After a short time on the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail, we’ll make our way toward the river where rarities in past years have included such gems as Western Bluebird, Bank Swallow, Loggerhead Shrike, and American Redstart.  Expect to see a good assortment of late spring migrants and early summer arrivals at this time of year. We’ll finish up with a jaunt through MacDonald Park. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Allergy sufferers might want to bring their medication to deal with hiking through long grass. Anticipate about 4 miles of hiking on mostly flat terrain for most of the morning, followed by a moderate climb in MacDonald. Over no later than 3 p.m Carpool cost: $8.00, shared equally by riders. A Discover Pass is required for drivers.
 

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - Limit 9
Yakima Canyon & Umtanum Creek
Leaders: John White, Mary Russell, Jean Trent
6:00 AM, North Bend Outlet Mall Parking Area

We will explore the various migrant and residents birds of the Yakima Canyon with stops along the Yakima River and a 1-3 mile hike along Umtanum Creek. Expect lots of woodland birds and raptors. Beginners welcome. Wear boots and expect warm weather, but be prepared for cold, wet and windy conditions, just in case. Bring lunch, snacks and lots of liquids. Bring binocs, and scope if desired. Expect to be back to North Bend by 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost: $65.00, shared equally among riders.
 

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - Limit 12, carpooling in 4 or fewer vehicles
Peregrine Falcons – The breeding season in urban and natural sites         
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
7:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge – North end)

 
Join us for a full-day viewing (hopefully successful) Peregrine Falcon breeding pairs and their young. We’ll spend the morning in the Cascades along I-90 and the afternoon in Seattle.  This exploration will cover how to view nest sites without disturbing the residents, nest site selection, territorial defense, growth, fledging and dispersal of young. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available. Bring a lunch and latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Discover Passes useful. Over no later than 4:00 p.m. Carpool cost: $30.00, shared equally by riders. 
 

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - Limit 10 in 3 cars
Umtanum Creek Canyon
Leaders: Tiffany Linbo and Mark Wolff
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
Prepare to hike 6 miles through sage-steppe, riparian, Ponderosa pine, and open meadows up Umtanum Creek. Elevation gain is gradual, but there are a couple of shallow stream crossings. Birds we hope to see include Yellow-breasted Chat, Prairie Falcon, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, and Lewis Woodpecker. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring lunch, water and snacks; back late afternoon. Fee payable at the parking lot or National Parks Pass required for each car. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - Limit 12
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Leaders:  Sharon Ellard, Cara Borre, and Julie Monahan
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or
7:00 AM, Issaquah Park & Ride (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)

About 5 hours will be spent birding up to 5 miles at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah. Passerines including vireos, warblers and flycatchers will be heard. Bring food, water, and quiet raingear. Carpool cost: $15.00, shared equally by riders who choose to meet at Ravenna Park & Ride. Discover Passes required for drivers.
 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

We will explore Whidbey for passerines, alcids, loons, grebes, waterfowl and any lingering shorebirds. Bring lunch, fluids, scopes and Discovery Pass. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders plus ferry.
 

Saturday, June 15 - Limit 10
East Cascades Foothills and Robinson Canyon
Leaders: Jim Owens and Jeanelle Richardson
6:00 AM, southwest corner of the Issaquah Transit Center’s first floor

We'll start at the crest of the Cascades and bird our way east along a route that will include Bullfrog Pond, the Northern Pacific Ponds, Swauk Prairie, Hidden Valley, Liberty campground,  and finally either Umtanum Road or the base of Robinson Canyon, looking and listening for warblers, vireos, bluebirds, nuthatches, flycatchers, Western Tanagers and other birds breeding on the dry side of the Cascades. Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, a Discover Pass, sun protection and clothing appropriate for warm weather. Scopes are optional, but could be useful. Back by early evening. Carpool cost: $60.00 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Limit 11
Early Summer Trip to South Cle Elum Ridge
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (uncovered Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)


South Cle Elum Ridge includes numerous habitats and the largest breeding bird diversity for Washington.  Over 100 bird species were confirmed or possible breeders in this section.  We'll search wetlands around Cle Elum for Swallows, Warblers, and Wood Ducks.  Check the feeders in town for Rufous, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, as well as Cassin's and House Finches. Then we'll proceed up along Taneum Creek to the forests above I-5.  Everything from Veeries and Canyon Wrens to Williamson's Sapsuckers and Evening Grosbeaks have been observed on this leg of the journey.  Finally a great view of the Cle Elum Valley and North Cascades from the high point of our trip.  The high country part of the trip depends on the snow conditions and may have to be abandoned if snow-covered roads are encountered.  Bring lunch.  We'll return between 5-6 p.m.  Scopes and cameras welcome.  The wild flower bloom should be starting.  Carpool cost $40 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Limit 12
Redmond Watershed Preserve
Leader:  Jan Bragg
8:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 9:15 AM, Redmond Watershed Preserve, 21760 NE Novelty Hill Rd


This will be good for people wanting to listen to bird songs and calls.  It may be more of a hike than a bird walk but it is a fun place to explore if you have never been there!  We will likely hear more birds than we see.  Birds to hope for:   Rufous Hummingbird, Pileated or Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Wilson's Warbler, Purple Finch.   Expect a hike over uneven dirt trails, uphill and down, ~5 miles.  Bring water and snacks.  Drivers may want a Good to Go! Pass.  Over early afternoon. Carpool cost $10.00 + 520 bridge toll shared equally by riders.


Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Limit 12
Washington Park Arboretum Walk
Leaders: Janine Anderson and Phyllis Moss
8:00 AM, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle


This walk will feature the flora and fauna of the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum in midsummer, including seasonal highlights, native plants, habitat-worthy selections, and the wilder areas of Duck Bay and Foster Island.  Possible birds include: nesting Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, Wood Ducks, and woodland birds.  Janine is a landscape designer and Certified Professional Horticulturist who has been an Arboretum guide for over 15 years.  Scopes useful.  Over by noon.


Saturday, July 6, 2013 - Limit 10
Hike and bird near Blewett Pass
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R, Tibbett’s Lot


We’ll plan to park near Blewett Pass and hike the Kittitas/Chelan county line trail (TR 1226) to the top of Miller Peak. Hike distance, 9 miles; elevation gain, 2000 feet, strenuous - final destination depends on the weather and energy levels as the day progresses (some could decide to go less far and wait for the others on the way back).  Besides other montane species we may find Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Lazuli Buntings - maybe even a Goshawk.  Return late afternoon or early evening.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack, lunch, and a minimum of 2 liters of water. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Limit 11
Mowich Lake to Spray Park, Mt. Rainier NP
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

A moderately strenuous hike of 7 miles and an elevation gain of 800 feet passes through the old growth forest to the sub-alpine zone. Our focus is flowers, which are blooming from the forest to the meadows. Expect a wide variety of flowers in the various micro and macro habitats along the trail. Expect to see between 30-50 flowering plants. Look at the birds as a bonus because they are in a post-breeding dispersal and pre-migration so are very quiet. On sunny days the views of Mt Rainier are spectacular and the side trip to Spray Falls is beautiful. Return late afternoon or early evening. Lunch on the trail and prepare for mountain weather (hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc.). If you have a valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass, please bring it. Carpool cost: $50 + $15 per car for park entrance fee, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - Limit 10
Naches Peak Flower Walk, Mt. Rainier NP
Leader: Barb Jensen
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 8:00AM at Enumclaw Safeway

Can’t believe it was twenty-five years ago this trip was first offered as part of an obligation to donate hours of service in return for the Master Birder training. We’ve had snow on the trail, rain, fog, rescued people and John even gave tickets to people with dogs on the trail (he was Chief Ranger back then) and of course, glorious weather and great times with wonderful people. Join us once again on this five-mile loop trail - one of the best wildflower hikes in the northwest! The trail, with an elevation gain of 500’, is lined with subalpine flowers exploding in color. By car, the elevation changes from 5,000’ to 7,000’ and affords grand views of Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks, and the Pacific Crest Trail. Mt. Goats, marmots, elk, and east slope birds like Swainson’s Hawk and Golden Eagle have been seen on this trip. Bring your lunch, water and sunscreen. Wear hiking boots and dress for possible mountain rainy weather or a hot day. Return by 5 p.m. If you have a valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass, please bring it. Carpool cost: $55 + $15 per car for park entrance fee, shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
10:00 AM, south parking lot of Lincoln Park to catch the 10:20 AM Fauntleroy ferry - consolidate into 2 cars and drive or walk to meet Ed at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal (located at the end of the dock). Ed’s car will be waiting on the Vashon.

We may check the tidepools under the dock on the Vashon side for sea creatures if the tide is low enough.  We'll go to Fisher Pond to look for Wood Ducks, shorebirds, and passerines and then out to Fern Cove to look for shorebirds and gulls.  Several gull species will be just coming back and resting on the beach. Bring lunch and water. Back by late afternoon. Carpool costs: $9 plus cost of ferry ($5 per passenger and $16.75 for car/driver).


Saturday, August 10, 2013
Protection Island
Leader: George Gerdts
6:00 PM, From City Dock in Port Townsend
Cost: $85.00 (20% donation to SAS for Audubon members)


Cruise in comfort to Protetion Isalnd, with George Gerdts as leader/naturalist.  The “Glacier Spirit” is a comfortable, diesel-powered yacht.  It has a P.A. system which allows announced sightings to be heard from both inside and outside the ship.  There is excellent viewing from inside the craft and ample viewing space outside on the front deck. Protection Island is a 400 acre National Wildlife Refuge at the entrance to Discovery Bay. It is a very special place, indeed—over 70% of the marine birds which nest in Puget Sound make Protection Island their breeding ground. Some 6000 pairs of Glaucous-winged Gulls, 22,000 pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets, thousands of Pigeon Guillemots, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, and a few pairs of Black Oystercatchers nest on the island.  One of the main attractions is the nesting colony of the outrageous TUFTED PUFFIN —- some 20-30 pairs nest in the bluffs.  The concentrations of birds can be truly spectacular.  Harbor Seals use the remote and protected site as a major haul-out area.  Other marine mammal sightings are also possible.  We expect to get good looks at all the nesting birds, plus a Bald Eagle or two, and, of course, great scenery. Since Rhinoceros Auklets are crepuscular/nocturnal feeders, we may get to see the adults carrying food back to their burrows to feed their single chicks.

Cost is $85.00/participant. Audubon members will have 20% of the trip cost ($17.00) donated to SAS. The Glacier Spirit leaves from Port Townsend at 6:00 PM sharp and returns between 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Boarding will start at 5:45 p.m.  Coffee, soft drinks, and appetizers and will be provided, but feel free to bring your own light dinner; and dress in appropriate layers.  The Strait can be very cool, even in August.


Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Limit 6
Sunrise – high-elevation birds and a hike, Mt Rainier NP
Leaders: Evan Houston and Scott Ramos 
5:30 AM, Issaquah P&R garage, south entrance, 1675 Newport Way NW

 
In addition to beautiful scenery and a challenging day hike, we should see some high-elevation birds, with hopefully a treat or two such as a Rosy-Finch or Ptarmigan.  Weather-permitting, we’ll most likely hike to Mt. Fremont and part of the Burroughs Mountain Loop, a hike of 8 miles with over 1,500 feet of elevation gain, all at high elevation. You should be in good physical condition for this outing and prepared for a strenuous hike (with lots of stops for wildlife and scenery!).  Bring binoculars, lunch (we’ll picnic on the trail), and multiple layers of clothing to be prepared for unpredictable high-elevation weather.  Back by about 6-6:30 p.m. If you have a valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass, please bring it. Carpool cost $50 + $15 per car for park entrance fee, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Limit 11
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leaders: Suzy Hunter and Andy McCormick
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R (or 8:00 AM at Juanita Bay Park)

This trip will focus on one of the most productive birding parks on the eastside of Lake Washington. Varied habitats within the park can host a vast array of bird species. The boardwalks allow for close observation of many land birds, waterfowl, grebes and possible raptors. Fall migration will have begun bringing birds to rest in the park. Some summer birds will still be around. We may spot some shorebirds on the north shore of the bay. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Ravenna Park & Ride to carpool to Kirkland or meet at 8:00 a.m. at the main parking lot at the park.  Carpool cost: $6.50 shared by riders. Back by noon.
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Limit 12
Skagit WMA
Leaders:  Jan Bragg and Travis Keay
8:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 8:45 AM at Ash Way P&R, SE corner

August is a quiet time for birding; many songbirds are molting now and tend not to show themselves. But ducks might be coming back or there could be a shorebird migrating south. Join us and hope for the best!  Expect a long unshaded walk over relatively level although uneven ground.   Drivers will need a current Discover Pass.  Carpool cost: $25 shared by rider.  Back mid-afternoon.   
 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Early September is usually a good time for southbound shorebirds in Grays Harbor. We will hit the best spots based on reports the week before. We'll also be looking for passerines, raptors. The weather should be good, but come prepared for anything. Scopes very good. Bring lunch and fluids. Drivers will need a current Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $96 shared by riders. Return by early evening.
 

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park

September is typically an iffy month for seeing birds, but we will see lots of feeding activity at the park’s peapatch that includes American Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Anna's Hummingbirds. Down at the wetlands, we will find Bald Eagles, Great-blue Heron, and Willow Flycatcher. This easy walk through the park will take about three hours. 
 

Sunday, September 29, 2013 – Limit 10
Bike and Bird - Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Duvall towards Carnation
Leaders: Jean Olson and Kathleen Morley
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Bike and Bird the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a Rails to Trails that follows the Snoqualmie River from Duvall towards North Bend.  It is flat and composed of gravel and rock, so a ‘cross or mountain bike is recommended. Habitats include lowland deciduous forest, riparian shrubs and small ponds. Possibilities include migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, raptors and songbirds.  We will ride around 10 miles total, frequently stopping along the way.

Bring binoculars, your bike helmet, snacks, water and clothing layers for changes in weather.  For logistical reasons, we do not recommend bringing scopes.  You should be comfortable on a bike. Children are welcome with parents. We will carpool from the Ravenna P&R to the trail, so transporting your bike in your vehicle is necessary. The ride will be over by early to mid-afternoon, depending on the birds. Car pool cost $5, shared among passengers.
 

Saturday, October 5, 2013 – Limit 11 (3 cars with 4 people per car)
Ellensburg and vicinity for birds and early fall colors (maybe)
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts-uncovered lot south of covered lot)

Fall migrants should be starting to return, including shorebirds and raptors. Summer residents like blue birds may still be found; resident birds such as golden eagles, great horned owls, and grey partridge are possible. Fall colors like vine maple and aspen will be a bonus. Scopes and cameras welcome. Bring lunch; we'll return between 5- 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders. 
 

Saturday, October 5, 2013 – Limit 10
Manastash Ridge Hike and Bird
Leaders: Dave Swayne and Gary Kelsberg
6:00 AM, Tibbetts Valley Park and Ride

Opperman and Stepniewski say the east slopes of the Cascades are dissected by ravines and canyons with innumerable niches for a wide array of species. We'll drive up Manashtash Creek from the lower elevation sagelands to higher elevation Ponderosa forest and do some hiking, hoping for views of migrating raptors along the ridge as well as resident species. Bring hiking shoes and lunch with enough fluids, plus binoculars. Spotting scopes will be helpful at certain points for distant raptors. Carpool cost $50 divided among passengers in each car.
 

Sunday, October 6, 2013 – Limit 8
Discovery Park  
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:30 AM, South entrance parking lot (off W. Emerson Street)
 

We will walk the Discovery Park loop trail, which is about 3-4 miles on dirt and gravel trails with several ups and downs, looking for our resident and returning winter birds.  We will pass through several types of habitat, including conifer and deciduous woodlands, open meadows, along hedgerows, and some riparian areas as well. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.  
 

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - Limit 12
Promontory Point, Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
9:00 AM, Magnuson Park Environmental Learning Center Pavilion

 
This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families. We will spend approximately 3 hours on the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, and the entire wetlands complex including the new Shore Ponds. We'll keep our eyes out for Buffleheads, Northern Shovelers, and other newly-arrived winter residents, lingering dragonflies and tree frogs, plus the ever-present variety of songbird and raptor species. Be prepared for 2-3 miles of walking, up hill and down. Binoculars are available to borrow if you request them when registering.

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle, and served by bus #30 or #75.  Enter the park at NE 65th St & Sand Point Way NE, proceed down NE 65th, meet at the environmental learning center pavilion next to the little drive-in road at the west end of parking lot E-1.


Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Sharon Ellard, Alex MacKenzie and Sarah Peden
7:30 AM, parking lot east of Center for Urban Horticulture (near greenhouse area), 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195

We hope to find 40+ avian species in this morning outing. Our list at this time of year should include a variety of water birds, native sparrows, winter migrants, and an unexpected highlight or two. Expect to spend at least three hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the wetlands and small woodlands the Fill provides.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm while exposed to the elements. Boots are recommended. Scopes are welcome. Should be over by 11 a.m.
 

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - Limit 9
Grays Harbor and vicinity
Leaders: Cara Borre, Kathleen Morley and John White
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

This full day trip will focus on identifying shorebirds to species and demystifying this sometimes difficult group of birds.  We will be fluid in our destinations based on recent sightings and will always detour for a rarity or other interesting sighting (ex. Tropical Kingbird).  Beginners encouraged and welcome.  Spotting scopes will be very useful.  Also bring lunch, water/drink and a sense of adventure and humor.  Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass.  Carpool costs $40 shared among passengers of each car. 
 

Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Limit 6
Point No Point, Hansville area
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Jordan Gunn
5:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

What’s the Point? Point No Point is a premier birding location located on the Kitsap Peninsula, attracting many great birds year-round. For this trip, we'll be looking for any late shorebirds and passerine migrants, jaegers and gulls, and returning waterfowl, including loons, grebes and alcids. Scopes helpful. Bring a lunch and dress in layers in case of inclement weather. Carpool costs: $20 each car shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry).
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, the North Parking Lot of the park

November is a good time to see wintering ducks and grebes. Luther Burbank Park has an impressive shoreline from which to watch ducks, grebes, cormorants, gulls and Belted Kingfisher. Fox Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Pacific Wren, Towhees, Anna's Hummingbirds, Kinglets, and a resident pair of Bald Eagle are likely to be seen. Meet in the North parking lot at 9 a.m. The three hour loop trip may experience rain and be muddy so dress accordingly.
 

Saturday, November 16, 2013 – Limit 10
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

A perfect trip for coffee drinkers: chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes. Dress for blustery weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry).
 

Sunday, November 17, 2013 – Limit 14, in 4 cars
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Over by 12:30 p.m. Carpool cost: $4 per passenger.
 

Saturday, November 23, 2013 – Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Suzy Hunter and Andy McCormick
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Join us for a full day of birding on Whidbey Island to check for shorebirds, loons and grebes, wintering waterfowl and songbirds. Beginning at Rosario Head with stops at Swantown, Penn Cove, Coupeville Wharf, Crockett Lake and Deer Lagoon. Stops may change depending on the birds reported at the time of the trip. Scopes will be helpful. Dress for the weather, and bring a lunch, snacks and ferry fare. Carpool cost: $50 each car shared equally among passengers (plus cost of ferry). Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass.
 

Sunday, November 24, 2013 – Limit 9
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Fall
Leaders: Jon Houghton, Jean Olson, and Sarah Peden
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
This trip will visit several fall hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start at the Nature Conservancy’s newly constructed tidal restoration site, go on to Thomle Road (if reports there are positive), and Eide Road to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Dry Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, and the fabled West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up in the Bow-Edison area. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area.  Warning!  Hunting seasons will be in progress so this could limit waterfowl viewing. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery!  Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds. Carpool costs: $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to Ravenna about 5 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!).
 

Friday, November 29, 2013 - Limit 11, in 3 cars
Samish Flats and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:30 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (also called NE 145th P&R)

Our wintering raptors will be back, so we will be looking for eagles, hawks, falcons, accipiters and possibly Short-eared Owls. We'll also watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, small passerines and if we're lucky Northern Shrike. Scopes very helpful. All experience levels welcome. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and fluids. Drivers need a Washington State Discover Pass. Back late afternoon/early evening. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.

 

Saturday, November 30, 2013 – Limit 10
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leader: Jordan Gunn
7:45 AM, Discovery Park South Parking Lot

This trip to Seattle’s premier park will take us through several habitats as we look passerine mixed flocks, wintering water birds, hawks, woodpeckers, and whatever else we can find. Plan on a 4-5 mile hike with some up and down. Dress for weather. Bring water, snacks and binoculars. If you have a scope you can carry for a long hike, bring it. We should be done by 1:00 p.m.
 

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Limit 11
Lake Washington and Puget Sound
Leader: Mark Johnston
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll spend 6-7 hours birding freshwater, saltwater, and wooded habitats where we expect to find a large number of species that winter in the Seattle area. Bring a lunch and liquids; dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Return by late afternoon. Carpool cost: $25 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion

Come see what birds are visiting the park.  We'll be looking for sparrows in the woods, ducks on the lake and gulls on the raft.  We'll be listening to any bird brave enough to sing.  And we'll be hoping for a raptor.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Expect to walk uphill and down, around the wetlands and along the lake shoreline.  You'll need footwear that can get wet and/or muddy.  Over by early afternoon.
 

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
8:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning/intermediate birders.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to identify as many avian species as possible; hopefully at least 40 species!  At this time of the year the Fill offers wintering water- and songbirds, raptors, and often produces a nice surprise as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but muddy ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the wintry elements.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - Limit 11
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Shep Thorp
6:45 AM Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or meet Shep at 8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center Pond Overlook

Join Refuge volunteer for weekday trip to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  We will start at the Refuge Visitor Center, and walk 2-4 miles along the Twin Barns Loop Trail, Nisqually Estuary Trail, and the Estuary Boardwalk Trail.  There will be a High 14’9” Tide at 11:40am. The riparian woodlands will provide a good opportunity to see Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, accipiters, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Shrike, Hutton’s Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler Audubon’s variety, Fox Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Purple Finch.  The new dike will provide an opportunity for us to observe both the fresh water marsh for wintering waterfowl like Cackling Geese, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal and the estuary mud flats for wintering shorebirds like Least Sandpiper, Dunlin and Long-billed Dowitchers.  The restored estuary from the new boardwalk will provide opportunities to observe Common Loon, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Mew Gull, and birds of prey like Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcon.  Bring rain gear and lunch, we will finish at 1-3 p.m. Please indicate at time of signup where you will meet the group as Shep will meet you at Nisqually. Carpool cost: $27.50 shared equally by riders
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Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Limit 10
West Seattle Waterfront
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Webster
8:30 AM, Jack Block Park, 2130 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle

 
Explore the West Seattle waterfront and neighboring greenbelts in search of wintering and resident species. We'll carpool to several spots and walk up to two miles on relatively easy terrain. There is a strong possibility of a bakery stop.  Dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Over around noon. Carpool cost: $3 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Limit 11
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Mary Russell and Jean Olson
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:00 AM, Nisqually Refuge Visitor’s Center

Come explore the beautiful Nisqually Wildlife Refuge with us! All levels of birders are welcome for this 4 mile level walk (accommodations can be made for those who do not want to walk this far). There should be something for everyone on this trip including a variety of waterfowl in breeding plumage, Bald Eagles and other raptors, herons, passerines and perhaps even shorebirds. We will explore the tidal estuary on the boardwalk along with forested trails and marshes. Scopes helpful. Dress in layers and bring rain gear along with a lunch. Depending upon the weather, we should finish our walk between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Carpool cost: $27.50 shared equally among riders.
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Meet aboard the 8:15 AM ferry from Fauntleroy

We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry!  We'll look for Harlequin Ducks and auklets near the Vashon dock. At Fisher Pond, we may find Wood Ducks and other puddle ducks. On Tramp Harbor, we'll scan through large flocks of scoters, scaup, goldeneye and wigeon to look for something unusual. Those wanting to walk on to the ferry can park for four hours in the southern-most parking lot at Lincoln Park (1 block north of the ferry dock) or find parking on nearby neighborhood streets. Do not park on Fauntleroy Way or you risk getting towed. Participants should plan to arrive early enough to park, purchase a ticket, and board the 8:15 a.m. ferry. Ed will meet up with participants on the ferry. Two drivers will need to take their cars on to the ferry to Vashon. Ed's car will be on the island. Carpool cost: $6 plus cost of ferry ($7.85 per passenger plus a share of $13.55 car and driver ticket).  
 

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Saturday, January 4, 2014 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Skagit Flats and Samish Bay
Leader: Vicki King
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Get your birding year off to a great start as we look for eagles, hawks, falcons, swans, snow geese, shorebirds and more in the Skagit Valley.  While we may get lucky with the weather, please dress for cold, wet and windy conditions.  Bring lunch, snacks, liquids and good cheer.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  Scopes welcome.  We'll return in the early evening. Carpool cost:  $50 each car shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 11, 2014 – Limit 6 in 2 cars or 10 if another 4WD available
Waterville Plateau Winter Birding
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Sue Yates
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbets Lot)

Andy Stepniewski says in A Birder's Guide to Washington by Opperman:
The plateau is known for northern, open-country specialties in winter, including raptors such as Rough-legged Hawk and Gyrfalcon, Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Bohemian Waxwings, and maybe Sharp-tailed Grouse.

Join us for a 4WD drive across the high plateau, with its wheat fields, large haystack rocks, glacial moraines, and coulees. We'll explore and see what winter birds we can find. We will mostly stop along the road (if it is safe) when we see birds, but in a few places we will walk as far as 1/4 mile, probably on snowy ground. Bring lunch, warm clothes, appropriate footwear, a thermos of warm liquids, and a spotting scope if you have one.
Carpool cost $90 per car, divided among the passengers. When signing up, tell where you will meet the group and whether you have 4WD and are willing to drive.
 

Saturday, January 11, 2014 – Limit 11
Sequim
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:20 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, We’ll leave at 6:30 to catch the 7:10 Edmonds-Kingston Ferry

Spend a winter day in the rain shadow. The Sequim CBC consistently has the highest species count in Washington. We'll exploit this diversity looking for ducks (harlequin & long-tailed), shorebirds (dunlin & oystercatchers), raptors (merlin & peregrine) and passerines (varied thrush & chestnut-backed chickadee) in the diverse habitats of Sequim Bay State Park, Straits of Juan de Fuca, Dungeness Spit NWR and the Dungeness River Audubon Center. Dress for the weather (Sequim isn't always dry and it can be blustery). Bring lunch, ferry money, Golden Eagle Passports (or Federal Access permits). Drivers need Discover Passes. Scopes are a plus. Carpool cost: $30 plus $40 for the ferry for each car, divided among passengers excluding driver. Return via the 5:50 or 6:10 ferry.
 

Saturday, January 18, 2014 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

These areas are great places for loons, Brant, diving ducks and alcids.  Loons sometimes number in the hundreds. Long-tailed Ducks are also normally seen. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor and the Blaine Marina. Drivers will need a Discover Pass for Birch Bay S.P. Dress for cold/wet weather, bring drinks, lunch and snacks; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Car pool costs: $60 per car, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Limit 7 in 2 cars
Skagit Birds at a Photographer's Pace
Leader: Doug Schurman
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
On this trip we will slow down and take time to observe habitat and bird behavior.    We will explore the Fir Island area and make our way up to the Samish flats ending at West 90 where hopefully we'll see some raptors and Short-eared Owls. Everyone is welcome to bring cameras and tripods but certainly not required. Non-photographers are welcome too. Hope to find Geese, Swans and other birds along the way. Dress for the weather. Bring lunch and liquids.  Drivers need a Washington State Discovery Pass.  Back by late afternoon/early evening.  Carpool cost $50 each car shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, February 1, 2014 – Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader:  Evan Houston
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas Building and greenhouse

 
All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning/intermediate birders.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to identify as many avian species as possible; hopefully at least 40 species!  At this time of the year the Fill offers wintering water- and songbirds, raptors, and often produces a nice surprise as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one). Over by noon.   


Sunday, February 2, 2014 – Limit 14 in 4 or fewer cars
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller & Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)


Join us for a half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.  Carpool cost $4 per passenger.  Over at 12:30 p.m.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Meet aboard the 8:15 AM ferry from Fauntleroy


We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry!  We’ll look for Harlequin Ducks and auklets near the Vashon dock.  At Fisher Pond, we may find Wood Ducks and other puddle ducks.  On Tramp Harbor, we’ll scan through large flocks of scoters, scaup, goldeneye and wigeon to look for something unusual.  Don’t arrange rides in parking lot, meet on ferry.  Let Nature Shop know if you can drive when you sign up.  You can park for 4 hours in the southernmost parking lot at Lincoln Park (1 block north of the ferry dock) or find parking on nearby neighborhood streets.  Do not park on Fauntleroy Way or you risk getting towed.  Participants should plan to arrive early enough to park, purchase a ticket, and board the 8:15 a.m. ferry.  Ed will meet up with participants on the ferry.  Ed’s car will be on the island.  Carpool cost:  $6 plus cost of ferry ($7.85 per passenger plus a share of $13.55 car and driver ticket).


Sunday, February 9, 2014
Discovery Park
Leaders:  Arn and Kathy Slettebak
7:15 AM, Discovery Park Visitor’s Center parking lot @ entrance on Government Way


We’ll hike a leisurely 3 to 4-mile walk with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail with a possible side trip down to the South Beach. We will explore forest, field and beach habitats looking for resident and winter birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water and snacks.  Over by noon.


Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Limit 11 in three cars
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:15 AM, North Jackson Park P&R


Whidbey Island is a good birding location most any time of year. We should still have a good variety of waterfowl, loons, grebes and alcids around. We’ll keep our eye out for raptors and search out all the small passerines. Weather is still variable, so dress for cold and possibly rainy. Bring lunch, fluids, scopes,  Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. The North Jackson Park P&R is located just north of NE 145th St. (be careful not to turn into the I-5 north on-ramp, but go about a ½ block north and turn left into the P&R). Carpool cost $50 shared between passengers plus share of ferry.


Saturday, February 22, 2014 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Samish Flats
Leaders:  Penny Bolton & Julie Monahan
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
The Samish Flats offers some of the best winter raptor and waterfowl viewing in the state.  Join recent Master Birder grads for some great birding.  All skill levels welcome.  Expect to see Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Bald Eagles.  With luck we’ll find a Peregrine Falcon and perhaps American Kestrel, Merlin and Short-eared Owls.  On Padilla Bay we will see the various loons, scoters, mergansers, grebes and ducks aplenty.  Bring a scope if you can.  Dress for cold, wet and windy conditions.  Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, and a Discover Pass if you have one.  Return in early evening.  Carpool cost $50 shared by riders.
 

Saturday, March 1, 2014 – Limit 11 (3 cars)
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:15 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Take a ride on the West Side!  Explore the Northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  Visit birding hot spots like Salsbury Point County Park, Oak Bay, Mystery Bay, and Fort Flagler State Park.  See historic Nordland and Pt Wilson.  Expect a diversity of bird families, raptors, shorebirds, alcids, water fowl, and passerines.  We'll catch the 7:10 a.m. Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, bird the day away, and return in the late afternoon.  Dress for inclement weather, hope for sun, expect a good time.  Bring a lunch, binoculars, scopes, money for the ferry, and carpool costs, and a spirit of adventure.  Drivers need a current Discover Pass.  Carpool cost: $18.75 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, March 1, 2014 - Limit 10
Skagit WMA, Fir Island
Leaders:  Jan Bragg and Travis Keay
8:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 8:45 AM at Ash Way P&R, SE corner, Lynnwood (exit #183)


There should still be raptors, snow geese and other winter waterfowl around. We will be walking over uneven ground at the Wildlife Management Area which allows hunting; be prepared to see hunters and guns, and please bring something red to wear in case we go out on the dikes. We will be carpooling in 3 vehicles but will try to limit car-birding.  There will be some off-road driving, down dirt roads to access points.  Drivers will need a current Discover Pass.  Carpool cost: $26 shared by riders.  Back mid-afternoon.


Saturday, March 22 - Limit 10
Grays Harbor and Ocean Shores
Leaders: Suzy Hunter and Andy McCormick
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
We’re heading to the coast for an early spring trip to look for some of the thousands of shorebirds that migrate through this area each year. We’ll be looking for other early migrants and some late wintering birds as well. We’ll make stops at Grays Harbor NWR, Point Brown Jetty, Damon Point and a few other places in between. Stops may change depending on the birds reported at the time of the trip. Scopes will be helpful. Dress for the weather, and bring a lunch, drinks and snacks. Over by early evening. Carpool cost: $75.00 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, March 22, 2014
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Leader: George Gerdts
9:45 AM, Winslow City Dock. Boat leaves at 10:00 AM. Seattle participants can meet George at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal and he will lead you on the short 1/4 walk to the City Dock.


Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island aboard an 80 foot catamaran; viewing Eagle Harbor, Blakely Rock, Restoration Point, Rich Passage, Port Orchard,  and Agate Pass.  Expect to see multiple species of loons, sea ducks (including Harlequin and Long-tailed Ducks), grebes (with a chance for Clark's and Eared), cormorants, and rocky-shore sandpipers. Over by 2:00 p.m.

Sign up: This trip is being offered through the Bainbridge Island (BI) Parks and Recreation Department. Sign-up is open. YOU MUST CALL THE BI PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP! ASK FOR OUTING #131850-01. Participants can pay with a credit card and get a receipt right over the phone.  The cost is $75.00. A $15 donation from the proceeds of the trip will be made to Seattle Audubon Society (SAS) for each member who registers.  Please indicate if you are a SAS member when you register and pay the $75. If you leave your e-mail address when registering, George can forward explicit directions and a map.


Saturday, March 29, 2014 – limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders:  Alex MacKenzie, Sharon Ellard
7:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the greenhouses

 
All levels of birding skill welcome on this very early spring 3 mile walk.  We expect wrens, some early migrants, raptors and waterfowl.  The Fill often provides a look at (or sound of) the unexpected bird.  We should find 40 species.  Bring binoculars, a scope if you own one.  Wear layers, be prepared for rain and have boots for the mud.  Expect mostly flat terrain.  You may want to bring snacks and water.  Since restrooms are scarce, you will want to stop at the U Village QFC before you arrive.  Over by about 11:30 a.m.   


Saturday, March 29, 2014 - Limit 6
Snoqualmie Valley Woods and Water
Leaders:  Scott Ramos and Tiffany Linbo
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Snoqualmie Valley offers a nice mixture of woodland birds, a variety of waterfowl and likely raptors. We will walk a couple of the parks in the valley (e.g., Tolt-MacDonald Park) as well as inspect the river (Stillwater) and nearby lakes (e.g., Sikes Lake). Bring lunch/snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and footwear for hiking (up to 3 or 4 miles) in rocky and muddy areas. Return mid to late afternoon. Carpool cost: $15, shared equally by riders.

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Limit 12
Des Moines Creek
Leader: Jan Bragg
8:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 9:30 AM at Des Moines Marina public restrooms


This is a good place to go for a long walk (2 miles each way) if you don't mind the roar of jet airplanes overhead.  We will be looking for signs of breeding resident birds like Anna's Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Bushtit.  We may get lucky and see or hear warblers.  And there may still be a winter duck on the sound.  Dress for the weather.  We will be mostly on asphalt, with short excursions off trail.  Over by early afternoon.


Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Limit 8
Magnuson Park
Leader: Evan Houston
Meet: 7:00 AM, take NE 65th St. off Sand Point and meet in the NE corner of E5 lot


Magnuson Park’s mix of forest and water habitats can be especially productive during spring migration, and also offers a nice walk, all within the confines of the Seattle city limits.  This morning outing trip is targeted to birders of all levels who are strong walkers, and are interested in using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible, including some early spring migrants such as swallows and some warblers.  Expect to walk up to 5 miles with some elevation change.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks, and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the unpredictable spring weather.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Trip will last about 4-5 hours.


Friday, April 25, 2014 - Limit 14
Ellensburg Area
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts lot - across street from Issaquah Transit Center)


Depending on weather we may start birding somewhere around Cle Elum – or instead maybe head straight to the sage east of Ellensburg – then likely finish up in the canyons in the afternoon. Bring lunch; return early evening. Carpool cost: $62.50 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Limit 10
Columbia Slope, Birder’s Corner, Othello and the Potholes
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Jim Owens
6:00 AM, southwest corner of the Issaquah Transit Center’s first floor


During a long day in the field, we'll bird on the Columbia Slope and in the Potholes region with multiple stops, including the Quilomene Wildlife Area and Birder’s Corner. We’ll look for Sandhill Cranes, American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, Burrowing Owls, and returning waterfowl and shorebirds. Bring appropriate clothing – comfortable shoes, adequate layers, and at least a wind breaker. Also bring plenty of snacks, lunch, and money for dinner en route home because we'll be back late evening. Driver will need a Discover Pass. Carpool Cost: $100 per car shared equally by riders.


Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Limit 7
Snoqualmie Point Bird & Hike
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Snoqualmie Point is the northern access point to the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. It climbs through alder woods, a recent clearcut and conifer forest, thus offering a varied set of habitats. Expect to see and hear a variety of passerines. With luck, we may encounter Red Crossbills, Varied Thrush and Sooty Grouse. And raptors are always a possibility. We will hike about 5 miles, with an elevation gain of 1500 feet, both on trail and on old logging roads. Bring snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and hiking boots. Return mid afternoon. Carpool cost: $12, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, April 27 – Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, Meet in north parking lot near tennis courts


Nesting season has begun and birds will be courting and singing on territories. Red-winged Blackbirds, Bald Eagles, grebes, woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds, sparrows--we will just have to see what we find. Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot-gear is needed. Back by noon. 
 

Sunday, May 4, 2014 – Limit 8
Discovery Park Half Day
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
Birdathon Donation: $15
6:30 AM, Environmental Learning Center


We will explore forest, meadow and wetlands with some elevation gain and loss as we walk the loop and other trails.  Dress for the weather.  Bring binoculars, (scope if you want to carry it) snacks and water.   Over by 11 a.m.  


Sunday, May 4 2014 - Limit 6 (2 cars)
King County Big Day
Leaders: Michael Hobbs & Matt Bartels
Birdathon Donation: $25
5:30 AM, Marymoor Park near the Clise Mansion


We will start with the sunrise at Marymoor, and then move around the county birding at a fast pace until sunset. Partiicpants should log more than 100 species, but the emphasis is on having pun.  Bring food and drink, and dress for weather and fast walking. Contact leaders for info on pre-trip owling.  Carpool cost $40, shared equally by riders.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - Limit 11
Grays Harbor
Leader: Brian H. Bell
Birdathon Donation: $25
5:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


May can be good for shorebirds in the Grays Harbor area – we will explore the most likely good spots depending on reports during the week before. This will be a long day trip, come prepared for a relatively fast paced trip. Bring lunch, scopes, Discovery Pass if you have one. We will carpool in three cars. Carpool cost $80 per car, shared equally by riders.


Saturday, May 10, 2014  – Limit 10
Bike and Bird - Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Duvall towards Carnation
Leaders: Jean Olson and Kathleen Morley
Birdathon Donation: $25
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Bike and Bird the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a Rails to Trails that follows the Snoqualmie River from Duvall towards North Bend.  It is flat and composed of gravel and rock, so a cross or mountain bike is recommended. Habitats include lowland deciduous forest, riparian shrubs and small ponds. Possibilities include migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, raptors and songbirds.  We will ride around 10 miles total, frequently stopping along the way, and returning to the trailhead.

Bring binoculars, your bike helmet, snacks, water and clothing layers for changes in weather.  For logistics reasons, we do not recommend bringing scopes.  You should be comfortable on a bike and children are welcome with parents. We will convoy from the Green Lake P&R to the trail, so transporting your bike in your vehicle is necessary.  Bring Discovery Pass for parking at the trailhead. The ride will be over by early to mid-afternoon, depending on the birds.


Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Limit 8
Umtanum Creek Recreational Area
Leader:  Vicki King
Birdathon Donation: $25
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Join Vicki for a roughly 4-mile hike in the beautiful Yakima River Canyon, south of Ellensburg.  It should be a productive day as we search for such migrants as Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Cliff Swallows, Lewis Woodpecker and others. A variety of raptors are also likely. The trail is relatively level but hiking shoes are advisable because some areas are rocky.  Bring a lunch, beverages, snacks, and a scope if you have one. Back around 6 p.m.  BLM manages the parking lot and charges $5/per car for the day.  Carpool cost $66 per car, shared equally by riders. Back around 6 p.m.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Limit 10
Umtanum Creek Recreational Area
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
Birdathon Donation: $25
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Join Neil for a 4-mile round trip hike searching for a variety of passerines. Umtanum Creek Recreational area always hosts of a good variety of birds. We will hike up the canyon in search of Yellow-breasted Chat, Chukar, Prairie Falcon, Lazuli Bunting, and Lewis Woodpecker amongst many others. Bring lunch, lots of water; back late afternoon. Carpool cost $66 per car, divided equally among riders.


Sunday, May 18, 2014 – Limit 3
Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and Environs (Pierce County)
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
Birdathon Donation: $25
7:00 AM


Investigate the diversity of habitats and birds during this visit to a de facto wildlife refuge. JBLM habitats include the largest prairie and the largest naturally occurring stand of Ponderosa pine in the Puget lowlands. Due to troop training, we can only visit places that are open for recreation, and these areas change each day. Everyone must have either a state or US photo ID to get on base (WA state driver license preferred to get Range Control pass).  Bring optics (Denis has a spare scope), lunch, and potables; and dress appropriately.
Denis will bring in one carload of three SAS Bird-a-thon birders and will be the only driver on base, to minimize security questions. Once you’re confirmed as being on the trip, contact Denis for trip details, directions, etc. Because this trip is Limited, please be sure you will be available on the day of the trip (barring unforeseen circumstances). (Note: the trip leader won’t accept carpool fees for his portion of the trip to/from and on JBLM, but if participants carpool to his home, the driver should be compensated.)


Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Birdathon Donation $25
Meet on 8:25 AM ferry from Fauntleroy, park in south most Lincoln Park parking lot


We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry! There may still be Rhino Auklets and Common Murre on the way over. We'll bird a little at the dock on the Vashon side, catching the last of the water birds in breeding plumage such as the bright white plumes on the Brandt’s Cormorant.  We’ll head to Fisher Pond, which may be covered with Wood Duck and Mallard broods. We’ll also visit Mukai Pond to look and listen for flycatchers and warblers. Don’t arrange rides in parking lot, meet on ferry.  Let Nature Shop know if you can drive when you sign up – we’ll need 2 cars (plus Ed’s car).  You can park for 4 hours in the southernmost parking lot at Lincoln Park (1 block north of the ferry dock) or find parking on nearby neighborhood streets.  Do not park on Fauntleroy Way or you risk getting towed.  Participants should plan to arrive early enough to park, purchase a ticket, and board the 8:15 a.m. ferry.  Ed will meet up with participants on the ferry.  Ed’s car will be on the island.  Carpool cost:  $6 plus cost of ferry ($7.85 per passenger plus a share of $13.55 car and driver ticket).
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Limit: 12
Snoqualmie Pass to the Columbia
Leader: Dave Swayne
Birdathon Donation:  $25
6:00 AM, Tibbetts Valley Park and Ride


We'll cover a variety of habitats between Snoqualmie Pass and the Columbia, returning in late afternoon or early evening. Spotting scopes may be helpful. Carpool cost $50 divided among passengers in each car.


Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Limit 10
East Cascades Foothills and Robinson Canyon
Leaders: Jim Owens and Jeanelle Richardson
Birdathon Donation: $25
6:00 AM, southwest corner of the Issaquah Transit Center’s first floor


We'll start at the crest of the Cascades and bird our way east along a route that will include Bullfrog Pond, the Northern Pacific Ponds, Swauk Prairie, Reecer Creek,  and finally either Umtanum Road or the base of Robinson Canyon, looking and listening for warblers, vireos, bluebirds, nuthatches, flycatchers, Western Tanagers and other birds breeding on the dry side of the Cascades. Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, a Discover Pass, sun protection and clothing appropriate for warm weather. Scopes are optional, but could be useful. Back by early evening. Carpool cost $60, shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - Limit 11
Kittitas County
Leader: Brian H. Bell
5:00 AM, Tibbets P&R (across from Issaquah P&R)


We’ll work our way down the east slope of the Cascades to Cle Elum, and then on to Umtanum Rd. We may go as far as Wenas Campground. We’ll be looking for passerines, woodpeckers, raptors, and sage birds. Bring lunch, fluids, a Discovery Pass if you have one. We’ll carpool in three cars. Carpool cost: $60 divided among the passengers in each car.


Saturday, June 7, 2014 - Limit 11
Birding By Ear at Soos Creek Park
Leader: Mark Johnston
7:30 AM, Kent/James Street P&R – on south side of James Street directly across from Showare Center.


Spend the morning birding Soos Creek Park on Kent’s East Hill. The area has a wonderful mix of riparian forest and other habitats, which host an exceptional diversity of birds. We’ll attempt to view as many species as possible, but will focus on identification by voice. Please dress for the weather and bring liquids, snacks, etc.  Carpool Cost: $30.00, shared equally by riders.  We’ll walk approximately 4 miles and be back by 1 P.M.
 

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - Limit 12
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Leaders:  Sharon Ellard, Cara Borre, and Julie Monahan
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 7:00 AM, Issaquah Park & Ride (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)


About 5 hours will be spent birding up to 5 miles at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah. Passerines including vireos, warblers and flycatchers will be heard. Bring food, water, and quiet raingear. Carpool cost: $15.00, shared equally by riders who choose to meet at Ravenna Park & Ride. Discover Passes required for drivers.


Saturday, June 21, 2014
Protection Island Sunset Cruise
Leader: George Gerdts
6:00 PM, From City Dock in Port Townsend


Cruise in comfort to Protection Island, with George Gerdts as leader/naturalist.  The “Glacier Spirit” is a comfortable, diesel-powered yacht.  It has a P.A. system which allows announced sightings to be heard from both inside and outside the ship.  There is excellent viewing from inside the craft and ample viewing space outside on the front deck. Protection Island is a 400 acre National Wildlife Refuge at the entrance to Discovery Bay. It is a very special place, indeed—over 70% of the marine birds which nest in Puget Sound make Protection Island their breeding ground. Some 6000 pairs of Glaucous-winged Gulls, 22,000 pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets, thousands of Pigeon Guillemots, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, and a few pairs of Black Oystercatchers nest on the island.  One of the main attractions is the nesting colony of the outrageous TUFTED PUFFIN —- some 20-30 pairs nest in the bluffs.  The concentrations of birds can be truly spectacular.  Harbor Seals use the remote and protected site as a major haul-out area.  Other marine mammal sightings are also possible.  Since Rhinoceros Auklets are crepuscular/nocturnal feeders, we may get to see the adults carrying food back to their burrows to feed their single chicks.

Cost is $85.00/participant. Audubon members will have 20% of the trip cost ($17.00) donated to SAS. The Glacier Spirit leaves from Port Townsend at 6:00 p.m. sharp and returns between 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Boarding will start at 5:45 p.m.  Coffee, soft drinks, and appetizers will be provided, but feel free to bring your own light dinner; and dress in appropriate layers.  The Strait can be very cool, even in June.


Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Limit 8
Birding by Ear for Beginners, at Discovery Park
Leader: Jordan Gunn
6:00 AM, Discovery Park South Parking Lot (access of Emerson St)


We’ll take a leisurely 3-4 hour walk around the park, listening for the songs and calls of the birds that nest in the park.  The emphasis will be on learning how to identify these vocalizations, but we’ll also work on basic identification skills and talk about bird behavior.  Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Limit 12
Big Four Area, Granite Falls
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
6:30 AM at Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:00 AM at Big Four Ice Caves Parking lot.


The Big 4 area lies along the Stillaguamish River east of Granite Falls. Spring mountain birding is at its best here. The trail takes you on a boardwalk across a fresh water marsh (expect to see Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Flycatchers, Warblers), across a bridge over the south fork of the Stillaguamish River (look for Dippers, Common Merganser, Harlequin Ducks and Spotted Sandpiper), into the forest (Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Western Wood-Pewees and Varied Thrushes are common) and eventually to a huge cirque that ends at a lookout area (we'll plan to eat lunch here). Drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass (available at REI, any National Park office or national forest office). Bring lunch and wear hiking boots and expect to walk a leisurely 2 miles round trip, 200' gain. Trip will be over in afternoon. Carpool cost of $35 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Limit 10
Vantage to Ellensburg
Leaders: Blair Bernson and Jean Olson
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW)


Join us for a trip to the Vantage and Ellensburg areas.  We'll look for sage brush specialties such as Sage, Brewer's and Vesper Sparrow and hope to see bluebirds, orioles, Lazuli Buntings and many other eastern breeders.  Please pack your lunch and snacks, and prepare for hot and possibly windy weather – remember fluids!. Sunblock and bug spray recommended. Carpool cost: $65 each car shared equally by riders.


Saturday, July 5, 2014
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
9:00AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center


Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter at the west edge of the E-1 parking lot (boat launch), next to little drive-in road.

This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approximately 3 hours spotting year-round resident birds and arriving winter migrants from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, and Wetlands Complex, keeping our eyes and ears out for Pacific Chorus Frogs, ducklings, nestlings, and more!  Be prepared for approximately 2 miles of walking, up hill and down. If you wish to borrow binoculars, make sure to request them from the SAS office when you register.


Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Limit 11
South Cle Elum Ridge
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across street from Issaquah P&R


South Cle Elum Ridge includes numerous habitats and the largest breeding bird diversity for Washington.  Over 100 bird species were confirmed or possible breeders in this section.  We'll search wetlands around Cle Elum for Swallows, Warblers, and Wood Ducks.  Check the feeders in town for Rufous, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, as well as Cassin's and House Finches. Then we'll proceed up along Taneum Creek to the forests above I-90.  Everything from Veeries and Canyon Wrens to Williamson's Sapsuckers and Evening Grosbeaks have been observed on this leg of the journey.  Finally a great view of the Cle Elum Valley and North Cascades from the high point of our trip.  The high country part of the trip depends on the snow conditions and may have to be abandoned if snow-covered roads are encountered.  Bring lunch.  We'll return between 5-6 p.m.  Scopes and cameras welcome.  The wild flower bloom should be starting.  Carpool cost $45 shared equally by riders.


Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Limit 7 in 2 cars
Iron Bear Peak (Kittitas County)
Leader: Scott Ramos
5:00 AM,
Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Hike the dry side of the Cascades, at the end of FS 9714, through open pine forest and riparian habitats to a mountaintop viewpoint in the Teanaway/Blewett Pass region. This is a great hike to practice your birding by ear skills, as you are constantly taunted by invisible vireos, warblers and flycatchers. With luck we could see a Williamson’s Sapsucker or Mountain Bluebird. Besides all the lower montane species, we may find Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Lazuli Buntings — maybe even a Goshawk. Return late afternoon or early evening. We will hike about 7 miles round trip, with elevation gain of 1600 ft, topping out at 5500 ft. This is a moderately strenuous hike, so wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack and lunch, plus a minimum of 2 liters of water. Drivers need to bring Northwest Forest Pass. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.

 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Limit 10
Naches Peak Flower Walk, Mt. Rainier NP
Leader: Barb Jensen
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 8:00 AM at Enumclaw Safeway


We are at year 26 for offering this trip; it started as part of an obligation to donate hours of service in return for the Master Birder training. We’ve had snow on the trail, rain, fog, rescued people and John even gave tickets to people with dogs on the trail (he was Chief Ranger back then) and of course, glorious weather and great times with wonderful people. This five-mile loop trail is one of the best wildflower hikes in the northwest! The trail ranges in elevation from 5,000’ to 6,000’ and affords grand views of Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks, Mt. Adams and the Pacific Crest Trail. It is lined with subalpine flowers exploding in color and mountain goats, marmots, elk, and east slope birds like Swainson’s Hawk and Golden Eagle have been seen on this trip. Bring your lunch, water and sunscreen. Wear hiking boots and dress for possible mountain rainy weather or a hot day. Return by 5 p.m. Carpool cost: $45 from Ravenna, $22 from Enumclaw shared equally by riders.  NOTE: When you sign up please indicate  meeting place.


Sunday, August 3, 2014 - Limit 11
Spencer Island
Leader: Lee Barnes
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Let's take a Sunday stroll at Spencer Island.  Known as a miniature Nisqually, Spencer Island presents a wide variety of birds.  The residents should be present, migration of shore birds is just beginning and you never know what might show up.  Water fowl, some shore birds, or a raptor or two.  If time permits, we'll check out the Jetty Island access looking for gulls and osprey.  Car pool cost $15 divided among passengers.  Drivers will need Discover Pass.  Over around noon.


Sunday, August 17, 2014 - Limit 9
Sunrise – high-elevation birds and a hike, Mt Rainier NP
Leaders: Jon Houghton, Cara Borre, and John White  
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 7:00 AM, South Renton P&R (South Grady Way and Shattuck Ave. So.)  

 
In addition to beautiful scenery and a challenging day hike, we should see some high-elevation birds, with hopefully a treat or two such as a Rosy-Finch or Ptarmigan.  Weather-permitting, we’ll most likely hike to Mt. Fremont and part of the Burroughs Mountain Loop, a hike of 8 miles with over 1,500 feet of elevation gain, all at high elevation. You should be in good physical condition for this outing and prepared for a strenuous hike (with lots of stops for wildlife and scenery!).  Bring binoculars, lunch (we’ll picnic on the trail), 2 liters water, and multiple layers of clothing to be prepared for unpredictable high-elevation weather.  Back by about 7-7:30 p.m. If you have a valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass, please bring it. Carpool cost $50 or $60 + $15 per car for park entrance fee, shared equally by riders.  NOTE:  Please indicate meeting place when signing up for trip.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
8:00 AM, south parking lot of Lincoln Park to catch the 8:25 AM Fauntleroy ferry - consolidate into 2 cars as per Ed’s instructions and drive or walk to meet Ed at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal (located at the end of the dock). Ed’s car will be waiting on the Vashon side


We may check the tidepools under the dock on the Vashon side for sea creatures if the tide is low enough.  We'll go to Fisher Pond to look for Wood Ducks, shorebirds, and passerines and then out to Fern Cove to look for shorebirds and gulls.  Several gull species will be just coming back and resting on the beach. Bring lunch and water. Back by 12:30-1:00 p.m. Carpool costs: $9 plus cost of ferry ($5 per passenger and $17.40 for car under 14’/driver).


Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor area
Leader: Brian H. Bell  
6:00 AM, S. 272nd St. P&R (Star Lake in Kent west of I-5)  

 
Shorebirds start moving south in early summer, and by August should be present in good numbers. We’ll explore the most likely locations searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.


Saturday, September 6, 2014  - Limit 10
Grays Harbor Area
Leader: Andy McCormick
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Early September is an excellent time to look for shorebirds migrating along our southwest coast. We’ll bird the shoreline in the morning looking for Western and Least Sandpipers, dowitchers, yellowlegs, and plovers, and also for gulls and seabirds that are coming into our area. We’ll have some time to explore for land birds too. Exact route will be determined later but may include Bottle Beach, and Tokeland or the Grays Harbor NWR and Ocean Shores depending on sightings closer to our trip date. Scopes will be helpful. Dress in layers for the weather, and bring a lunch, drinks and snacks. We will need two drivers with Discover Passes. Carpool in three cars only. Carpool cost is  $75 shared among passengers.  Back by early evening.


Sunday, September 7, 2014 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park


We will see lots of feeding activity at the park’s peapatch that includes American Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Anna's Hummingbirds. Down at the wetlands, we hope to find Bald Eagles, Great-blue Heron, and grebes out on Lake Washington. This easy walk through the park will take about three hours. Be mindful of the weather. If it has been raining, the trails will be muddy.


Saturday, September 13, 2014 – Limit 10
Bike and Bird - Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Duvall towards Carnation
Leader: Jean Olson
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 9:00 AM, Duvall P&R


Bike and Bird the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a Rails to Trails that follows the Snoqualmie River from Duvall towards North Bend.  It is flat and composed of gravel and rock, so a cross or mountain bike is recommended. Habitats include lowland deciduous forest, riparian shrubs and small ponds. Possibilities include migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, raptors and songbirds.  Birding from a bicycle is a great way to practice your birding by ear skills.  We will ride around 10 miles total, frequently stopping along the way, and returning to the trailhead.

Bring binoculars, your bike helmet, snacks, water and clothing layers for changes in weather.  For logistics reasons, we do not recommend bringing scopes.  You should be comfortable on a bike and children are welcome with parents. For participants in the Seattle area, we will convoy from the Ravenna P&R to the trail.  Carpools are an option, please let us know if you have room for extra bikes or need a way to transport your bike.   The ride will be over by early to mid-afternoon, depending on the birds and participant wishes.


Saturday, September 13, 2014 – Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leader: Evan Houston
7:00 AM, Discovery Park SOUTH parking lot (access from W. Emerson St.)


All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to birders of all levels who are strong walkers.  We’ll focus on using both eye and ear to observe as many avian species as possible, including a mix of fall migrants such as warblers and flycatchers.  Discovery Park offers a nice combination of a good walk, a nice mix of birds in habitats ranging all the way from mixed forest to saltwater, and often rewards you with a surprise or two, especially during migration.  Expect to walk up to 5 miles with moderate elevation change.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks, and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the unpredictable fall weather.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by about 11:00 a.m.


Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Limit 11
Grays Harbor
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


September is a good time to look for southbound shorebirds in the Grays Harbor area. We will search out the best spots to find them, probably including Bottle Beach, Westport and maybe Tokeland. We’ll keep our eye out for other interesting birds. Scopes very helpful. Come with a lunch, and fluids, and dress for any weather. We will carpool to three cars. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Return by 6 p.m. or so. Carpool cost of $75 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, September 27, 2014 – Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (NE 145th  P&R)


We'll be exploring Whidbey for shorebirds, waterfowl and songbirds. We will drive up I-5 to the north end of Whidbey Island first and then work our way south to the Clinton ferry at the end of the day. We will be driving to different locations and taking short walks. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes are very helpful. We will return about 6 p.m. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Carpool cost: $38 shared equally by riders, plus the cost of the ferry.


Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor area
Leader: Tim Boyer
6:00 AM, Wilburton P&R (Exit 12 on I-405)


We’ll concentrate on the shorebirds we find on the northern side of Grays Harbor spending the day at multiple locations in Ocean Shores. This will allow for a more leisurely approach and we’ll spend some extra time at each location.  During low tides in the morning we’ll be on the outer beaches and North Jetty.   During the afternoon at high tide, we’ll go inland to search for roosting shorebirds birds and rarities.  October is a great time to find those fall shorebird rarities! Scopes will be helpful. Dress in layers for the weather, drivers (we’ll need 2) will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. We’ll be back around 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost $75 shared by riders.


Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Limit 12
Seward Park
Leader: Gary Kelsberg
Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot by the children's playground (immediately south of entrance to park, drive straight at stop sign from Lake Washington Blvd and park) Seward Park Address: 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S.


Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path. In addition to sparrows, waterfowl, gulls, and crows, we may be fortunate to find Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers. Please be prepared for rain and cool weather. Consider bringing a snack. Trails can be muddy. Over by 1:00 p.m.  Car pool cost: none, we'll meet in the parking lot and walk from there.


Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Sharon Ellard and Alex MacKenzie
8:30 AM, parking lot east of Center for Urban Horticulture (near greenhouse area), 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195


We hope to find 40+ avian species in this morning outing. Our list at this time of year should include a variety of water birds, native sparrows, winter migrants, and an unexpected highlight or two.  Since restroom facilities are very limited, stop by the QFC at the University Village on the way to field trip site.  Expect to spend about three hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the wetlands and small woodlands the Fill provides.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm while exposed to the elements. Boots are recommended. Scopes are welcome. Should be over by noon.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - Limit 10
Ellensburg Area
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:30 AM, Issaquah P&R (Tibbetts lot - across street from Issaquah Transit Center)


We'll likely start birding somewhere around Snoqualmie Pass if the weather cooperates, make our way towards Ellensburg, then likely finish up in the canyons to the north. Bring lunch; return early evening. Carpool cost: $62.50 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, November 1, 2014 – Limit 6
Point No Point, Hansville area
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Jordan Gunn
5:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


What’s the Point? Point No Point is a premier birding location located on the Kitsap Peninsula, attracting many great birds year-round. For this trip, we'll be looking for any late shorebirds and passerine migrants, jaegers and gulls, and returning waterfowl, including loons, grebes and alcids. Scopes helpful. Bring a lunch and dress in layers in case of inclement weather. Back mid-afternoon. Carpool cost: $20 each car shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry).


Sunday, November 9, 2014 – Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:15 AM, Environmental Learning Center (aka the Visitor's Center) at the main entrance to the park on Government Way


We will take a leisurely 2-3 mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on and off the loop trail exploring forest, field and wetland habitats.  Over by 11:30 a.m. The meadows and the bluffs can be very windy.  Dress for weather.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – Limit 11 in three cars
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
6:00 AM

A perfect trip for coffee drinkers: chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes. Dress for blustery weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry). Discover Pass needed by drivers.


Friday, November 14, 2014 – Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Paul and Barbara Webster
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Fall is an excellent time to explore the varied habitats of Whidbey Island. We'll look for seabirds, returning ducks, gulls, raptors and songbirds. Bring rain gear, lunch, snacks and plenty of fluids. Scopes are very helpful.  Back by early evening. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry). Discover Pass needed by drivers.


Saturday, November 22, 2014 – Limit 10
Samish Flats and Fir Island
Leaders: Penny Bolton and Sarah Peden
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

The Samish Flats and Fir Island offer some of the best winter raptor and waterfowl viewing in the state.  Join Penny and Sarah for some great birding.  All skill levels welcome.  Expect to see Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Bald Eagles.  With luck we’ll find a Peregrine Falcon and perhaps American Kestrel, Merlin and Short-eared Owls.  On Padilla Bay we will see the various loons, scoters, mergansers, grebes and ducks aplenty.  Bring a scope if you can.  Dress for cold, wet and windy conditions.  Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, and a Discover Pass if you have one.  Return in early evening.  Carpool cost $50 shared by riders.
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - Limit 11
Samish and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R


December is a good time to visit the Samish and Skagit flats with lots of raptors (hawks, eagles, falcons), waterfowl (ducks, Trumpeter & Tundra swans), maybe shorebirds and whatever else we can find. Come prepared for any weather, bring lunch, scopes, a Discover Pass if you have one. We will carpool in three cars, and will aim to be back by about 5 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared among passengers.
 

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse


All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to identify and observe as many bird species as possible; should be at least 40!  At this time of the year the Fill offers wintering water- and songbirds, raptors, and often produces a nice surprise as well.  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but muddy ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the wintry elements.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to carry it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.


Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion


Come see what birds are visiting the park.  We'll be looking for sparrows in the woods, ducks on the lake and gulls on the raft.  We'll be listening to any bird brave enough to sing.  And we'll be hoping for a raptor.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Expect to walk uphill and down, around the wetlands and along the lake shoreline.  You'll need footwear that can get wet and/or muddy.  Over by early afternoon.


Sunday, December 7, 2014 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Birding in Kent
Leader: Julie Monahan
7:30 AM, Tukwila P&R on Interurban (Exit 156 on I-5 South)


The area around Kent Ponds provides reliable birding for waterfowl, passerines and raptors (American Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon), and usually a surprise or two every fall and winter (including Red-shouldered Hawk and American Tree Sparrow). We’ll hit the highlights including the Grassy Knoll at the Green River Natural Area, the Puget Power Trail, Boeing Ponds, and the fields along 204th Street at Frager Road.  Over by noon, prepare for some muddy footing. Rain gear and boots recommended. (car pool cost $10, shared by riders, not driver).


Sunday, December 7, 2014 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Skagit Flats and Samish Bay
Leader: Gary Kelsberg
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


The winter migrants will be back in the Skagit Valley! We will look for returning swans, geese, ducks, and shorebirds, plus the eagles, hawks, and falcons that will also be looking for them.  We will drive from location to location, then do some walking in each spot, mostly on level gravel or dirt pathways. Please dress for cold, wet and windy conditions.  Bring lunch, snacks, and liquids.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  Scopes are useful (leader will bring a scope).  We'll return in the early evening. Carpool cost:  $50 each car shared equally by riders.


Saturday, December 14 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina, Birch Bay
Leaders: Neil Zimmerman and Carleen Zimmerman
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park (NE 145th Street) Park-&-Ride


Winter is a good time to look for loons, diving ducks and alcids. Loons sometimes number in the hundreds. Long-tailed Ducks are also normally seen. We’ll start at Semiahmoo and make our way to Drayton Harbor, the Blaine Marina and Birch Bay. Weather and time permitting, we will stop at Lake Terrell on our way home. Drivers will need a Discover Pass for Birch Bay S.P. Dress for cold/wet weather, bring fluids, lunch and snacks; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Costs: $60 shared equally by riders.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Meet aboard the 8:15 AM ferry from Fauntleroy

We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry!  We'll look for Harlequin Ducks and auklets near the Vashon dock. At Fisher Pond, we may find Wood Ducks and other puddle ducks. On Tramp Harbor, we'll scan through large flocks of scoters, scaup, goldeneye and wigeon to look for something unusual (past two years we’ve found Yellow-billed Loons). Those wanting to walk on to the ferry can park for four hours in the southern-most parking lot at Lincoln Park (1 block north of the ferry dock) or find parking on nearby neighborhood streets. Do not park on Fauntleroy Way or you risk getting towed. Participants should plan to arrive early enough to park, purchase a ticket, and board the 8:15 a.m. ferry. Ed will meet up with participants on the ferry. Two or three drivers will need to take their cars on to the ferry to Vashon. Ed's car will be on the island. Important: All participants please submit a good e-mail address when they sign up. Ed will e-mail everyone directly to confirm parking directions, who will drive, and where to meet. Carpool cost: $12.50 plus cost of ferry ($7.85 per passenger plus a share of $13.55 car and driver ticket). 
 

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Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Limit 10
West Seattle Waterfront
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Webster
8:00 AM, Jack Block Park, 2130 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle

 
Explore the West Seattle waterfront and neighboring greenbelts in search of wintering and resident species. We'll carpool to several spots and walk up to two miles on relatively easy terrain. There is a strong possibility of a bakery stop.  Dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Over around noon. Carpool cost: $3 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Limit 7
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor, Boundary Bay
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


January is a good time to look for loons, grebes, diving ducks, alcids, and possible wintering owls. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo and Drayton Harbor, check out the Blaine Marina and head across the border to scan the shoreline of Boundary Bay. You must have a passport or enhanced driver's license for the border crossing and drivers will need a Discover Pass for Birch Bay SP. Dress for cold weather, bring lunch, snacks and fluids; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by early evening. Carpool costs: $60 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, January 17, 2015 – Limit 11
Sequim
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:20 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, We’ll leave at 6:30 to catch the 7:10 Edmonds-Kingston Ferry


Spend a winter day in the rain shadow. The Sequim CBC consistently has the highest species count in Washington. We'll exploit this diversity looking for ducks (Harlequin & Long-tailed), shorebirds (Dunlin & oystercatchers), raptors (Merlin & Peregrine) and passerines (Varied Thrush & Chestnut-backed Chickadee) in the diverse habitats of Sequim Bay State Park, Straits of Juan de Fuca, Dungeness Spit NWR and the Dungeness River Audubon Center. Dress for the weather (Sequim isn't always dry and it can be blustery). Bring lunch, ferry money, Interagency Annual Pass (or Federal Access permits). Drivers need Discover Passes. Scopes are a plus. Carpool cost: $40 plus $40 for the ferry for each car, shared equally by riders. Return via the 5:30 or 6:10 ferry.


Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
Cedar River
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM,
Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll explore the “wet” spots in Renton, including the mouth of the Cedar River, Black River Riparian Area, and depending on time, Boeing Pond. We'll look for waterfowl, wintering sparrows, raptors, and gulls. Scopes helpful. Return by 1 p.m.  Carpool cost: $10 shared equally by riders.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Limit 7 in 2 cars
Bainbridge Island to Point No Point
Leader: George Gerdts
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R to form a carpool in 2 cars to take the 7:05 AM Bainbridge Island Ferry and meet George at the Bainbridge ferry terminal.


Join George Gerdts for a day of birding some of the best spots on Bainbridge Island, then head to Point No Point for the outgoing tide. We will have the group back at the Bainbridge ferry terminal in time to catch the 4:35 p.m. ferry back to Seattle. We'll be looking for shorebirds and waterfowl (including loons and alcids). Scopes helpful. Bring a lunch and dress in layers in case of inclement weather.  Walking from the cars up to a mile on level ground. Carpool costs: $15 plus $40 for the ferry shared equally by riders.


Sunday, February 1, 2015 – Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders:  Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

 
Join us for a super Sunday morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.   Carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less).  Carpool cost $4 per passenger.  Over at 12:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 7, 2015 -  Limit 11 in three cars
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:15 AM (to catch 8 AM ferry), North Jackson Park P&R


Whidbey Island is a good birding location most any time of year. We should have a good variety of waterfowl, loons, grebes and alcids around. We’ll keep our eye out for raptors and search out all the small passerines. Weather is still variable, so dress for cold and possibly rainy conditions. Bring lunch, fluids, scopes.  Drivers bring Discover Pass.  Carpool cost: $50 shared between passengers plus ferry fare.


Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North Parking Lot of the park


February is a good time to see wintering ducks and grebes. Luther Burbank Park has an impressive shoreline from which to watch ducks, grebes, cormorants, gulls and Belted Kingfisher. Fox Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Pacific Wren, Towhees, Anna's Hummingbirds, Kinglets, and a resident pair of Bald Eagle are likely to be seen. Meet in the North parking lot at 9 a.mM. The loop trip may be rainy and  muddy so dress accordingly.  Over by noon.


Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Limit 11
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Penny Bolton, Julie Monahan and Mary Russell
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:00 AM Nisqually Refuge Visitor’s Center


Come explore the beautiful Nisqually Wildlife Refuge with us! All levels of birders are welcome for this 4 mi level walk . There should be something for everyone on this trip including a variety of waterfowl in breeding plumage, Bald Eagles and other raptors, herons, passerines and perhaps even shorebirds. Tides will be good for viewing with a 12’ tide at 12:30. We will explore the tidal estuary on the boardwalk along with forested trails and marshes. Scopes helpful. Dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes and warm socks and bring rain gear along with a lunch. Depending upon the weather, we should finish our walk between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Carpool cost from Ravenna: $27.50 shared equally among riders.


Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Limit 10
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Winter
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Jordan Gunn
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
This trip will visit several fall hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start at the Nature Conservancy’s newly constructed tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta, go on to Thomle Road (if reports there are positive), and Eide Road to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Dry Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, and the fabled West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up in the Bow-Edison area. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area.  Warning!  Hunting seasons will be in progress so this could limit waterfowl viewing. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery!  Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds. Carpool costs:  Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to Ravenna by 6 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!).


Sunday, February 22, 2015  – Limit 15
Camano Island
Leaders: Miriam Gray
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:30 AM Stanwood QFC


Visit Camano Island and Stanwood hotspots (to be determined by leaders).  Habitats include extensive salt water, mudflats, marsh and beach, along with shrubs, cropland, and forested hillsides.  We’ll walk about a mile on easy terrain.  Bring boots, lunch and liquids.  Scopes a plus.  Over mid-afternoon. Drivers should have a Discover Pass. Leaders will be at Stanwood QFC at 8:30 AM. If carpooling from Ravenna P&R, meet at 7:30 a.m. and form carpools on your own.  Carpool cost from Ravenna: $35 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, February 28, 2015 – Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
7:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse

 

All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to identify and observe as many bird species as possible; should be at least 40!  At this time of the year the Fill offers wintering water- and songbirds, raptors, and often produces a nice surprise as well, including the possibility of the earliest spring migrants!  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but very muddy ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the wintry elements.  Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to carry it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.
 

Saturday, March 7, 2015 – Limit 11 (3 cars)
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Leader: Lee Barnes)
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R - leave promptly at 6:30 to catch the 7:10 ferry


 Take a ride on the West Side!  Explore the Northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  Visit birding hot spots like Salsbury Point County Park, Oak Bay, Mystery Bay, and Ft Flagler State Park.  See historic Nordland and Pt Wilson.  Expect a diversity of bird families, raptors, shorebirds, alcids, water fowl, and passerines.  We'll catch the 7:10 a.m. Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, bird the day away, and return in the late afternoon.  Dress for inclement weather, hope for sun, expect a good time.  Bring a lunch, binoculars, scopes, money for the ferry, and carpool costs, and a spirit of adventure.  Drivers need a current Discover Pass.  Carpool cost: $30 per car shared equally by riders. Ferry estimated at $12 per person.


Sunday, March 8, 2015
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Leader: George Gerdts
9:45 AM, Winslow City Dock. Boat leaves at 10:00 AM


Circumnavigate Bainbridge Island aboard the 80-foot“Admiral Pete” with George Gerdts, long-time SAS Member, as leader/naturalist. Expect great looks at three species of cormorants; sea ducks; rocky-shore sandpipers; a Bald Eagle or two; great scenery; and a unique, close-up view of the Bainbridge Island shoreline.  

The trip leaves the Winslow City Dock at 10:00 a.m. and will return by 1:30 p.m.  If coming from Seattle, plan to take the 8:45 ferry to Bainbridge Island as a walk-on.  George will meet the group at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal at 09:20 for the short walk to the "Admiral Pete".  If you plan to drive on, parking is available near the City Dock.

Price is $75, but SAS members will have 20% of the cost of the trip ($15.00) donated to SAS.  Be sure to tell the BI Parks, when you sign up, that you are a member of SAS, so that the donation can be made.


Sunday, March 15, 2015
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center


Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE.  Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1.

This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approximately 3 hours spotting birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, lake shore, and the entire Wetlands Complex including the new Shore Ponds.  We'll keep our eyes out for resident species plus wintering waterfowl such as Buffleheads, scaups, Northern Shovelers, and others.  And we'll listen for the mating calls of resident Pacific Chorus Frogs!  Be prepared for approximately 2 miles of walking, up hill and down. If you wish to borrow binoculars, make sure to request them from the SAS office when you register.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015   Limit 11 (3 cars)
Kittitas County Sage Birds
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:00 AM, Tibbetts P&R in Issaquah

 
March is a good time for sage birds in Kittitas County. We will meet at the Tibbetts P&R (I-90 exit 15, turn south to 3rd stop signal, turn left a block and then right into the P&R). We will work our way east from Ellensburg down to Vantage looking for Sage Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s Sparrow, and whatever else we can find. Bring lunch, scopes, and dress warmly. Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  Carpool cost $65 per car shared by riders.


Sunday, March 22, 2015 - limit 10 (3 cars)
Lower Duwamish - Jack Block Park to Hamm Creek
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Discover a string of parks and restored habitats along the Duwamish River in Seattle.  We’ll visit parks at the mouth of the Duwamish River (Jack Block Park), several south of the West Seattle Bridge (Terminal 105 and 107 Parks, Herrings House) and bird up to the farthest navigable point near Hamm Creek.  Expect to see a variety of birds, from sea ducks to passerines.  Join master birder Denis DeSilvis in exploring these often-overlooked, in-city parks.  Carpool cost $6 per car to be shared equally by riders.  End about 1 p.m.


Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, west side of boat launch parking lot off NE 65th St


A few migratory swallows and possibly a Savannah Sparrow may be back in the park.  We will be listening to bird sounds as well as looking at birds.  Be prepared to walk up hill and down, as well as to walk in the wetlands and along the shoreline to see what ducks are lingering.  Finding an active bird nest will be a goal. Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Dress for mud and wet ground.  Over by noon or early afternoon.
 

Sunday, April 5, 2015 – Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Sharon Ellard and Jean Olson
7:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the greenhouses

 
All levels of birding skill welcome on this very early spring 3 mile walk.  We expect wrens, some early migrants, raptors and waterfowl.  The Fill often provides a look at (or sound of) the unexpected bird.  We should find 40 species.  Bring binoculars, a scope if you own one.  Wear layers, be prepared for rain and have boots for the mud.  Expect mostly flat terrain.  You may want to bring snacks and water.  Since restrooms are scarce, you will want to stop at the U Village QFC before you arrive.  Over by about 11:30 a.m.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – Limit 10
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leader: Jean Trent
8:00 AM, 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, Juanita Bay Park parking lot


Explore a good mix of habitats, finding waterfowl, raptors, woodpeckers, swallows and perhaps a shorebird. The early migrants will be arriving, some of the wintering passerines will still be around, the resident birds will be singing and establishing territories, and there’s always the possibility of a surprise. Scopes helpful. Dress for the weather. Over by 11:00 a.m.


Saturday, April 18, 2015 – Limit 10
Kittitas County from Cle Elum to the Columbia
Leaders: Blair Bernson and Jordan Gunn
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


You should expect a quick paced trip covering a number of habitats. In Cle Elum we will hope to find Cassin's Finch, Evening Grosbeak, Pygmy Nuthatch, and migrants. As we move to Ellensburg and east through shrub-steppe and open habitats we will look for raptors and sagebrush specialties. Prairie Falcon and Chukar are possibilities and we will look for Rock, Canyon and House Wrens. We’ll end our day exploring along the Columbia River for lingering water birds and any surprises. If something special has shown up in the area, we will give chase. Dress for the weather and bring lunch, fluids and a scope if you have one. Drivers will need a current Discover Pass. Plan to be back early evening. Carpool cost is $70 shared by riders.


Sunday, April 19, 2015 - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy & Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at E entrance on Government Way


We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11 a.m.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Limit 10
Pierce County Lowland Hotspots
Leader: Michael Hobbs
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


This trip will explore some well-known and lesser-known hotspots in Pierce County.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for migrant passerines, shorebirds, marsh denizens, and anything else we can turn up. Dress for weather; bring binoculars, scopes if you have them, lunch, water & snacks.  Return by 5 p.m. Carpool cost: $40 each car shared equally among passengers. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass.


Saturday, April 25, 2015 – Limit 7
Snoqualmie Point Bird & Hike
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Snoqualmie Point is the northern access point to the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. It climbs through alder woods, a recent clearcut and conifer forest, thus offering a varied set of habitats. Expect to see and hear a variety of passerines. With luck, we may encounter Red Crossbills, Varied Thrush and Sooty Grouse. And raptors are always a possibility. We will hike about 5 miles, with an elevation gain of 1500 feet, both on trail and on old logging roads. Bring snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and hiking boots. Return mid-afternoon. Carpool cost: $12, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Limit 14 in 2 cars
Edmonds Pier and nearby
Leader: Penny Bolton
Birdathon Donation: $15
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


We will look at sea birds from the pier and beach, and search with both our binoculars and our ears for spring passerines in the nearby woods, wetlands, and meadows. Short walks on easy trails, good for city people. Over by noon. Car pool cost $12 divided among riders, plus $15 Birdathon donation to SAS.


Saturday, May 9, 2015 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor Area
Leader: Tim Boyer
Birdathon Donation: $25
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


We’ll concentrate on the shorebirds of Grays Harbor, going to the north side in the morning and the south side in the afternoon.  We’ll spend the day at multiple locations and during the high tide in the late afternoon we’ll be at Bottle Beach State Park.  Since the high tide is at 6:32 p.m., we’ll most likely end the fieldtrip at Bottle Beach.  This is the best time of year to find Red Knots at Bottle Beach, it’s also fitting that this is International Migratory Bird Day!  Dress in layers; bring plenty of snacks, water and lunch.  We’ll be back late, probably around 8 PM.  We’ll need two additional drivers with Discover passes. Carpool cost is $75 shared by riders, plus $25 per person Birdathon donation to SAS.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Limit 10
Umtanum Creek Recreational Area
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman
Birdathon Donation: $25
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


Join Neil and Carleen for a 4-mile round trip on a hiking trail searching for a variety of birds. Umtanum Creek Recreational area is in the Yakima Canyon, south of Ellensberg, It always hosts of a good variety of birds. We will hike up the canyon looking for Yellow-breasted Chat, Chukar, Prairie Falcon, Lazuli Bunting, and Lewis Woodpecker amongst many others. Bring lunch, lots of water; back late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost $66 per car, divided equally among riders.(Plus Birdathon donation to SAS, $25 per person)


Sunday, May 17, 2015 – Limit 10
Bike and Bird - Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Duvall towards Carnation
Leader: Jean Olson
Birdathon Donation: $25
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:30 AM, Duvall P&R (SR 203 & Woodinville/Duvall Road)


Bike and Bird the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a Rails to Trails that follows the Snoqualmie River from Duvall towards North Bend. It is flat and composed of gravel and rock, so a cross or mountain bike is recommended. Habitats include lowland deciduous forest, riparian shrubs and small ponds. Possibilities include migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, raptors and songbirds. We will ride between 10 and 15 miles total, frequently stopping along the way. Biking is a great way to practice your birding by ear.

Bring binoculars, your bike helmet, snacks, water and clothing layers for changes in weather.  For logistics reasons, we do not recommend bringing scopes.  You should be comfortable on a bike and children are welcome with parents. We will meet at the Ravenna P&R where we can carpool to the trail.  If you need bike transport, we may be able to accommodate you with prior arrangement otherwise you can transport your own bike.  The ride will be over by early to mid-afternoon, depending on the birds. Carpool cost $15 shared by riders plus Birdathon donation of $25.


Sunday, May 17, 2015 - Limit 6
Icicle Ridge Trail, Leavenworth
Leader: Tiffany Linbo
Birdathon Donation: $25
6:00 AM, Bothell P&R (10223 Woodinville Dr, Bothell)

Icicle Ridge is a great spring hike among Ponderosa pine and wildflowers of the east side of the Cascades. Expect and prepare for a 4 mile strenuous hike (~2,000 ft elevation gain in 2 miles) with a rewarding view of Icicle Canyon. Nashville Warblers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Warbling Vireos, Lazuli Bunting and Western Tanagers should be singing. With luck we might find White-headed Woodpecker. Time and interest permitting, we may stop at the Leavenworth Hatchery after the hike. Bring appropriate footwear, water, lunch and a Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass if you have one. Return late afternoon. Carpool costs: $50 shared equally by riders, plus $25 Birdathon donation to SAS.
 

Monday, May 18, 2015 - Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Birdathon Donation: $25
8:25 AM, Fauntleroy ferry, park in southern most Lincoln Park parking lot or nearby neighborhood street parking, meet on ferry itself


We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry! There may still be Rhino Auklets and Common Murre on the way over. We'll bird a little at the dock on the Vashon side, catching the last of the water birds in breeding plumage such as the bright white plumes on the Brandt's Cormorant.  We'll head to Fisher Pond, which may be covered with Wood Duck and Mallard broods. We'll also visit Mukai Pond to look and listen for flycatchers and warblers. Don't arrange rides in parking lot, meet on ferry.  Let Nature Shop know if you can drive when you sign up - we'll need 2 cars (plus Ed's car).  You can park for 4 hours in the southernmost parking lot at Lincoln Park (1 block north of the ferry dock) or find parking on nearby neighborhood streets.  Do not park on Fauntleroy Way or you risk getting towed.  Participants should plan to arrive early enough to park, purchase a ticket, and board the 8:25 AM ferry.  Ed will meet up with participants on the ferry. Carpool cost $6 and cost of ferry ($5.20 per passenger and share of $13.95 car ticket) shared equally by passengers plus $25 Birdathon donation.
 

Monday, May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day) – Limit 14
Camano Island
Leader: Andy McCormick
Birdathon Donation: $25
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


We will spend Memorial Day exploring Camano Island’s shoreline and saltwater marshes for seabirds, shorebirds, and the riparian and wooded areas for returning passerines and raptors. Specific areas include Livingston Bay, English Boom, Utsalady, and Iverson Spit. Small amounts of walking. Bring comfortable shoes, lunch and liquids. We will aim to head back to Seattle by 3 p.m. Carpool cost $30 shared by riders, plus $25 Birdathon.


Saturday, May 30, 2015 – Limit 10
Birding the High Country!
Fremont Lookout and the Burroughs
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Jean Olson
Birdathon Donation: $25
6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

This will be a rigorous hike through some of the most accessible and scenic highlands in the US!!  We’ll start at 6,400 feet at Sunrise and head for Mt. Fremont. It’s a 5.6-mile round trip and we’ll hope to add a couple of more miles, returning via First or Second Burroughs. Expect fabulous views and spring flowers!  Probably not a lot of birds, but they’ll be high altitude specialists with some pretty hard to find possibilities.  We’ll be birding sub-alpine parkland and alpine tundra for things like American Pipit, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Clark’s Nutcracker, White-tailed Ptarmigan, and Pine Grosbeak. Several other more exotic possibilities. This will be an all day trip with carpool cost: $50, shared equally by riders. Golden Age Passes (one per car) desirable.
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015 (half day)
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
Birdathon donation: $15 per person
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park


Directions: Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1. Link to park map

This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families. We will spend approx. 3 hrs spotting birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, lake shore, and the entire Wetlands Complex including the new Shore Ponds. We'll keep a lookout for annual summer visitors as well as year-round residents. And we'll look in the wetland ponds for resident Pacific Chorus Frog tadpoles and Dragonfly nymphs! Be prepared for approximately 2 miles of walking, up hill and down. If you wish to borrow binoculars, make sure to request them from the SAS office when you register.
 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Limit 10
Kittitas County
Leaders: Brian H. Bell and Jen McKeirnan
5:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R

We'll work our way down the east slope of the Cascades to Cle Elum, and then on to Umtanum Rd. We may go as far as Wenas Campground. We'll be looking for passerines, woodpeckers, raptors, and sage birds. Bring lunch and fluids. Drivers need a Discover Pass. We'll carpool in three cars. Carpool cost $60 shared equally by passengers.
 

Sunday, June 7, 2015 - Limit 12
Birding By Ear on the Tradition Plateau
Leaders: Sharon Ellard and Cara Borre
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 7:10 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R

Come to our third annual trip Birding by Ear on the Tradition Plateau! About 5 hours will be spent birding up to 5 miles at the base of Tiger Mountain near Issaquah. This location is remarkable for about 40 species of birds including migrants such as vireos (Red-eyed have always been found), warblers and flycatchers. Bring food, water, and rain gear. Carpool cost: $15.00, shared equally by passengers who choose to meet at Green Lake Park & Ride. Discover Passes required for drivers.

 

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - Limit 12 in 4 cars
Peregrine Falcons - breeding season in urban and natural sites
Leaders: Martin Muller, Roger Orness, and Ed Deal
7:00 AM, Mercer Island Park & Ride

Join us for a full-day viewing (hopefully successful) Peregrine Falcon breeding pairs and their young. We’ll spend the morning in the Cascades along I-90 and the afternoon in Seattle. This exploration will cover how to view nest sites without disturbing the residents, nest site selection, territorial defense, growth, fledging and dispersal of young. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available. Bring a lunch, latte money, and a spotting scope, if possible. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Over by 4:00 p.m. Carpool cost $20 shared equally by passengers.

 

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - Limit 10
Teanaway River Basin
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Joe Sweeney
5:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
or 5:30 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R

We will explore the Teanaway River valley, from the Teanaway Campground to Esmeralda Basin and several points in between. Targets will be the variety of warblers, vireos and flycatchers which breed in the area, as well as woodpeckers, raptors and grouse. We will walk on flat trails at some spots but other stops will require some elevation gain on more difficult terrain. Bring snacks, lunch, plenty of fluids, sturdy footwear and lots of enthusiasm. Back late afternoon to early evening. Carpool cost $45 shared among passengers.
 

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Limit 12
Big Four Area, Granite Falls
Leaders: Miriam Gray and Pam Pritzl
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:00 AM, Big Four Ice Caves Parking lot

The Big 4 area lies along the Stillaguamish River east of Granite Falls. Spring mountain birding is at its best here. The trail takes you on a boardwalk across a freshwater marsh (expect to see Red-breasted Sapsuckers, flycatchers, warblers), across a bridge over the south fork of the Stillaguamish River (look for Dippers, Common Merganser, Harlequin Ducks and Spotted Sandpiper), into the forest (Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Western Wood-Pewees and Varied Thrushes are common) and eventually to a huge cirque that ends at a lookout area (we'll plan to eat lunch here). Drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass (available at REI, any NP office or national forest office). Bring lunch and wear hiking boots and expect to walk a leisurely 2 miles round trip, 200' gain. Trip will be over in afternoon. Carpool cost of $35 shared equally by passengers.


Saturday, June 20, 2015 - Limit 12
Redmond Watershed Preserve
Leaders: Jan Bragg  and Virginia Bound
9:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 10:15 AM, Redmond Watershed Preserve, 21760 NE Novelty Hill Rd


This will be good for people wanting to listen to bird songs and calls of a few select species. It may be more of a hike than a bird walk but it is a beautiful forest if you have never been there! We will likely hear more birds than we see. Target species: Hooded Merganser, Rufous Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Wilson's Warbler, Purple Finch. Expect a hike over uneven dirt trails, uphill and down, ~5 miles. Bring water and snacks/lunch. Drivers may want a Good to Go! Pass. Over mid-afternoon. Carpool cost $10.00 + 520 bridge toll shared equally by passengers.

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - Limit 11
South Cle Elum Ridge
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R

South Cle Elum Ridge includes numerous habitats and the largest breeding bird diversity for Washington. Over 100 bird species were confirmed or possible breeders in this section. We'll search wetlands around Cle Elum for swallows, warblers, and Wood Ducks. Check the feeders in town for Rufous, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, as well as Cassin's and House Finches. Then we'll proceed up along Taneum Creek to the forests above I-90. Everything from Veeries and Canyon Wrens to Williamson's Sapsuckers and Evening Grosbeaks have been observed on this leg of the journey. Finally a great view of the Cle Elum Valley and North Cascades from the high point of our trip. The high country part of the trip depends on the snow conditions and may have to be abandoned if snow-covered roads are encountered. Bring lunch. We'll return between 5-6 p.m. Scopes and cameras welcome. The wildflower bloom should be starting. Carpool cost $45 shared equally by passengers.

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Protection Island
Leader: George Gerdts
5:45 PM, From City Dock in Port Townsend
Cost: $85.00

Cruise in comfort to Protection Island, with George Gerdts as leader/naturalist. The “Glacier Spirit” is a comfortable, diesel-powered yacht. It has a P.A. system which allows announced sightings to be heard from both inside and outside the ship. There is excellent viewing from inside the craft and ample viewing space outside on the front deck. Protection Island is a 400 acre National Wildlife Refuge at the entrance to Discovery Bay. It is a very special place, indeed—over 70% of the marine birds which nest in Puget Sound make Protection Island their breeding ground. Some 6000 pairs of Glaucous-winged Gulls, 22,000 pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets, thousands of Pigeon Guillemots, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, and a few pairs of Black Oystercatchers nest on the island. One of the main attractions is the nesting colony of the outrageous TUFTED PUFFIN —- some 20-30 pairs nest in the bluffs. The concentrations of birds can be truly spectacular. Harbor Seals use the remote and protected site as a major haul-out area. Other marine mammal sightings are also possible. We expect to get good looks at all the nesting birds, plus a Bald Eagle or two, and, of course, great scenery. Since Rhinoceros Auklets are crepuscular/nocturnal feeders, we may get to see the adults carrying food back to their burrows to feed their single chicks.

The Glacier Spirit leaves from Port Townsend at 6:00 p.m. sharp and returns between 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Boarding will start at 5:45 p.m. Coffee, soft drinks, and appetizers and will be provided, but feel free to bring your own light dinner; and dress in appropriate layers. The Strait can be very cool, even in June.
 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:45 AM, North Jackson Park P&R to catch 7:30 ferry


We will explore Whidbey for passerines, remaining alcids, loons, grebes, waterfowl and any early migrating or summer shorebirds. Bring lunch, fluids, and scopes. Drivers will need Discover Pass. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders plus ferry.


Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Limit 11
Port Susan Bay and Camano Island
Leader: Jean Trent
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


We will spend the day exploring Port Susan Bay and Camano Island’s shoreline and saltwater marshes for seabirds, shorebirds, and the riparian and wooded areas for passerines and raptors. Specific areas include Livingston Bay and Iverson Spit. Short distances walking. Bring comfortable shoes, lunch and liquids. We will aim to head back to Seattle by 3 p.m. Carpool cost $38 shared by riders.

 
Saturday, July 18, 2015 – Limit 10
Birding the High Country!  Fremont Lookout and the Burroughs
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Jean Olson
6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


This will be a rigorous hike through some of the most accessible and scenic highlands in the US!!  We’ll start at 6,400 feet at Sunrise and head for Mt. Fremont. It’s a 5.6-mile round trip and we’ll hope to add a couple of more miles, returning via First or Second Burroughs. Expect fabulous views and summer flowers!  Probably not a lot of birds, but they’ll be high altitude specialists with some pretty hard to find possibilities.  We’ll be birding sub-alpine parkland and alpine tundra for things like American Pipit, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Clark’s Nutcracker, White-tailed Ptarmigan, and Pine Grosbeak. Several other more exotic possibilities. This will be an all day trip with carpool cost: $55, shared equally by riders. Interagency or Federal Land Use Passes (one per car) desirable.

 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leaders: Joe Sweeney and Jen McKeirnan
8:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park

 
Directions: Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1. Link to park map on SAS  Website, field trips and walks page.   
Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers, including children under 18 (with an adult). We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over about 11 a.m.


Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leader: Evan Houston
7:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse


All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis, targeted to beginning/intermediate birders.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to locate and identify as many avian species as possible; usually more than 40 species.  At this time of the year, the Fill offers a variety of breeding birds and cute fledglings including swallows and native sparrows, early migrants such as a shorebird or two, and often a nice surprise as well. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but muddy ground.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leader will have one).  Over by 11:00 a.m.


Sunday, August 16, 2015 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor Area
Leader: Tim Boyer
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


We’ll concentrate on the shorebirds we find on the northern side of Grays Harbor spending the day at multiple locations in Ocean Shores. This will allow for a more leisurely approach and we’ll spend some extra time at each location.  During low tides in the morning we’ll be on the outer beaches and North Jetty.   During the afternoon at high tide, we’ll go inland to search for roosting shorebirds and hope to find a great fall shorebird rarity (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruff, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and Stilt Sandpiper). Scopes will be helpful. Dress in layers for the weather and bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. We’ll be back around 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost $75 shared by riders.
 

Friday, September 11, 2015 – Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Environmental Learning Center (aka the Visitor's Center) at the main entrance to the park on Government Way


We will take a leisurely 2-3 mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on and off the loop trail exploring forest, field and wetland habitats. Over by 11:30am. The meadows and the bluffs can be very windy.  Dress for weather.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks.


Sunday, September 13, 2015 – Limit 24
Nikon Optics Day & Bird Walk
Leader: Nikon’s Mike Freiberg
9:00 AM, Seattle Audubon Nature Shop
10:00 AM, Union Bay Natural Area
1:00 PM, Seattle Audubon Nature Shop


Starting with a pre-walk equipment check and optics primer at the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop. Followed by a bird walk at the Union Bay Natural Area that will focus on migration while sifting through the four miles of coast for shorebirds, wetlands for waterfowl and migratory passerines in the wooded areas. Union Bay has proven to be one of the more productive sites in the Seattle-area for birding. Then back to The Nature Shop for optics specials & refreshments. Join for all or part of the day. Mike Freiberg, formerly Nikon’s Birding Market Specialist, will help guide the walk while providing loaner Nikon equipment for those who would like to try something new.


Friday, September 18, 2015 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park


We will see lots of feeding activity at the park’s pea patch that includes American Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Anna's Hummingbirds. Down at the wetlands, we hope to find Bald Eagles, Great-blue Heron, and grebes out on Lake Washington. This easy walk through the park will take about three hours. Be mindful of the weather. If it has been raining, the trails will be muddy.


Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Limit 11
Skagit Wildlife Area/Wylie Slough
Leader: Mark Salvadalena
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


In mid-September of last year, the following species were found at the Skagit Wildlife Area/Wylie Slough: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ruff, Townsend’s Solitaire, Lewis’s Woodpecker, and Little Blue Heron. Don’t expect to find these particular species, but do expect to find some great birds such as Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Long-billed Dowitcher, and Cinnamon Teal. We will slowly walk about 3 miles on flat terrain. Bring a lunch and water. We will head back to Seattle around 1 p.mM. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $30 shared by riders.


Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Ellensburg and vicinity for birds and early fall colors (maybe)
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R


Fall migrants should be starting to return, including shorebirds and raptors. Summer residents like blue birds may still be found; resident birds such as golden eagles, great horned owls, and grey partridge are possible. Fall colors like vine maple and aspen will be a bonus. Scopes and cameras welcome. Bring lunch; we'll return between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - Limit 11
Grays Harbor
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R


September is a good time to look for southbound shorebirds in the Grays Harbor area. We will search out the best spots to find them, probably including Bottle Beach, Westport and maybe Tokeland. We'll keep our eye out for other interesting birds. Scopes very helpful. Come with a lunch, and fluids, and dress for any weather. We will carpool to three cars. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Return by 6 p.m. or so. Carpool cost of $75 shared equally by riders. 


Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:55 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

 
Whidbey Island is good year-round, and lots of birds should be back by October. We’ll look for loons, grebes, alcids, raptors, and passerines. Don’t know what the weather will be this year, so come prepared for most anything. Scopes helpful. Bring lunch and fluids. Drivers need a Discover Pass. We will meet at 6:55 a.m. prompt to catch a 7:30 a.m. ferry. Carpool cost is $50.00 + ferry fee, shared equally by riders.


Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Ocean Shores Area
Leader: Tim Boyer
6:00 AM, Wilburton P&R (exit 12 on I-405)

 
We’ll concentrate on shorebirds and migrants on the northern side of Grays Harbor, spending the day at multiple locations in Ocean Shores. This will allow for a more leisurely approach, and we’ll spend some extra time at each location. We’ll stop at the Hoquiam Sewage Treatment Ponds, and then go to the Oyehut Game Range at high tide. During the lower tides, we’ll go to the outer beaches and North Jetty. October is a great time to find loons and shorebirds, and we’ll see if we can find any uncommon ones. Scopes very helpful. Dress in layers for the weather, and bring a lunch, snacks and fluids. Drivers (we’ll need 2) will need a Discover Pass. We’ll be back around 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost is $75.00 per car, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, October 11, 2015 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Noble Knob Hike
Leaders: Dave Swayne and Sam Woods
7:00 AM, South Renton P&R or 7:20 AM, Maple Valley P&R (23033 Renton-Maple Valley Road)


We will hike to the old Noble Knob fire lookout, located in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest southeast of Enumclaw. The hike should be rather mild, with a hike distance of 4 miles roundtrip and an elevation gain of 1000 feet. We will focus on raptors and other montane migrants – and a Northern Pygmy Owl is always a possibility. Dress in layers for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring a daypack, lunch, and plenty of fluids. Return late afternoon or early evening. Drivers need a NW Forest Pass. Carpool cost is $50.00 per car, shared equally by riders.


Saturday, October 17, 2015 – Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:30 AM, Discovery Park, South Parking Lot (access from W. Emerson St.)


We will set out from the South parking lot, exploring forest, field and wetland habitats on the way down to the beach. Expect to walk up to 5 miles with moderate elevation change. The meadows, bluffs and beach can be very windy.  Dress for the weather.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Scopes helpful. Over by 1 p.m.


Sunday, October 18, 2015 – Limit 11
Kitsap Peninsula
Leader: Penny Rose3)
6:30 AM, Northgate P&R, NW Corner


A full day exploring the Kitsap Peninsula, looking for waterfowl, including returning loons, grebes and alcids, as well as freshwater and forest species. Scopes helpful. Bring a lunch and dress in layers in case of inclement weather. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Back by early evening. Carpool cost is $30.00 per car + ferry fee, shared equally by riders.


Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Limit 12
Spencer Island
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:30 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R


Spencer Island is one of the best places in the Snohomish River Estuary to view waterfowl and shorebirds, with a wetland mix of freshwater from the river and saltwater from Gardner Bay. There is also some woodland habitat, and the nearby Everett Water Treatment sewage ponds. Bring scopes if you have them, be ready for about 4 miles of walking on flat but possibly muddy paths. Dress in layers for the weather. Drivers need a Discover Pass (Spencer Island does not require one, but we may make other stops in the area that do). Return in early afternoon. Carpool cost is $15.00 per car shared equally by riders.


Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Limit 10
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Scott Ramos & Jen Kunitsugu
6:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

 
Whidbey Island offers a variety of intriguing habitats to birds and birders, from open salt water to quiet bays, small lakes and marshes, to dense northwest forest and shrubby meadows. A traverse of the island (we will go north to south) should provide opportunities for many winter species of both water and land birds. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids for a long, intense day of birding. Dress for cool and wet NW weather (layers!), including footwear suited for walking on hillsides, wet grass and beaches. Scopes will be useful if you have one; we’ll be on the lookout for loons, grebes, scoters and Long-tailed Duck on the open water, raptors and other waterfowl inland. Return via Clinton ferry in late afternoon/evening – please be flexible, as we cannot guarantee we will make a specific ferry. Discover Pass needed by drivers. Carpool cost is $50.00 per car + ferry fee, shared equally by riders.


Saturday, October 31, 2015 – Limit 10 in three cars
Port Angeles and Sequim
Leaders: Jean Olson and Jon Houghton
6:10 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R


Explore the north side of the Olympic Peninsula.  Stops include Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, Three Crabs and Sequim Bay State Park. Shorebirds and water birds will be the primary targets. Bring warm clothes and rain gear as the area can be blustery.  Lots of coffee stops (bring your mug), bathrooms and a little walking. Scopes are a plus. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Discover Pass needed by drivers. Carpool cost is $50.00 per car + ferry fee, shared equally by riders.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - Limit 10
Cle Elum to Haney Meadow, Kittitas Co, WA
Leaders: Michael Hobbs and Dasha Gudalewicz
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot, Issaquah

Our main target will be Black-backed Woodpeckers in the Table Mountain burn near Haney Meadows. Along the way, we’ll hit some of the birdier spots around Cle Elum, trying to catch early winter arrivals, such as Northern Shrike and Rough-legged Hawk. Some of the driving, including from Blewett Pass to Haney Meadow, is on good gravel roads; all-wheel drive cars are preferred. To find the woodpeckers, we’ll be making short walks off trail into burned areas. Be prepared for the weather – it may be cold or wet. Bring lunch and snacks. We’ll return between 5 and 6 p.m. Carpool cost: $60 per car shared by riders.
 

November 7, 2015 - Limit 12
Seward Park
Leader: Erica Clark and Anne Jacobs
8:00 AM, parking lot by the children's playground (immediately south of entrance to park, drive straight at stop sign from Lake Washington Blvd and park) Seward Park Address: 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S.


Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path. In addition to sparrows, waterfowl, gulls, and crows, we may be fortunate to find Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers. Please be prepared for rain and cool weather. Consider bringing a snack. Trails can be muddy. Over by 1:00 p.m. Car pool cost: none, we'll meet in the parking lot and walk from there.


Sunday, November 8, 2015 – Limit 7
Point No Point, Hansville area
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:15 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R


We will visit several locations in the Hansville area looking for sea ducks, alcids, grebes and loons as well as possible small gulls and jaegers. We will also do some forest walking where typical winter passerines should also appear. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids, plus money for the ferry and a possible stop for coffee. Dress in layers to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Walking from the cars up to a mile on mostly level ground. Back by mid-evening. Carpool cost: $20 each car shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry).


Sunday, November 8, 2015 – Limit 12
Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah
Leaders: Patty North and Todd Sahl
Indicate your meeting place when you register:
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R or 7:30 AM, Lake Sammamish State Park*


Lake Sammamish State Park’s varied ecosystems provide habitat for a diverse collection of species in one of the Eastside’s ‘birdiest’parks. Dress in layers and bring a snack. Level walk of about 3 miles. Some trails can be muddy after recent rain. Just past the toll hut at the main entrance of Lake Sammamish State Park, take the first left into the large parking lot and meet at the NE corner. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Over by about 12:30. Carpool cost is $10 shared equally by riders.

*Directions to Lake Sammamish State Park: From Seattle: Take I-90 East, take Exit 15, go left off ramp, over freeway, watch for the brown “State Park” sign. Go about 0.3 mile to second light, turn left onto NW Sammamish Rd. In about 0.4 mile, the main park entrance is on the right. After passing the toll hut (usually closed), take first left into parking lot. Meet at NE corner.


Saturday, November 14, 2015 – Limit 10 in three cars
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman
6:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R


A perfect trip for coffee drinkers: chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes. Dress for blustery weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry). Discover Pass needed by drivers.


Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Sharon Ellard and Jean Olson
8:30 AM, parking lot east of Center for Urban Horticulture (near greenhouse area)


We hope to find around 40 avian species in this morning outing. Our list at this time of year should include a variety of water birds, native sparrows, winter migrants, and an unexpected highlight or two. Since restroom facilities are very limited, stop by the QFC at the University Village on the way to field trip site. Expect to spend about three hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the wetlands and small woodlands the Fill provides. Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm while exposed to the elements. Boots are recommended. Scopes are welcome. Should be over by noon.


Sunday, November 15, 2015 - Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

Join us for a Sunday morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Limit of 14, carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Over at 12:30 p.m.


Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Limit 10
South King County Puget Sound
Leaders: Matt Bartels & Dasha Gudalewicz
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R


We’ll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet. We’ll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring lunch & snacks, and dress for weather. Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon. Carpool cost $22.50 per car, shared by riders, not driver.


Sunday, December 6, 2015 – Limit 10
Samish Flats and Fir Island
Leaders: Penny Bolton and Sarah Peden
6:30 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R


The Samish Flats and Fir Island offer some of the best winter raptor and waterfowl viewing in the state. Join Penny and Sarah for some great birding fun. All skill levels welcome. Expect to see Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Bald Eagles. With luck we’ll find a Peregrine Falcon and perhaps American Kestrel, Merlin and Short-eared Owls. On Padilla Bay we will see the various loons, scoters, mergansers, grebes and ducks aplenty. Bring a scope if you have one. You can borrow binoculars from the Audubon office if you need them. Dress for cold, wet and windy conditions. Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, and a Discover Pass if you have one. Return to town at 6 p.m. at the latest. Carpool cost $50 per car, shared by riders, not driver.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leaders: Joe Sweeney and Mike Freund
8:30 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park


Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers. We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers, rain gear and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over by 11:30 a.m.


Saturday, December 12, 2015 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina
Leaders: Carleen and Neil Zimmerman
8:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R


These areas are great places for loons, Brant, diving ducks and alcids. Long-tailed Ducks are also normally seen. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor and the Blaine Marina. Drivers will need a Discover Pass for Birch Bay State Park. Dress for cold/wet weather, bring drinks, lunch and snacks; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Car pool cost $60 per car, shared by riders, not driver.


Sunday, December 13, 2015 - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Evan Houston and Jen Kunitsugu
8:00 AM, Discovery Park MAIN parking lot (3801 Discovery Park Blvd)


This is a trip to an urban oasis, for birders who are strong walkers.  We’ll aim to sample Discovery Park’s diverse habitats, from mixed forest to open fields to saltwater.  This should yield a variety of species, with the possibility of a surprise or two.  Expect to walk up to 5 miles with up to 500 feet of elevation change with steep hills.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Dress to stay warm, dry and protected from the wind, anticipating exposure to the wintry elements.  Scopes useful if you’re willing to tote (leaders will have one).  Over by noon.


Saturday, December 19, 2015 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Birding in Kent
Leader: Julie Monahan
7:30 AM, Tukwila P&R on Interurban (Exit 156 on I-5 South)


The area around Kent Ponds provides reliable birding for waterfowl, passerines and raptors (American Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon), and usually a surprise or two every fall and winter (including Red-shouldered Hawk and American Tree Sparrow). We’ll hit the highlights including the Grassy Knoll at the Green River Natural Area, the Puget Power Trail, Boeing Ponds, and the fields along 204th Street at Frager Road.  Over by noon, prepare for some muddy footing. Rain gear and boots recommended.  Car pool cost $10 per car, shared by riders, not driver.

 

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Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Limit 10
West Seattle Waterfront
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Webster
8:00 AM, Jack Block Park, 2130 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle

 
Explore the West Seattle waterfront and neighboring greenbelts in search of wintering and resident species. We'll carpool to several spots and walk up to two miles on relatively easy terrain. There is a strong possibility of a bakery stop.  Dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Over around noon. Carpool cost: $3 shared equally by riders.


Sunday, January 10, 2016 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North Parking Lot of the park


January is a good time to see wintering ducks and grebes. Luther Burbank Park has an impressive shoreline from which to watch ducks, grebes, cormorants, gulls and Belted Kingfisher. Fox Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Pacific Wren, Towhees, Anna's Hummingbirds, Kinglets, and a resident pair of Bald Eagle are likely to be seen. Meet in the North parking lot at 9 AM. The loop trip may be rainy and  muddy so dress accordingly.  Over by noon.


Monday, January 11, 2016 – Limit 12
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Meet aboard the 8:25 AM ferry from Fauntleroy


We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry!  We’ll look for Harlequin Ducks and auklets near the Vashon dock.  At Fisher Pond, we may find Wood Ducks and other puddle ducks.  On Tramp Harbor, we’ll scan through large flocks of scoters, scaup, goldeneye and wigeon to look for something unusual.  Don’t arrange rides in parking lot, meet on ferry.  Let Nature Shop know if you can drive when you sign up.  You can park for 4 hours in the southernmost parking lot at Lincoln Park (1 block north of the ferry dock) or find parking on nearby neighborhood streets.  Do not park on Fauntleroy Way or you risk getting towed.  Participants should plan to arrive early enough to park, purchase a ticket, and board the 8:25 a.m. ferry.  Ed will meet up with participants on the ferry.  Ed’s car will be on the island.  Carpool cost:  $6 plus cost of ferry ($5.25 per passenger plus a share of $14.30 car and driver ticket).


Friday, January 22, 2016
Bainbridge Island to Point No Point – Limit 8
Leaders: George Gerdts and Mary Anne Rossing
6:00 AM sharp, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R to form a carpool in 2 cars to take the 7:05 AM Bainbridge Island Ferry and meet George at the Bainbridge ferry terminal.


Join George Gerdts and Mary Anne Rossing for a day of birding some of the best spots on Bainbridge Island, then head to Point No Point for the outgoing tide. We will have the group back at the Bainbridge ferry terminal in time to catch the 5:30 p.m. ferry back to Seattle. We'll be looking for shorebirds and waterfowl (including loons and alcids). Scopes helpful. Bring a lunch and dress in layers in case of inclement weather.  Walking from the cars up to a mile on level ground. Carpool costs: $15 plus $45 for the ferry shared equally by riders.


Saturday, January 30, 2015 – Limit 7
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor, Boundary Bay
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R

January is a good time to look for loons, grebes, diving ducks, alcids, and possible wintering owls. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo and Drayton Harbor, as well as the Blaine Marina. Depending on owl reports, we may head across the border to scan the shoreline of Boundary Bay. Drivers will need a Discover Pass for Birch Bay State Park (if we head into B.C., you must have a passport or enhanced driver's license for the border crossing). Dress for cold weather, bring lunch, snacks and fluids; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by early evening. Carpool costs: $45 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, January 30, 2016 – Limit 6 in 2 cars
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Winter
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Jordan Gunn
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R

This trip will visit several winter hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start at the Nature Conservancy’s newly constructed tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta, go on to Thomle Road (if reports there are positive), and Eide Road to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Dry Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, and the fabled West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up in the Bow-Edison area. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area.  Warning!  Hunting seasons will be in progress so this could limit waterfowl viewing. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery!  Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds. Carpool costs:  Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to Ravenna around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!).


Sunday, January 31, 2016 – Limit 8
Lincoln Park
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
Meet: 8:30 AM, Lincoln Park South-end Parking Lot, located at Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Cloverdale St.


Explore the West Seattle waterfront and woodlands in search of wintering and resident species. Expect to see ducks, loons, grebes and alcids on the water.  Woodland bird sightings bring wrens, sparrows, chickadees, kinglets and raptors. This field trip is geared for beginner birders. Expect to walk up to 4 leisurely paced miles with some hills.  Bring binoculars, and a scope if you own one. Dress to stay warm and dry. Restrooms will be available.  Bring water and snacks. Over around noon.
 

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - Limit 14 in 4 or fewer cars
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Ed Deal and Martin Muller
8:00 AM Sharp, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

 
Join us for a Super Sunday morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available. Bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.  Carpooling in a maximum of 4 vehicles. Due to the difficulty of car caravans in city traffic, we ask that you not add an extra vehicle for leaving early. Carpool cost $4 per passenger. Over promptly at 12:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Stanwood/Skagit/Samish  
Leader: Tim Boyer
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R

All skill levels welcome! We’ll start on Leque Island near Stanwood, follow the road and birds north to Fir Island then even further north to Samish Island.  Owls, hawks, falcons, swans, and other winter birds are our target species. We’ll scope a few open water bays for loons, ducks and hopefully a few shorebirds. Bring a scope if you have one. Dress in layers for the winter weather, drivers (we’ll need 2) will need a Discover Pass. Bring a lunch, snacks and fluids. We’ll be back around 6 p.m. Carpool cost is $50 shared by riders.


Monday, February 15, 2016  - Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion (west side of boat launch parking lot.  At the end of drive, on your right, after entering Magnuson Park from NE 65th St entrance).  Bus #75.  


This is a great time to look at sparrows and waterfowl which spend the winter in Seattle. By mid Feb, some of our songbirds may be starting to sing and Anna's hummingbirds may be starting to nest. We will be climbing uphill and down at Promontory Point, then walking through the wetlands, and ending along the lake shoreline. Be prepared to walk over uneven, muddy ground. This is open to all levels of birders, especially those who want to listen to bird calls and songs. Children accompanied by adult welcome. Over by early afternoon.


Saturday, February 20, 2016 – Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Jen McKeirnan and Sharon Ellard
8:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas Building and greenhouse  

 
Beginning and intermediate birders will enjoy this trip to a location with multiple habitats.  We will use sight and sound to identify as many birds as possible,  hopefully 40 species!  At this time of the year the Fill offers wintering waterfowl and songbirds, raptors, and...who knows?  Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles.  Be sure to have warm clothing and raingear.   Restroom facilities are limited at the Fill, but you can first stop by the QFC or Safeway at nearby University Village.  Scopes will be helpful. Over by noon.


Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 2016 (Friday, February 26 to travel to Omak) - Limit 10
Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg, Sarah Safranek, and Allisa Carlson
6:00 AM, lobby of Omak Inn, Omak, Washington, both Saturday and Sunday


The Okanogan Highlands in winter provide wonderful opportunities to see arctic visitors, altitudinal migrants, and hard-to-see residents.  We will start birding from Omak on Saturday at first light, hoping to see Sharp-tailed Grouse feeding in water birches in the Scotch Creek area. From there, we’ll head up to the town of Conconully to look for forest birds (nuthatches, Pine Grosbeaks, Clark’s Nutcrackers, and maybe a Northern Goshawk). We’ll then cross the Okanogan River eastwards and explore the highland wooded areas and clearings seeking Snow Buntings, Gray-crowned Rosy-finches, Northern Pygmy Owls. If we are lucky, we may see White-winged Crossbills, and even luckier, Great Gray Owl at dusk at the end of our first day.

On Sunday we’ll bird the orchards and islands near Brewster seeking Bohemian Waxwings, American Tree Sparrows, and winter ducks. Then we’ll explore the open fields of the Waterville Plateau looking for Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Gray Partridge, and possibly Long-eared Owl or even a Gyrfalcon. We’ll finish birding by afternoon so participants can drive home by Sunday night.

Logistics: Participants will need to arrange their own overnight accommodations for two nights in Omak, and will need to get to Omak by Friday night. We will need two more snow-capable vehicles in addition to leader’s Subaru, (AWD is ideal) for carpooling on the birding trips from Omak (there is not enough parking at every stop to accommodate more than 3 cars). Each carpool car will need a Discover Pass and a radio. Bring warm clothes appropriate for freezing temperatures and wind, appropriate footwear for slippery snow and ice, and enough food/drink to carry in the car all day. Scopes helpful for spotting grouse, owls. Most of the birding will involve short walks from the cars, with some walks up to a mile. Carpool costs shared equally by riders in each car, at Seattle Audubon rates of $0.25 per mile (estimate $130 per car). When signing up make certain that phone and e-mail contact information is accurate since leaders will need to coordinate logistics. Attendees will need to get to and from Omak on their own, although it may be possible to share rides with other participants.


Saturday, February 27, 2016 - Limit 12
Seward Park
Leaders: Erica Clark and Anne Jacobs
8:00 AM,  parking lot by the children's playground (immediately south of entrance to park, drive straight at stop sign from Lake Washington Blvd and park) Seward Park address: 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S.


Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path. In addition to sparrows, waterfowl, gulls, and crows, we may be fortunate to find Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers. Please be prepared for rain and cool weather. Consider bringing a snack. Trails can be muddy. Over by 1:00 p.m. Carpool cost: none, we'll meet in the parking lot and walk from there.
 

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - Limit 8
Carkeek Park
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
8:30 AM - Use park main entrance and meet at the far west parking area overlooking the water

Explore the North Seattle waterfront and the woodlands in search of wintering and resident species. Expect to walk up to 4 leisurely paced miles with some hills.  Bring binoculars, and scope if you own one. Dress to stay warm and dry. Restrooms will be available.  Bring water and snacks.  Over by 11:30 a.m.


Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Limit 11 (3 cars)
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
- leave PROMPTLY at 6:30 to catch the 7:10 ferry

Take a ride on the West Side!  Explore the Northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  Visit birding hot spots like Salsbury Point County Park, Oak Bay, Mystery Bay, and Ft Flagler State Park.  See historic Nordland and Pt Wilson.  Expect a diversity of bird families, raptors, shorebirds, alcids, water fowl, and passerines.  We'll catch the 7:10 a.m. Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, bird the day away, and return in the late afternoon.  Dress for inclement weather, hope for sun, expect a good time.  Bring a lunch, binoculars, scopes, money for the ferry and carpool costs, and a spirit of adventure.  Drivers need a current Discover Pass.  Carpool cost: $30 + cost of ferry per car shared equally by riders.


Sunday, March 13, 2016 – Limit 11
Whidbey Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R

We'll be exploring Whidbey for shorebirds, waterfowl and land birds. We will drive up I-5 to the north end of Whidbey Island first and then work our way south to the Clinton ferry at the end of the day. We will be driving to different locations and taking short walks. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes are very helpful. We will return early evening. Bring money for carpooling and ferry. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders, plus the cost of the ferry.


Sunday, March 13, 2016 - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Evan Houston and Jen Kunitsugu
8:00 AM, Discovery Park SOUTH parking lot (access from W Emerson St)

This is a trip to an urban oasis, for birders who are strong walkers.  We’ll aim to sample Discovery Park’s diverse habitats, from mixed forest to open fields to saltwater.  This should yield a variety of species, with the possibility of a surprise or two.  Expect to walk up to 5 miles with moderate elevation change.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Dress to stay warm, dry and protected from the wind, anticipating exposure to the elements.  Scopes useful if you’re willing to tote (leaders will have them).  Over by noon.


Saturday, March 19, 2016
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Leader: George Gerdts
9:45 AM, Winslow City Dock. Boat leaves at 10:00 AM. See below for sign up and travel directions

Aboard the 80-foot “Admiral Pete” with George Gerdts, long-time SAS Member, as leader/naturalist. Expect great looks at three species of cormorants; sea ducks; rocky-shore sandpipers; a Bald Eagle or two; great scenery; and a unique, close-up view of the Bainbridge Island shoreline.  The trip leaves the Winslow City Dock at 10:00 a.m. and will return by 1:30 p.m.  If coming from Seattle, plan to take the 8:45 ferry to Bainbridge Island as a walk-on.  George will meet the group at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal at 9:20 for the short walk to the "Admiral Pete". If you plan to drive on, parking is available near the City Dock.  To reserve a space call the Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation Department and ask about Class # 131850-01. Credit card payment is accepted.  Leave your e-mail address when signing up, and directions and a map of Bainbridge Island, including where to park if driving, will be sent to you via e-mail.  Price is $78, but SAS members will have 20% of the cost of the trip ($15.00) donated to SAS.  Be sure to tell the BI Parks, when you sign up, that you are a member of SAS, so that the donation can be made.  If a participant does not live on Bainbridge Island, a $5.00 "off-Island" fee is added to the cost of the trip.


Saturday, March 26, 2016 - Limit 10 (3 Cars)
Kittitas County - Cle Elum to Vantage
Leaders: Jean Olson and Blair Bernson
6:20 AM at Greenlake (Ravenna)
P&R or 7:00 AM at Tibbits Lot in Issaquah
(Please indicate if you will meet at Ravenna or Issaquah when you sign up)

We will start in Cle Elum and work our way towards Ellensburg. We will bird the Railroad Ponds, Swauk Prairie, Old Vantage Highway and areas in between. We will look for sage birds, raptors, early migrants and whatever else we can find.  Bring lunch, scope, beverages, coffee mug and dress for variable weather and bring sturdy shoes - we may do a little walking.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  Carpool cost $70 per car shared by riders.


Saturday, March 26, 2016 - Limit 12
Green Lake
Leaders: Louis Kreemer and Martin Muller
8:00 AM, Bathhouse Theater, West Beach (between water and bathhouse)

Green Lake is an excellent place to observe birds up close after they’ve spent the winter getting acclimatized to people circumnavigating the lake. This time of year most winter ducks are still around and some migrant water birds start passing through. The local eagles (up the hill) should be on eggs, leaving one of them free to scour the lake for edibles, encourage visiting eagles of the same sex to “move on through” and those of the opposite sex to “stay awhile." We should observe courtship in some of the waterfowl (let’s hope for breeding plumage Ruddy Duck males “frothing at the breast”), as well as coots and pied-billed grebes practicing their freshly developed flight muscles prior to departure for breeding grounds (although perhaps some pied-bills will stick around like they used to, to try breeding amongst the water lilies). We should encounter some warblers, as well as lingering goldfinches and kinglets. With luck we’ll find Bushtits, nuthatches, and chickadees working on nest sites. And who knows what else. Besides bird identification and bird behavior, Green Lake history and ecology are also be on the menu. Dress for standing still. Layers are advised. ’Tis better to shed than to shiver! If you have a scope please bring it. Over by noon or whenever we’ve worn out the hardiest of you!
 

Sunday, April 3, 2016 – Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Discovery Park South Parking Lot entrance on W Emerson St

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11 a.m.


Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Sharon Ellard and Jean Olson
7:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the greenhouses

 
All levels of birding skill welcome on this very early spring 3 mile walk.  We expect wrens, some early migrants, raptors and waterfowl.  The Fill often provides a look at (or sound of) the unexpected bird.  We should find around 40 species.  Bring binoculars, a scope if you own one.  Wear layers, be prepared for rain and have boots for the mud.  Expect mostly flat terrain.  You may want to bring snacks and water.  Since restrooms are scarce, you will want to stop at the U Village QFC before you arrive.  Over by about 11:30 a.m.


Sunday, April 16, 2016 – Limit 10
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leader: Jean Trent
8:00 AM, 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, Juanita Bay Park parking lot

Explore a good mix of habitats, finding waterfowl, raptors, woodpeckers, swallows and perhaps a shorebird. The early migrants will be arriving, some of the wintering passerines will still be around, the resident birds will be singing and establishing territories, and there’s always the possibility of a surprise. Scopes helpful. Dress for the weather. Over by 11:00 a.m.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Limit 10
Pierce County Lowland Hotspots
Leader: Michael Hobbs
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R

This trip will explore some well-known and lesser-known hotspots in Pierce County.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for migrant passerines, shorebirds, marsh denizens, and anything else we can turn up. Dress for weather; bring binoculars, scopes if you have them, lunch, water & snacks.  Return by 5 p.m. Carpool cost: $40 each car shared equally among passengers. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass.


Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Limit 6
Snoqualmie Point Bird & Hike
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Jeanelle Richardson
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R

Snoqualmie Point is the northern access point to the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. It climbs through alder woods, a recent clearcut and older second growth conifer forest, thus offering a varied set of habitats. Expect to see and hear a variety of passerines, including warblers and vireos. With luck, we may encounter Red Crossbills, Varied Thrush and Sooty Grouse. And raptors are always a possibility. We will hike about 5 miles, with an elevation gain of 1500 feet, both on trail and on old logging roads. Bring snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and sturdy hiking boots. Return mid- to late-afternoon. Carpool cost: $12, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Limit 8
Potholes and Vicinity
Leaders: Dasha Gudalewicz, Jen Kunitsugu and Allisa Carlson
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R

This will be a long day of birding in the Potholes area of the Columbia Basin, with forays as time allows to check out other areas such as Lower Crab Creek Road and Birder's Corner. We hope to see a nice variety of species - Golden Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Sandhill Crane, Great Egret, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Tricolored Blackbird, and Yellow-headed Blackbird are possibilities. Depending on our route, we may also pick up some sagebrush species like Sage Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, and Brewer's Sparrow, and birds of rocky slopes and canyons, such as Rock Wrens, Canyon Wrens, and Chukar. Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, plenty of food and fluids, and dress in layers. Returning late evening (7-ish) so pack dinner or bring money to get something en route. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $100 per car shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Limit 12
Washington Park Arboretum Bird Walk
Leader: Penny Bolton
9:00 AM, Graham Visitor’s Center

Let’s do a City Birders Field Trip to the Washington Park Arboretum.  Join Master Birder Penny Bolton to learn about city birds and the habitat that supports them.  Learn what you can do to make your yard bird friendly. Penny will take you through the forested part of the Arboretum to listen to our local birds. Then we’ll visit the “Duck Pond” and see who is there. Bring your curiosity and binoculars, if you have them.  Walk will be over by 11 a.m. $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Friday, May 6, 2016 – Limit 8
Discovery Park Bird Walk
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebek
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center at Entrance on Government Way

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11 a.m. $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.

 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Limit 6
Teanaway Basin Hotspots
Leader: Scott Ramos and Jeanelle Richardson
5:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R

We will explore the Teanaway River valley, including the Teanaway Campground, Carlson Canyon and several points in between and around. Targets will be the variety of warblers, vireos and flycatchers which breed in the area, as well as woodpeckers, raptors and grouse. We will walk on flat trails at some spots but other stops will require some elevation gain on more difficult terrain. Bring snacks, lunch, plenty of fluids, sturdy footwear and lots of enthusiasm. Back late afternoon to early evening. Bring Discover Pass if you have one. Carpool cost $36 shared among passengers, in addition to $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Sunday, May 8, 2016 - Limit 11
Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes
Leader: Andy McCormick
6:45 AM at Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R or 7:15 AM at uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW) to carpool

It will be a good day for Moms and Mother Earth. So, let’s go birding! Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes offer a variety of habitats for spring birding in the Cascade foothills near North Bend. We will have opportunities to see warblers, flycatchers, wrens, woodpeckers, swallows, ducks and raptors. The old red alders, second-growth conifers, black cottonwoods, wetlands and lake provide a variety of habitats and possibly some unexpected species. Bring lunch, water and a snack. Return by early-afternoon. Passenger cost/car is $40 in addition to $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, in north parking lot near tennis courts

Nesting season has begun and birds will be courting and singing on territories. Red-winged Blackbirds, Bald Eagles, grebes, woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds, sparrows--we will just have to see what we find. Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot-gear is needed. Back by noon.  $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Monday, May 9, 2016 - Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Meet aboard the 8:25 AM ferry from Fauntleroy

We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry! We’ll look for Brant and alcids on the way over. We'll bird a little at the dock on the Vashon side, catching the last of the water birds in breeding plumage such as the bright white plumes on the Brandt's Cormorant.  We'll head to Fisher Pond, which may be covered with Wood Duck and Mallard broods. We'll also visit Mukai Pond to look and listen for flycatchers and warblers. Don't arrange rides in parking lot, meet on ferry.  Let Nature Shop know if you can drive when you sign up - we'll need 2 cars (plus Ed's car).  You can park for 4 hours in the southernmost parking lot at Lincoln Park (1 block north of the ferry dock) or find parking on nearby neighborhood streets.  Do not park on Fauntleroy Way or you risk getting towed.  Participants should plan to arrive early enough to park, purchase a ticket, and board the 8:25 a.m. ferry.  Ed will meet up with participants on the ferry. Carpool cost $6 and cost of ferry ($5.20 per passenger and share of $13.95 car ticket) shared equally by passengers, in addition to $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.

 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Limit 12
Snoqualmie Wildlife Area – Stillwater Unit & Tolt River-MacDonald Park, Carnation
Leaders:  Patty North and Anne Jacobs
7:30 AM, South parking lot of the Stillwater Unit (specifics below) or 6:45 at Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
Stillwater offers a fine diversity of habitat from open fields and riparian woodlands to marshy wetlands.  We’ll bird along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and head out across the fields to the Snoqualmie River.  At the end of our 3 mile loop we will return to the cars and move to Tolt – MacDonald Park in Carnation.  This is another area of diverse habitat where you can expect almost any Western Washington lowland species.  Mostly level walking about 5 miles total for both locations.  Field trip over by about noon. Discover Pass required. Carpool cost $15 shared equally by passengers, plus $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.

The Stillwater Unit is located on Highway 203 between Carnation and Duvall, on the west side of the Carnation-Duvall highway.  The south parking lot is 300 yards north of the Stillwater gas station on Highway 203. 47°40'59.0"N 121°55'26.1"W


Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - Limit 6
Nearly Local Birding “North of the Border” - half day to Edmonds Area Hotspots
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Blair Bernson
6:30 AM, Lynnwood Park and Ride, 46th Ave W at 200th St.  (southern-most corner)

This will be a great trip for north-end beginning and intermediate birders.  Learn some cool birding areas you can access for a few minutes, or a few hours, any day of the year!  We’ll visit some easily accessible areas within minutes of Northgate (OK, they’re in south Snohomish Co.).  Diverse habitats of mature second growth forest, freshwater marsh and riparian scrub, saltmarsh, and marine shorelines will be included.  We should see a diverse mixture of resident and migrant birds including warblers, vireos, sparrows, wrens, herons (Green and Great Blue), scoters, alcids, and maybe an urban owl! Bring Discover Pass if you have one. $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.
 

CENTENNIAL FIELD TRIP
Join Master Birder Jan Bragg in recreating the first SAS field trip!  On May 13, 1916, a group of the newly formed Audubon Society took "either the 9:20 or 10 a.m. Lake Burien car to the end of the line" for its first field outing.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - Limit 8
Lake Burien and Seahurst Park, Burien
Leader:   Jan Bragg
9:20 AM at Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R or 10:00 AM at Lake Burien
(Indicate at time of registration where you plan to meet leader)

This will be a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of this historic event.  The day of the month and the time of day will be the same, but we will be driving in private cars.  Much has changed.  Gone are the habitat and the hunting lodge.  The lake is now bordered by houses, with no public access.  The past president of the lake community has graciously invited us to use her yard as an access point to see what birds still call the lake home.  There is one tree which was purportedly around in 1916 and which we may be able to visit.  There will be a post-commemoration excursion to beautiful Seahurst Park, where we will hope to hear the songs of forest birds like Pacific Wren, Wilson's and Black-throated Gray Warbler, and see if any waterbirds remain on the Sound.  Bring binoculars, lunch, water, walking shoes, attire appropriate for the weather (1916 or  2016 style).  Back mid-afternoon.  Carpool costs to be shared by passengers.  $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Sunday, May 15, 2015 – Limit 10
Bike and Bird - Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Duvall towards Carnation
Leader: Jean Olson
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R or 8:30 AM at Duvall Park & Ride
 
Bike and Bird the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a Rails to Trails that follows the Snoqualmie River from Duvall towards North Bend. It is flat and composed of gravel and rock, so a cross or mountain bike is recommended. Habitats include lowland deciduous forest, riparian shrubs and small ponds. Possibilities include migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, raptors and songbirds. We will ride between 10 and 15 miles total, frequently stopping along the way. Biking is a great way to practice your birding by ear.

Bring binoculars, your bike helmet, snacks, water and clothing layers for changes in weather.  For logistics reasons, we do not recommend bringing scopes.  You should be comfortable on a bike and children are welcome with parents. We will meet at the Ravenna P&R to carpool to the trail. Bring Discover Pass if you have one for parking area.  If you need bike transport, we may be able to accommodate you with prior arrangement otherwise you can transport your own bike.  The ride will be over by early to mid-afternoon, depending on the birds. Donation $15 to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - Limit 11
Blewett Pass/Teanaway/Table Mountain area
Leader: Ed Swan
7:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across the street from the 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center

My plan would be to look for sapsuckers, woodpeckers and arriving warblers around Blewett Pass and Table Mountain with some looking around the Teannaway area for bluebirds. Bring lunch and fluids. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring Discover Pass if you have one. Car pool cost $48, split amongst the passengers, plus $25 Seattle Audubon Birdathon donation.


Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Limit 10 in 3 cars
Umtanum Creek Recreational Area
Leaders: Tiffany and Tor Linbo
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across the street from the 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center

Prepare to hike 6 miles through sage-steppe, riparian, Ponderosa pine, and open meadows up Umtanum Creek. Elevation gain is gradual, but there are a couple of shallow stream crossings. Birds we hope to see include Yellow-breasted Chat, Prairie Falcon, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, and Lewis Woodpecker. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring lunch, water and snacks; back late afternoon. Parking fee payable at the parking lot or National Parks Pass required for each car. Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders, in addition to $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Limit 6
Nearly Local Birding “North of the Border” – half day to Edmonds Area Hotspots
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Blair Bernson
6:30 AM, Lynnwood Park and Ride, 46th Ave W at 200th St. (southern-most corner)

This will be a great trip for north-end beginning and intermediate birders.  Learn some cool birding areas you can access for a few minutes, or a few hours, any day of the year!  We’ll visit some easily accessible areas within minutes of Northgate (OK, they’re in south Snohomish Co.).  Diverse habitats of mature second growth forest, freshwater marsh and riparian scrub, saltmarsh, and marine shorelines will be included.  We should see a diverse mixture of resident and migrant birds including warblers, vireos, sparrows, wrens, herons (Green and Great Blue), scoters, alcids, and maybe an urban owl! Bring Discover Pass if you have one. $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 8:00AM - 10:00AM - Limit 12
Lincoln Park (West Seattle)
Leader: Jen McKeirnan and Renee Koval-Huenuqueo
8:00 AM, south parking lot, located at Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Cloverdale St.

Lincoln Park was recently described as one of Seattle’s premier urban birding sites! Due to its varied habitats, it hosts a diverse group of bird species, with sections of old growth forest, meadow, rocky and sandy shorelines. Bring binoculars, and a scope if you own one. Restrooms will be available. Donation $15 to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Sunday, May 22, 2016 – Limit 12
Carkeek Park
Leaders: Jen McKeirnan and Joe Sweeney
8:00 AM, far west parking area overlooking the water

Carkeek Park is in northwest Seattle, enter from 3rd Avenue NW at 110th Street. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles with some hills and stairs.  Bring binoculars, and scopes if you own one. Restrooms will be available. Over by 10 a.m. Donation $15 to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Sunday, May 22, 2016 - Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE.  Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1, marked with a pink square on the park map.  Link to park map

This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approximately 3 hrs spotting birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, and the entire Wetlands Complex.  We'll keep a lookout for the multiple sparrow and swallow species that are annual summer visitors, as well as year-round residents such as Downy Woodpecker, Pied-billed Grebe, Osprey, other raptors and waterfowl.   Be prepared for approximately 2 miles of walking, up hill and down. If you wish to borrow binoculars, make sure to request them from the Seattle Audubon office when you register. Donation $15 to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Monday, May 23, 2016 – Limit 12
East of the Cascades: Snoqualmie to Liberty, Colockum
Leader: Dave Swayne
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across the street from the 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center

 
The east side of the Cascades offers a variety of birds we rarely see in the Puget Trough, and by late May most migrants should be back on their breeding grounds. We'll drive over Snoqualmie Pass and bird the east side foothills, exploring river valleys and open hillsides, trying to make it all the way across the Kittitas valley and into the sage.  We may do a little walking, but we'll likely stay close to the cars so we can cover more ground.  Bring lunch and drinks, and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.  Discover Pass could come in handy.  Carpool cost $60, split amongst riders in car excluding driver, in addition to $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Limit 12
Redmond Watershed Preserve
Leaders: Jan Bragg and Virginia Bound
9:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna)
P&R
or 9:45 AM, Redmond Watershed Preserve, 21760 NE Novelty Hill Rd
(Indicate at time of registration where you plan to meet leaders)

This will be good for people wanting to listen to bird songs and calls of a few select species. It may be more of a hike than a bird walk but it is a beautiful forest if you have never been there! We will likely hear more birds than we see. Target species: Hooded Merganser, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Western Tanager, Purple Finch. Expect a hike over uneven dirt trails, uphill and down, ~5 miles. Bring water and snacks/lunch. Drivers may want a Good to Go! Pass.  Over mid-afternoon. Carpool cost $10.00 + 520 bridge toll shared equally by passengers.


Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Limit 8
Birding by Ear for Beginners
Leader:  Rachel Lawson
6:30 AM, South Parking Lot, Discovery Park

Birding by ear is a very useful skill that will increase your enjoyment and appreciation of birds.  On a relaxed two or three hour stroll in Discovery Park, we will listen to some of Seattle’s common birds, and work on techniques that will help beginners to identify them by their songs and calls. The South Parking Lot is reached via a short access road from W Emerson Street near 43rd Ave W. From Government Way, turn left on 36th Ave. W. which borders the park and then turn right on W. Emerson St.  Metro bus Route 24 has a stop along W Emerson Street a block to the east of the access road.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Limit 10
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Joe Sweeney
7:30 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park

 
Directions: Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1. Link to park map on SAS Website, field trips and walks page.  Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers. We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers, rain gear and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over by 10:30 a.m.
 

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - Limit 12 in 4 cars
Peregrine Falcons - breeding season in urban and natural sites
Leaders: Martin Muller, Roger Orness, and Ed Deal
7:00 AM sharp, Mercer Island P&R (See SAS website directions)

Join us for a full-day viewing (hopefully successful) Peregrine Falcon breeding pairs and their young. We’ll spend the morning in the Cascades along I-90 and the afternoon in Seattle. This exploration will cover how to view nest sites without disturbing the residents, nest site selection, territorial defense, growth, fledging and dispersal of young. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available. Bring a lunch, latte money, and a spotting scope, if possible. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Over by 4:00 p.m. Carpool cost $20 shared equally by passengers.
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Sequalitchew Creek Trail Hike
Leader:  Michael Hobbs
6:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R  

 
We will drive down to Dupont (52 miles one way distance), and hike the whole trail – a 5.4 mile round-trip hike, eating an early lunch at the beach while scoping for seabirds as we look out at the Nisqually delta and Anderson Island. This comprises the 1.4 mile section from the historical townsite of Dupont to the new Dupont City Hall, completely level, which goes through some wetlands, and then the 1.4 mile trip down Sequalichew Creek to the beach (200 ft drop over 1.4 miles). The whole trail is an old railroad grade and is wide and smooth, part paved and part gravel.  Wear good walking shoes and sun hats.  Bring sunscreen, water, and lunch; scopes if you can.  Hike will take 5-6 hours at birder’s pace. Back by about 3 p.m.
 

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Protection Island Sunset Birding Cruise
Leader:  George Gerdts
5:15 PM - 8:30 PM (in the evening), City Dock in Port Townsend
Cost: $85.00

Sign-up: Call Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation and ask for “Protection Island Sunset Cruise”, #431851-01. Cost is $85.00/participant. There is an additional $5.00 charge for non-Bainbridge Island residents. SAS members will have 20% of the fare DONATED to Seattle Audubon Society by simply informing BI Parks that they are SAS members when they sign up. Visa and MasterCard charges are accepted. Receipts, directions, and other information will be e-mailed to participants.

Cruise in comfort to PROTECTION ISLAND, with George Gerdts as leader/naturalist.  The  “Glacier Spirit” is a comfortable, diesel-powered yacht. It has a P.A. system which allows announced sightings to be heard from both inside and outside the ship. There is excellent viewing from inside the craft and ample viewing space outside on the front deck. Protection Island is a 400 acre National Wildlife Refuge at the entrance to Discovery Bay. It is a very special place, indeed—over 70% of the marine birds which nest in Puget Sound make Protection Island their breeding ground. Some 6000 pairs of Glaucous-winged Gulls, 22,000 pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets, thousands of Pigeon Guillemots, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants and sometimes, Brandt's Cormorants, too; and a few pairs of Black Oystercatchers nest on the island. One of the main attractions is the nesting colony of the outrageous TUFTED PUFFIN —- some 20-30 pairs nest in the bluffs. The concentrations of birds can be truly spectacular. Harbor Seals use the remote and protected site as a major haul-out area. Other marine mammal sightings are also possible. We expect to get good looks at all the nesting birds, plus a Bald Eagle or two, and, of course, great scenery. Since Rhinoceros Auklets are crepuscular/nocturnal feeders, we may get to see the adults carrying food back to their burrows to feed their single chicks.
 
The Glacier Spirit leaves from Port Townsend at 5:30 p.m. sharp and returns between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. Boarding will start at 5:15 p.m. Soft drinks, and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own light dinner; and dress in appropriate layers. The Strait can be very cool, even in June.

 
June 26, 2016 – Limit 8
Snoqualmie Point Hike
Leaders:  Sharon Ellard and Julie Monahan
6:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R or 6:30 AM, Tibbetts Lot
(Indicate at time of registration where you plan to meet leaders)

 
Such birds as Warbling Vireo, Townsend’s and Wilson’s Warblers, Rufous Hummingbirds, Pacific and Willow Flycatchers—and perhaps an Olive-sided Flycatcher or MacGillivray’s Warbler--are likely to be found on this section of Rattlesnake Ridge.  Bring a pack with layers for rain and warmth, plenty of water, food, binoculars and hiking footwear.  Discover Pass required.  Many birds will be identified by sound.  Moderate hike on trail and logging roads of 5-6 miles with an elevation gain of about 1500’.  Back at cars about noon, Greenlake P&R by one.
 

Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Limit 11
South Cle Elum Ridge
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R

South Cle Elum Ridge includes numerous habitats and the largest breeding bird diversity for Washington. Over 100 bird species were confirmed or possible breeders in this section. We'll search wetlands around Cle Elum for swallows, warblers, and Wood Ducks. Check the feeders in town for Rufous, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, as well as Cassin's and House Finches. Then we'll proceed up along Taneum Creek to the forests above I-90. Everything from Veeries and Canyon Wrens to Williamson's Sapsuckers and Evening Grosbeaks have been observed on this leg of the journey. Finally a great view of the Cle Elum Valley and North Cascades from the high point of our trip. The high country part of the trip depends on the snow conditions and may have to be abandoned if snow-covered roads are encountered. Bring lunch. We'll return between 5-6 p.m. Scopes and cameras welcome. The wildflower bloom should be starting. Carpool cost $45 shared equally by passengers. Bring Forest Service Trailhead Pass or National Parks Pass, if you have one.


Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Limit 11
Camano Island
Leader: Jean Trent
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will spend the day exploring Camano Island’s shoreline and saltwater marshes for seabirds, shorebirds, and the riparian and wooded areas for passerines and raptors. Specific areas include Livingston Bay and Iverson Spit. Short distances walking. Bring comfortable shoes, lunch and liquids. We will aim to head back to Seattle by 3 p.mM. Carpool cost $38 shared by riders.


Saturday, July 16 2016 – Limit 7 (2 cars)
Hurricane Ridge and Port Angeles
Leader: Jean Olson  
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Come celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday by visiting Hurricane Ridge. The high Olympics offer beautiful wildflowers in summer, alpine birds, and mammals. We will bird the high country looking for Horned Lark, Townsend’s Solitaire, American Pipit, Sooty Grouse and whatever else we can find. We will also bird some of the lowland forest around the Park. There will be some hiking, so bring sturdy shoes or hiking boots and appropriate clothing. Also, bring lunch, water and a backpack for the hiking portion. Cost is $50 shared equally by the riders, plus the ferry. We will also need one National Park Pass. Trip will be over in early evening.


Sunday, July 17, 2016 – Limit 8
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Evan Houston and Jen Kunitsugu
7:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the Douglas building and greenhouse – exact location (type into Google Maps) is here: 47.6581, -122.2887

This trip to an urban oasis is for birders of all skill levels. We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to identify and observe as many bird species as possible; should be at least 40! At this time of the year, the Fill offers a variety of breeding birds and cute fledglings including swallows and native sparrows, early migrants such as a shorebird or two, and often a nice surprise as well. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but muddy ground. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village. Scopes welcome if you’re willing to tote it (leaders will have them). Over by 11:00 a.m.


Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor Area - Early Migrating Shorebirds
Leader: Tim Boyer
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll concentrate on the shorebirds we find on the northern side of Grays Harbor spending the day at multiple locations in Ocean Shores. This will allow for a more leisurely approach and we’ll spend some extra time at each location.  During low tides in the morning we’ll be on the outer beaches and North Jetty.   During the afternoon at high tide, we’ll go inland to search for roosting shorebirds and hope to find an early fall rarity. Scopes will be helpful. Dress in layers for the weather and bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. We’ll be back around 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost $75 shared by riders.


Friday, July 29, 2016 – Limit 8
Lincoln Park (West Seattle)
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
7:30 AM, south parking lot, located at Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Cloverdale St.

Lincoln Park was recently described as one of Seattle’s premier urban birding sites! Due to its varied habitats, it hosts a diverse group of bird species, with sections of old growth forest, meadow, rocky and sandy shorelines. Bring binoculars, and a scope if you own one. Restrooms will be available. Over by 10 a.m.
 

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - Limit 11
Mowich Lake to Spray Park, Mt. Rainier NP
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

A moderately strenuous hike of 7 miles and an elevation gain of 800 feet passes through the old growth forest to the subalpine zone. Our focus is flowers, which are blooming from the forest to the meadows. Expect a wide variety of flowers in the various micro and macro habitats along the trail. Expect to see between 30-50 flowering plants. Look at the birds as a bonus because they are in a post-breeding dispersal and pre-migration so are very quiet. On sunny days the views of Mt Rainier are spectacular and the side trip to Spray Falls is beautiful. Return late afternoon or early evening. Lunch on the trail and prepare for mountain weather (hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc.). If you have a valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass, please bring it. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders + $25 per car for park entrance fee.


Monday, August 1, 2016 - Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
8:00 AM, south parking lot of Lincoln Park to catch the 8:25 AM Fauntleroy ferry

We may check the tidepools under the dock on the Vashon side for sea creatures if the tide is low enough.  We'll go to Fisher Pond to look for Wood Ducks, shorebirds, and passerines and then out to Fern Cove to look for shorebirds and gulls.  Several gull species will be just coming back and resting on the beach. Bring lunch and water. We’ll aim to return on the 2:20 or 3:30 p.m. ferry. Ed will contact all participants before the trip to coordinate parking and carpooling.  NOTE:  Be sure to leave your email address and phone numbers when signing up.  Double-check to make sure they are correct. Carpool costs: $9 shared equally by riders plus cost of ferry.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - Limit 6 in 2 cars
Birding the High Country!  Fremont Lookout and the Burroughs
Leaders: Jon Houghton and John White
6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

This will be a rigorous hike through some of the most accessible and scenic highlands in the US!!  We’ll start at 6,400 feet at Sunrise and head for Mt. Fremont. It’s a 5.6-mile round trip with 800 ft elevation gain and we’ll hope to add a couple of more miles, returning via First or Second Burroughs. Expect fabulous views and summer flowers!  Probably not a lot of birds, but they’ll be high altitude specialists with some pretty hard to find possibilities.  We’ll be birding subalpine parkland and alpine tundra for things like American Pipit, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Clark’s Nutcracker, White-tailed Ptarmigan, and Pine Grosbeak. Several other more exotic possibilities. This will be an all day trip. Bring your valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass if you have one. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders + $25 per car for park entrance fee.


Saturday, August 20, 2016 - Limit 12
Skagit WMA, Fir Island
Leaders: Jan Bragg and Travis Keay
8:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 8:45 AM at Ash Way P&R, SE corner
(Indicate at time of sign-up where you will meet leaders)

August is a quiet time for birding, but the Wildlife Management Area on Fir Island can be interesting almost any time of year. There may be some ducks around or a shorebird migrating south. Flycatchers, warblers or waxwings could be lingering. Expect a non-shaded walk over relatively level although uneven ground. Drivers will need a current Discover Pass. Back late afternoon. Carpool cost: $25 shared by rider.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – Limit 10
Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill)
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
7:30 AM, Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture east-side parking lot

The Union Bay Natural Area is distinguished for diverse habitats including grasslands, woods, ponds, marshland, and lake shoreline. It attracts a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground. Bring binoculars.


Saturday, August 26, 2016 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor area
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Shorebirds start moving south in early summer, and by August should be present in good numbers. We’ll explore the most likely locations searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.
 

Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Jordan Gunn and Louis Kreemer
6:30 AM, Discovery Park South Parking Lot (reached from W Emerson St)

Discovery Park is an ideal place to view resident and migratory birds. We’ll explore meadows, mixed forests and saltwater. September is a great time for seeing migratory birds moving through. We should see some summer species of birds ready to leave, as well as winter residents returning, including scoters, alcids, gulls, sparrows and maybe raptors. Parasitic Jaegar and Common Tern are occasionally observed here this time of year. There will be about a three hundred foot elevation gain. Scopes will be useful for scanning the saltwater off of West Point; leaders will have them. Bring binoculars, water, snacks and scopes if you’re willing to carry. Dress in layers as the weather may be windy or rainy. Over by noon.


Friday, September 16, 2016 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:20 AM (prompt), North Jackson Park P&R

September can be good for southbound shorebirds, as well as passerines and raptors and possibly loons, grebes and alcids. Plan on a full day as we hit the best spots on Whidbey, starting at the south end of the island and working our way north. We will carpool in three cars and plan on catching the 7:00 a.m. ferry from Mukilteo. Bring lunch, fluids, and scope if you have one. Dress for the weather.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost is $50.00 + ferry fee, shared equally by riders.


Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor Area - Fall Migrating Shorebirds
Leader: Tim Boyer
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll concentrate on the shorebirds we find on the northern side of Grays Harbor spending the day at multiple locations in Ocean Shores. This will allow for a more leisurely approach and we’ll spend some extra time at each location.  During low tides in the morning we’ll be on the outer beaches and North Jetty.   During the afternoon at high tide, we’ll go inland to search for roosting shorebirds and hope to find an early fall rarity. Scopes will be helpful. Dress in layers for the weather and bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. We’ll be back around 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost $75.00 per car, shared by riders.


Friday, September 23, 2016 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park

We will see lots of feeding activity at the park’s pea patch that includes American Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Anna's Hummingbirds. Down at the wetlands, we hope to find Bald Eagles, Great-blue Heron, and grebes out on Lake Washington. This easy walk through the park will take about three hours. Be mindful of the weather. If it has been raining, the trails will be muddy.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Ellensburg and vicinity for birds and early fall colors (maybe)
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R

Fall migrants should be starting to return, including shorebirds and raptors. Summer residents like bluebirds may still be found; resident birds such as Golden Eagle, Great Horned Owl, and Gray Partridge are possible. Fall colors like vine maple and aspen will be a bonus. Scopes and cameras welcome. Bring lunch; we'll return between 5:00-6:00 p.m. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.


Sunday, September 25, 2016 – Limit 9 in 3 cars
Noble Knob Hike
Leaders: Dave Swayne, Sam Woods, and Scott Ramos
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 7:00 AM at Renton Transit Center (655 S 2nd St) – please specify which location you will meet at when registering

 
We will hike to the old Noble Knob fire lookout, located in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest southeast of Enumclaw. The hike is moderate, with a distance of about 5 miles roundtrip and an elevation gain of 1000 feet. We will focus on raptors and other montane migrants – and a Northern Pygmy Owl is always a possibility. Dress in layers for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring a daypack, lunch, and plenty of fluids. Return late afternoon or early evening. Drivers need a NW Forest Pass or Federal Lands Pass. Carpool cost is $50.00 per car, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, October 9, 2016 – Limit 8
Carkeek Park
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
8:00 AM, Use park main entrance and meet at the far west parking area overlooking the water

Explore the North Seattle waterfront and the woodlands in search of fall migrating and resident species. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles with some hills.  Bring binoculars, and a scope if you own one. Dress to stay warm and dry. Restrooms will be available.  Bring water and snacks.  Over by 10 a.m.


Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Spencer Island and Surrounding Area
Leader: Jean Olson
6:30 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

Spencer Island and the nearby Snohomish River Estuary has a nice diversity of habitat including mixed forest, mudflats and open water. We should see a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Scopes are great if you have them. We will be walking with many stops to view birds. Dress in layers for the weather and boots are recommended because some trails are muddy. Drivers need a Discover Pass (Spencer Island does not require one, but we may make other stops in the area that do). Return in early afternoon. Carpool cost is $15.00 per car shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Limit 15 (carpooling encouraged)
West Seattle
Leader: Penny Rose
7:00 AM, Camp Long – 5200 35th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98126

Join us for an exploration of the "wilds" of West Seattle.  We will explore forests, Seattle's only river, saltwater shorelines and Puget Sound.  Expect mixed species flocks, shorebirds such as Surfbirds, raptors, and seabirds such as Scoters and Loons. Bring binoculars and scopes.


Saturday, October 29, 2016 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Port Angeles and Sequim
Leaders: Jean Olson and Jon Houghton
6:10 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R (contact leaders for possible alternate meeting locations)

Explore the north side of the Olympic Peninsula.  Stops include Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, Three Crabs and Sequim Bay State Park. Shorebirds and water birds will be the primary targets. Bring warm clothes and rain gear as the area can be blustery.  Lots of coffee stops (bring your mug), bathrooms and a little walking. Scopes are a plus. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Discover Pass needed by drivers. Carpool cost is $50.00 per car + $47.60 ferry fee, shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, October 29, 2016 – Limit 7
Point No Point, Hansville area
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:15 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

We will visit several locations in the Hansville area looking for sea ducks, alcids, grebes and loons as well as possible small gulls and jaegers. We will also do some forest walking where typical winter passerines should appear. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids, plus money for the ferry and a possible stop for coffee. Dress in layers to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Walking from the cars up to a mile on mostly level ground. Back by late afternoon, ferry dependent. Discover Pass needed by drivers. Carpool cost: $20 per car, plus cost of ferry, shared equally by riders.


Friday, November 4, 2016 – Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
8:00 AM, South Parking Lot (turn north onto Carolina and into the parking lot off of W. Emerson St.)

We will take a leisurely 2-3 mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on and off the loop trail exploring forest, field and wetland habitats.  Over by 11:30 a.m. The meadows and the bluffs can be very windy.  Dress for weather.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks.


Sunday, November 13, 2016 – Limit 14
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons     
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal. Calls on day of trip only please.
8:00 AM sharp, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

 
Join us for a Sunday morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.   Limit of 14, carpooling in the minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Due to the difficulty of car caravans in city traffic, we ask that you not add an extra vehicle so you can leave early.  Over promptly at 12:30 p.m.


Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Sharon Ellard and Jen McKeirnan
8:30 AM, parking lot east of Center for Urban Horticulture (near greenhouse area), 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195

We hope to find around 40 avian species in this morning outing. Our list at this time of year should include a variety of water birds, native sparrows, winter migrants, and an unexpected highlight or two. Since restroom facilities are very limited, stop by the QFC at the University Village on the way to field trip site. Expect to spend about three hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the wetlands and small woodlands the Fill provides. Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm while exposed to the elements. Boots are recommended. Scopes are welcome. Should be over by noon.


Sunday, November 13, 2016 – Limit 12
Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah
Leaders: Patty North and Todd Sahl
Indicate your meeting place when you register:
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R Lot, or
7:30 AM, Lake Sammamish State Park

 
Lake Sammamish State Park’s varied ecosystems provide habitat for a diverse collection of species in one of the Eastside’s ‘birdiest’ parks. Dress in layers and bring a snack.  Level walk of about 3-4 miles.  Some trails can be muddy after recent rain.  Drivers need a Discover Pass.  Over by about 12:30.  Carpool cost is $10 shared equally by riders.

From Seattle:  Take I-90 Eastbound to Exit 15.  Go left from the exit ramp, over the freeway.    Turn left at the second light onto NW Sammamish Rd.  In about 0.4 mile, the main park entrance is on the right.  After passing the toll hut (usually closed), take the first left into a large parking lot.  Meet at the NE corner.


Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Limit 7
Whidbey Island
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

 
Whidbey Island offers a variety of intriguing habitats to birds and birders, from open salt water to quiet bays, small lakes and marshes, to dense northwest forest and shrubby meadows. A traverse of the island (we will go north to south) should provide opportunities for many winter species of both water and land birds. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids for a long, intense day of birding. Dress for cool and wet NW weather (layers!), including footwear suited for walking on hillsides, wet grass and beaches. Scopes will be useful if you have one; we’ll be on the lookout for loons, grebes, scoters and Long-tailed Duck on the open water, raptors and other waterfowl inland. Return via Clinton ferry in late afternoon/evening – please be flexible, as we cannot guarantee we will make a specific ferry. Discover Pass needed by drivers. Carpool cost: $40.00 per car, plus cost of ferry, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, November 20, 2016 - Limit 10
South King County and Puget Sound
Leaders: Matt Bartels and Dasha Gudalewicz
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet. We’ll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring lunch & snacks, and dress for weather. Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon. Carpool cost $22.50 per car, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, November 20 – Limit 10
Samish Flats and Fir Island
Leaders: Penny Bolton and Sarah Peden
6:30 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

The Samish Flats and Fir Island offer some of the best winter raptor and waterfowl viewing in the state. Join Penny and Sarah for some great birding fun. All skill levels welcome. Expect to see Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Bald Eagles. With luck we’ll find a Peregrine Falcon and perhaps American Kestrel, Merlin and Short-eared Owls. On Padilla Bay we will see the various loons, scoters, mergansers, grebes and ducks aplenty. Bring a scope if you have one. You can borrow binoculars from the Audubon office if you need them. Dress for cold, wet and windy conditions. Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, and a Discover Pass if you have one (all cars need a Discover Pass). Return to town at 6 p.m. at the latest. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, December 10, 2016 – Limit 10 in three cars
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman
6:00 AM, North Jackson (NE 145th) P&R

A perfect trip for coffee drinkers: chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferry, gas, and lattes. Dress for blustery weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by riders (plus cost of ferry). Discover Pass needed by drivers.


Sunday, December 11, 2016 – Limit 6 in 2 cars
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Winter
Leader: Jon Houghton
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

This trip will visit several winter hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start at the Nature Conservancy’s newly constructed tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta, go on to Thomle Road (if reports there are positive), and Eide Road to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Dry Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, and the fabled West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up in the Bow-Edison area. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area.  Warning!  Hunting seasons will be in progress so this could limit waterfowl viewing. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery!  Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds. Carpool costs:  Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to Ravenna around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!).


Saturday December 17, 2016 - Limit 12
Green Lake
Leaders: Louis Kreemer and Martin Muller
9:00 AM, Bathhouse Theater, West Beach (between water and bathhouse)

Green Lake is an excellent place to observe birds up close.  This time of year most winter ducks are around as well as resident pied-billed grebes.  The local eagles should be here.  We should encounter some goldfinches and kinglets as well as Bushtits, nuthatches, and chickadees.  And who knows what else?  Besides bird identification and bird behavior, Green Lake history and ecology are also on the menu . Dress for standing still.  Layers are advised.  ’Tis better to shed than to shiver!  Bring snacks and water.  If you have a scope please bring it.  Over by noon or whenever we’ve worn out the hardiest of you!


Sunday, December 18, 2016 - Limit 10
Spencer Island, Everett
Leaders:  Jan Bragg and Travis Keay
8:30 AM,  Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 8:45 AM at SE corner of Ash Way P&R (exit #183 off I-5)
(Indicate at time of sign-up where you will meet leaders)

We will be walking around the south half of this island in the Snohomish River Estuary, looking for wintering sparrows, hoping for a raptor or two.  Between the parking lot and the island, we will scope out the myriad of ducks and gulls on the Everett Sewage Treatment Ponds.  Expect ~3 miles of walking on uneven, wet, level ground.  Return early to mid-afternoon, depending on whether we swing by the Everett waterfront for an optional extension...and on weather! Carpool cost:  $15 per car, to be shared equally by passengers in each car.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - Limit 10
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Joe Sweeney
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park

 
Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers. We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers, rain gear and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over by 11:00 a.m.

Directions: Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1.

 

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 – Limit 12
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Meet aboard the 8:25 AM ferry from Fauntleroy

We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry!  We’ll look for Harlequin Ducks and auklets near the Vashon dock.  At Fisher Pond, we may find Wood Ducks and other puddle ducks.  On Tramp Harbor, we’ll scan through large flocks of scoters, scaup, goldeneye and wigeon to look for something unusual.  Don’t arrange rides in parking lot, meet on ferry.  Let Nature Shop know if you can drive when you sign up.  You can park for 4 hours in the southernmost parking lot at Lincoln Park (1 block north of the ferry dock) or find parking on nearby neighborhood streets.  Do not park on Fauntleroy Way or you risk getting towed.  Participants should plan to arrive early enough to park, purchase a ticket, and board the 8:25 a.m. ferry.  Ed will meet up with participants on the ferry.  Ed’s car will be on the island.  Carpool cost: $6 plus cost of ferry ($5.25 per passenger plus a share of $14.30 car and driver ticket).


Saturday, January 14, 2017 – Limit 10
West Seattle Waterfront
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Webster
8:00 AM, Jack Block Park, 2130 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle

Explore the West Seattle waterfront and neighboring greenbelts in search of wintering and resident species. We'll carpool to several spots and walk up to two miles on relatively easy terrain. There is a strong possibility of a bakery stop.  Dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Over around noon. Carpool cost: $3 shared equally by riders.


Friday, January 20, 2017 – Limit 8
Bainbridge Island to Point No Point
Leaders: George Gerdts and Mary Anne Rossing
6:00 AM sharp, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R to form a carpool in 2 cars to take the 7:05 AM Bainbridge Island Ferry and meet George at the Bainbridge ferry terminal.

Join George Gerdts and Mary Anne Rossing for a day of birding some of the best spots on Bainbridge Island, then head to Point No Point for the outgoing tide. We will have the group back at the Bainbridge ferry terminal in time to catch the 5:30 p.m. ferry back to Seattle. We'll be looking for shorebirds and waterfowl (including loons and alcids). Scopes helpful. Bring a lunch and dress in layers in case of inclement weather.  Walking from the cars up to a mile on level ground. Carpool costs: $15 plus $45 for the ferry shared equally by riders.

If folks are going to drive on, the best place to meet would be the ACE Hardware Store parking lot on High School Road, just east of the intersection of High School Road and SR 305.  Take a right (east) onto High School Road at the second traffic light after exiting the ferry terminal.  It's a mile on SR 305 from the first light, which is at Winslow Way and SR 305.  There is a McDonald's on the SE corner of High School Road at the 2nd traffic light.  We'll meet the group in the parking lot.  If folks are going to walk on, we will meet them at the ferry terminal as they walk off.


Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Limit 7
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Blaine
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

January is a good time to look for loons, grebes, diving ducks, alcids, and possible wintering owls. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo and Drayton Harbor, as well as the Blaine Marina. Time permitting, we will drive through the Lummi area, then end at the West 90 to look for Rough-legged Hawks and Short-eared Owls. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Dress for cold and wet weather; bring lunch, snacks and fluids; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by early evening. Carpool costs: $45 shared equally by riders.


Sunday, January 29, 2017 – Limit 8
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
8:30 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park

Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields. This field trip is geared for any experience level.  We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain.  Bring binoculars and a scope if you own one.  Dress to stay warm and dry.  Restrooms will be available.  Over around 11:00 a.m.


Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Limit 10
Lower Duwamish - Jack Block Park to Hamm Creek
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Discover a string of parks and restored habitats along the Duwamish River in Seattle.  We’ll visit parks at the mouth of the Duwamish River (Jack Block Park), several south of the West Seattle Bridge (Terminal 105 and 107 Parks, Herrings House) and bird up to the farthest navigable point near Hamm Creek.  Expect to see a variety of birds, from sea ducks to passerines.  Join master birder Denis DeSilvis in exploring these often-overlooked, in-city parks.  Carpool cost $6 per car to be shared equally by riders.  End about 1:00 p.m.


Sunday, February 5, 2017
Seattle's Peregrine Falcons     
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM sharp, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

 
Join us for a Super Sunday morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Limit of 14, carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Due to the difficulty of car caravans in city traffic, we ask that you not add an extra vehicle so you can leave early. Over promptly at 12:30 p.m.  


Friday, February 10, 2017 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North Parking Lot of the park

February is a good time to see wintering ducks and grebes. Luther Burbank Park has an impressive shoreline from which to watch ducks, grebes, cormorants, gulls and Belted Kingfisher. Fox Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Pacific Wren, Towhees, Anna's Hummingbirds, Kinglets, and a resident pair of Bald Eagle are likely to be seen. Meet in the North parking lot at 9 a.m. The loop trip may be rainy and  muddy so dress accordingly.  Over by noon.


Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion (west side of boat launch parking lot E-1.  At the end of drive, on your right, after entering Magnuson Park from NE 65th St entrance).  Bus #75.

 
This is a great time to look at sparrows and migratory waterfowl which spend the winter in Seattle. By mid Feb, some of our songbirds may be starting to sing and Anna's hummingbirds may be starting to nest. We will be climbing uphill and down at Promontory Point, then walking through the wetlands, and ending along the lake shoreline. Be prepared to walk over uneven, wet, muddy ground. This is open to all levels of birders, especially those who want to listen to bird calls and songs. Children accompanied by adult welcome. Over by early afternoon.


Saturday-Sunday, February 18-19, 2017 (Friday, February 17 to travel to Omak) - Limit 10
Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg, Sarah Safranek, and Allisa Carlson
6:00 AM, lobby of Omak Inn, Omak, Washington, both Saturday and Sunday

The Okanogan Highlands in winter provide wonderful opportunities to see arctic visitors, altitudinal migrants, and hard-to-see residents.  We will start birding from Omak on Saturday at first light, hoping to see Sharp-tailed Grouse feeding in water birches in the Scotch Creek area. From there, we’ll head up to the town of Conconully to look for forest birds (nuthatches, Pine Grosbeaks, Clark’s Nutcrackers, and maybe a Northern Goshawk). We’ll then cross the Okanogan River eastwards and explore the highland wooded areas and clearings seeking Snow Buntings, Gray-crowned Rosy-finches, Northern Pygmy Owls. If we are lucky, we may see White-winged Crossbills, and even luckier, Great Gray Owl at dusk at the end of our first day.

On Sunday we’ll bird the orchards and islands near Brewster seeking Bohemian Waxwings, American Tree Sparrows, and winter ducks. Then we’ll explore the open fields of the Waterville Plateau looking for Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Gray Partridge, and possibly Long-eared Owl or even a Gyrfalcon. We’ll finish birding by afternoon so participants can drive home by Sunday night.

Logistics: Participants will need to arrange their own overnight accommodations for two nights in Omak, and will need to get to Omak by Friday night. We will need two more snow-capable vehicles in addition to leader’s Subaru, (AWD is ideal) for carpooling on the birding trips from Omak (there is not enough parking at every stop to accommodate more than 3 cars). Each carpool car will need a Discover Pass and a radio. Bring warm clothes appropriate for freezing temperatures and wind, appropriate footwear for slippery snow and ice, and enough food/drink to carry in the car all day. Scopes helpful for spotting grouse, owls. Most of the birding will involve short walks from the cars, with some walks up to a mile. Carpool costs shared equally by riders in each car, at Seattle Audubon rates of $0.25 per mile (estimate $130 per car). When signing up make certain that phone and e-mail contact information is accurate since leaders will need to coordinate logistics. Attendees will need to get to and from Omak on their own, although it may be possible to share rides with other participants.


Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Limit 6
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Late Winter
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Sarah Peden
7:15 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

This trip will visit several winter hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds and seabirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start at the Nature Conservancy’s tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta, go on to Thomle Road (if reports there are positive), and Eide Road to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Dry Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, the West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up with a good dose of marine birds from the County Park on Samish Island. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery!  Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds and marine birds. Carpool costs:  Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to Park and Ride around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!).
 

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - Limit 12
Green Lake
Leaders: Louis Kreemer and Martin Muller
8:00 AM, Bathhouse Theater, West Beach (between water and bathhouse)

Green Lake is an excellent place to observe birds up close after they’ve spent the winter getting acclimatized to people circumnavigating the lake. This time of year most winter ducks are still around and some migrant water birds start passing through. The local eagles (up the hill) should be on eggs, leaving one of them free to scour the lake for edibles, encourage visiting eagles of the same sex to “move on through” and those of the opposite sex to “stay awhile." We should observe courtship in some of the waterfowl, as well as coots and pied-billed grebes practicing their freshly developed flight muscles prior to departure for breeding grounds (although perhaps some pied-bills will stick around like they used to, to try breeding amongst the water lilies). We should encounter some warblers, as well as lingering goldfinches and kinglets. And who knows what else. Besides bird identification and bird behavior, Green Lake history and ecology are also be on the menu. Dress for standing still. Layers are advised. ’Tis better to shed than to shiver! If you have a scope please bring it. Over by noon or whenever we’ve worn out the hardiest of you!


Saturday, March 18, 2017 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina, Birch Bay
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R

Winter is a good time to look for loons, diving ducks and alcids. Loons sometimes number in the hundreds. Long-tailed Ducks are also normally seen. We’ll start at Semiahmoo and make our way to Drayton Harbor, the Blaine Marina and Birch Bay. Weather and time permitting, we will stop at Lake Terrell on our way home. Drivers will need a Discover Pass for Birch Bay S.P. Dress for cold/wet weather, bring fluids, lunch, treats for leaders and snacks. Scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Costs: $60 shared equally by riders.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 -  Limit 11 in 3 cars
Kittitas County Sage Birds
Leader: Brian H. Bell
6:30 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R

March is a good time for sage birds in Kittitas County. We will meet at the Tibbetts P&R (I-90 exit 15, turn south to 3rd stop signal, turn left a block and then right into the P&R). We will work our way east from Ellensburg down to Vantage looking for Sage Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s Sparrow, and whatever else we can find. Bring lunch, scopes, and dress warmly. Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  Carpool cost $65 per car shared by riders.


Saturday, March 25, 2017
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Leader: George Gerdts
9:45 AM, Winslow City Dock. Boat leaves at 10:00 AM. See below for sign up and travel directions

Aboard the 80-foot “Admiral Pete” with George Gerdts, long-time SAS Member, as leader/naturalist. Expect great looks at three species of cormorants; sea ducks; rocky-shore sandpipers; a Bald Eagle or two; great scenery; and a unique, close-up view of the Bainbridge Island shoreline.  The trip leaves the Winslow City Dock at 10:00 a.m. and will return by 2:00 p.m.  If coming from Seattle, plan to take the 8:55 ferry to Bainbridge Island as a walk-on.  George will meet the group at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal at 9:30 for the short walk to the "Admiral Pete". If you plan to drive on, parking is available near the City Dock.  To reserve a space call the Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation Department and ask about Class # 131850-01. Credit card payment is accepted.  Leave your e-mail address when signing up, and directions and a map of Bainbridge Island, including where to park if driving, will be sent to you via e-mail.  Price is $85, but for SAS members $15 of the cost of the trip will be donated to SAS.  Be sure to tell the BI Parks, when you sign up, that you are a member of SAS, so that the donation can be made.  If a participant does not live on Bainbridge Island, a $5.00 "off-Island" fee is added to the cost of the trip.


Sunday, March 26, 2017 - Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:30 AM, Discovery Park South Parking Lot entrance on W Emerson St

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11 a.m.
 

Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Limit 12
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Leaders: Sharon Ellard and Julie Monahan
7:30 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture east parking lot by the greenhouses

 
Beginning birders especially welcome on this very early spring 3+ mile walk. No requirement to be an April Fool! We expect wrens, some early migrants, raptors and waterfowl. The Fill often provides a look at (or sound of) the unexpected bird. We should find as many as 40 species. Bring binoculars, a scope if you own one. Wear layers, be prepared for rain and have boots for the mud. Expect mostly flat terrain. You may want to bring snacks and water. Since restrooms are scarce, you will want to stop at the U Village QFC before you arrive. Over by about 11:30 a.m.


Saturday, April 15, 2017 – Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader:  Jan Bragg
9:00 AM,  Education Pavilion (west side of E-1, boat launch parking lot.  Drive in NE 65th St Entrance, at end of drive on your right.) Bus #75.  

This is a great time of year for songsters, especially if the sun is shining!  As we climb uphill and down, we'll be looking and listening for arriving migratory birds (Osprey, swallows and Savannah Sparrows).
We will also be watching for signs of nesting.  And we will look for lingering ducks in the wetlands and along the shoreline, depending on interest.  Be prepared to walk over uneven, wet, muddy ground.  This is open to all levels of birders, especially those wanting to bird by ear.  Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Over early afternoon.


Friday, April 21, 2017 – Limit 10
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leader: Jean Trent
8:00 AM, 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, Juanita Bay Park parking lot

Explore a good mix of habitats, finding waterfowl, raptors, woodpeckers, swallows and perhaps a shorebird. The early migrants will be arriving, some of the wintering passerines will still be around, the resident birds will be singing and establishing territories, and there’s always the possibility of a surprise. Scopes helpful. Dress for the weather. Over by 11:00 am.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Limit 6
Snoqualmie Point Bird & Hike
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Jeanelle Richardson
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Snoqualmie Point is the northern access point to the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. It climbs through alder woods, a recent clearcut and older second growth conifer forest, thus offering a varied set of habitats. Expect to see and hear a variety of passerines, including warblers and vireos. With luck, we may encounter Red Crossbills, Varied Thrush and Sooty Grouse. And raptors are always a possibility. We will hike about 5 miles, with an elevation gain of 1500 feet, both on trail and on old logging roads. Bring snacks and fluids, protection from the weather, and sturdy hiking boots. Return mid- to late-afternoon. Carpool cost: $12, shared equally by riders.


Friday, April 28, 2017 – Limit 8
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy & Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center Parking Lot

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Limit 6
Nearly Local Birding “North of the Border” - half day to Edmonds Area Hotspots
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Renee Koval-Huenuquero
6:30 AM, Willow Creek Hatchery, 95 Pine Street, Edmonds (just west off Edmonds Way at the bottom of the hill as you approach the ferry line)

This will be a great trip for north-end beginning and intermediate birders.  Learn some cool birding areas you can access for a few minutes, or a few hours, any day of the year!  We’ll visit some easily accessible areas within minutes of Northgate (OK, they’re in south Snohomish Co.).  Diverse habitats of mature second growth forest, freshwater marsh and riparian scrub, saltmarsh, and marine shorelines will be included.  We should see a diverse mixture of resident and migrant, upland and marine birds including warblers, vireos, sparrows, wrens, herons, scoters, alcids, and maybe an urban owl!  $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Limit 15
Snoqualmie Wildlife Area – Stillwater Unit & Tolt River-MacDonald Park, Carnation
Leaders:  Anne Jacobs, Dick Lazeres and Patty North
6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 7:30 AM, South parking lot of the Stillwater Unit (specifics below)

Stillwater offers a fine diversity of habitat from open fields and riparian woodlands to marshy wetlands.  We’ll bird along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and head out across the fields to the Snoqualmie River.  At the end of our 3 mile loop we may return to the cars and move to Tolt–MacDonald Park in Carnation.  This is another area of diverse habitat where you can expect almost any Western Washington lowland species.  Mostly level walking about 5 miles, total for both locations.  Knee-high grass can be wet, so dress accordingly.  Field trip over by about noon. Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  Carpool cost $15 shared equally by passengers, plus $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.

The Stillwater Unit is located on Highway 203 between Carnation and Duvall, on the west side of the Carnation-Duvall highway.  The south parking lot is 300 yards north of the Stillwater gas station on Highway 203. 47°40'59.0"N 121°55'26.1"W


Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor area
Leader: Brian H. Bell
5:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Shorebirds, in breeding plumage, start moving north in mid-April and by early May should be present in good numbers. We’ll explore the most likely locations (probably including Bottle Beach) searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids.  Dress in layers and bring raingear.  Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.  $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Limit 11 in 3 cars
Cle Elum to Ellensburg Hotspots
Leader: Lee Barnes
5:30 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across street from 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center

Bullfrog Pond, Cle Elum hummingbird feeders, Railroad Ponds, Taneum Creek, Robinson Canyon, Manastash Canyon, Riverside Park, Umtanum Ridge; Old Vantage Highway, Swauk Prairie or Yakima Canyon for the finale.  Depending on time, maybe a stop at the Pioneer Café for ice cream (time permitting).  Back 5-7 p.m.  Bring lunch and dress for weather (cool morning with warm afternoon).  Scopes helpful, cameras OK.  $50 carpool cost shared by riders.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Friday, May 19, 2017 – Limit 10
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
9:00 AM, in north parking lot near tennis courts

Nesting season has begun and birds will be courting and singing on territories. Red-winged Blackbirds, Bald Eagles, grebes, woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds, sparrows – we will just have to see what we find. Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot-gear is needed. Dress in layers, bring raingear.  Back by noon.  $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Friday, May 19, 2017 – Limit 11
East of the Cascades: Snoqualmie to Liberty, Colockum
Leader: Dave Swayne and Sam Woods
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across the street from the 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center

 
The east side of the Cascades offers a variety of birds we rarely see in the Puget Trough, and by late May most migrants should be back on their breeding grounds. We'll drive over Snoqualmie Pass and bird the east side foothills, exploring river valleys and open hillsides, trying to make it all the way across the Kittitas valley and into the sage.  We may do a little walking, but we'll likely stay close to the cars so we can cover more ground.  Bring lunch and drinks, and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass.  Carpool cost $60, split amongst riders in car excluding driver, in addition to $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Emily Bishton
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center

This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approximately 3 hours spotting birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, and the entire Wetlands Complex.  We'll keep a lookout for the multiple sparrow and swallow species that are annual summer visitors, as well as year-round residents such as Downy Woodpecker, Pied-billed Grebe, Osprey, other raptors and waterfowl.  Be prepared for approximately 2 miles of walking, uphill and down.  Dress in layers, bring raingear. If you wish to borrow binoculars, make sure to request them from the Seattle Audubon office when you register. Donation $15 to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Limit 6 in 2 cars
Umtanum Creek Recreational Area
Leaders: Tiffany and Tor Linbo
6:00 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across the street from the 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center

Prepare to hike 6 miles through sage-steppe, riparian, Ponderosa pine, and open meadows up Umtanum Creek. Elevation gain is gradual, but there are a couple of shallow stream crossings. Birds we hope to see include Yellow-breasted Chat, Prairie Falcon, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, and Lewis’s Woodpecker. Wear hiking footwear and lightweight clothing that covers legs and ankles. Bring lunch, water and snacks; back late afternoon. Parking fee payable at the parking lot or National Parks Pass required for each car. Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders, in addition to $25 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Limit 12
Washington Park Arboretum Bird Walk
Leader: Penny Bolton
9:30 to 11:00 AM, Graham Visitor’s Center

Beginners and kids! Let’s do a City Birders Field Trip to the Washington Park Arboretum.  Join Master Birder Penny Bolton to learn about our city birds.  Penny will take you through the forested part of the Arboretum to listen to our local birds.  Then we’ll visit the “Duck Pond” and see who is there. Bring your curiosity and binoculars, if you have them.  Walk will be over by 11 a.m. $15 donation to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.


Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Limit 10
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park - Shoreline
Leader: Joe Sweeney
8:00 AM, parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms

Expect to walk 2-3 leisurely paced miles, including some hills and steps.  We will first walk the main paths and steps in this very scenic park.  Then, we’ll return to our cars and walk the short distance to the beach for some sea bird watching overlooking the Puget Sound. The weather is usually cooler on the beach, so wear layers and rain gear, if necessary. Bring binoculars, of course.  A scope will also be helpful, if you have one. Over by 10:30 a.m. Donation $15 to Seattle Audubon for Birdathon.
 

Monday, June 12, 2017 – Limit 12
Big Four Area, Granite Falls
Leaders: Pam Pritzl and Rebekah Graham
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

The Big 4 area lies along the Stillaguamish River east of Granite Falls. Spring mountain birding is at its best here. The trail takes you on a boardwalk across a freshwater marsh (expect to see Red-breasted Sapsuckers, flycatchers, warblers), across a bridge over the south fork of the Stillaguamish River (look for Dippers, Common Merganser, Harlequin Ducks and Spotted Sandpiper), into the forest (Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Western Wood-Pewees and Varied Thrushes are common) and eventually to a huge cirque that ends at a lookout area (we'll plan to eat lunch here). Drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass (available at REI, any NP office or national forest office). Bring lunch and wear hiking boots and expect to walk a leisurely 2 miles round trip, 200' gain. Trip will be over in afternoon. Carpool cost of $35 shared equally by passengers.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Limit 11
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan
Meet aboard the 8:25 AM ferry from Fauntleroy

We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry!  We’ll check out around the docks for breeding Pigeon Guillemot and watch for other alcids on the way over to Vashon.  On the Island we’ll check out the ponds and wetlands for breeding Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers and possibly Green-winged Teal.  A good selection of vireos, flycatchers and warblers should be singing.  Chipping Sparrows may be nesting again along some of the open farm areas.  We will take just two other cars, please let the Nature Shop know if you can drive.  Everyone else will walk on the ferry and meet on the passenger deck.  Street parking is available on the neighborhood street extension of Fauntleroy Way just south of the ferry dock.  Passenger ferry tickets are $5.30 and be prepared to share the cost of the $23.20 car ticket with car drivers.


Saturday, June 17, 2017
Protection Island Sunset Birding Cruise
Leader:  George Gerdts
5:15 PM - 8:30 PM (in the evening), City Dock in Port Townsend

Cruise in comfort to PROTECTION ISLAND, with George Gerdts as leader/naturalist.  The  “Glacier Spirit” is a comfortable, diesel-powered yacht. It has a P.A. system which allows announced sightings to be heard from both inside and outside the ship. There is excellent viewing from inside the craft and ample viewing space outside on the front deck. Protection Island is a 400 acre National Wildlife Refuge at the entrance to Discovery Bay. It is a very special place, indeed—over 70% of the marine birds which nest in Puget Sound make Protection Island their breeding ground. Some 6000 pairs of Glaucous-winged Gulls, 22,000 pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets, thousands of Pigeon Guillemots, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants and sometimes, Brandt's Cormorants, too; and a few pairs of Black Oystercatchers nest on the island. One of the main attractions is the nesting colony of the outrageous TUFTED PUFFIN —- some 20-30 pairs nest in the bluffs. The concentrations of birds can be truly spectacular. Harbor Seals use the remote and protected site as a major haul-out area. Other marine mammal sightings are also possible. We expect to get good looks at all the nesting birds, plus a Bald Eagle or two, and, of course, great scenery. The Glacier Spirit leaves from Port Townsend at 5:30 p.m. sharp and returns between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. Boarding will start at 5:15 p.m. Soft drinks, and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own light dinner; and dress in appropriate layers. The Strait can be very cool, even in June.


Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Limit 12
Peregrine Falcons – The Breeding Season in Urban and Natural Sites         
Leaders: Martin Muller, Roger Orness, and Ed Deal
7:00 AM Sharp, Mercer Island Park & Ride

Join us for a full-day viewing (hopefully successful) Peregrine Falcon breeding pairs and their young.  We’ll spend the morning in the Cascades along I-90 and the afternoon in Seattle.  This exploration will cover how to view nest sites without disturbing the residents, nest site selection, territorial defense, growth, fledging and dispersal of young.    Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available.  Bring a lunch and latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Drivers bring Discover Passes.  Limit of 12, carpooling in 4 or fewer vehicles. Trip over no later than 4:00 p.m.


Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Limit 11
South Cle Elum Ridge
Leader: Lee Barnes
5:30 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R

South Cle Elum Ridge includes numerous habitats and the largest breeding bird diversity for Washington. Over 100 bird species were confirmed or possible breeders in this section. We'll search wetlands around Cle Elum for swallows, warblers, and Wood Ducks. Check the feeders in town for Rufous, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, as well as Cassin's and House Finches. Then we'll proceed up along Taneum Creek to the forests above I-90. Everything from Veeries and Canyon Wrens to Williamson's Sapsuckers and Evening Grosbeaks have been observed on this leg of the journey. Finally a great view of the Cle Elum Valley and North Cascades from the high point of our trip. The high country part of the trip depends on the snow conditions and may have to be abandoned if snow-covered roads are encountered. Bring lunch. We'll return between 5-6 p.m. Scopes and cameras welcome. The wildflower bloom should be starting. Carpool cost $45 shared equally by passengers. Bring Forest Service Trailhead Pass or National Parks Pass, if you have one.


Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Limit 12
Redmond Watershed Preserve
Leaders: Jan Bragg and Virginia Bound
9:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
or 9:45 AM, Redmond Watershed Preserve, 21760 NE Novelty Hill Rd
(Indicate at time of registration where you plan to meet leaders)

This will be good for people wanting to listen to bird songs and calls of a very few select species. It will be more of a hike than a bird walk, but it is a beautiful forest if you have never been there! We will likely hear more birds than we see. Target species: Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Western Tanager, Purple Finch and perhaps a warbler or 2. Expect a hike over uneven dirt trails, uphill and down, ~5 miles. Bring water and snacks/lunch. Drivers will want a Good to Go! Pass.  Over mid-afternoon. Carpool cost $10.00 + 520 bridge toll shared equally by passengers.


Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Limit 6
Snoqualmie Point Hike
Leaders:  Sharon Ellard and Phyllis Moss
6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

 
Such birds as Warbling Vireo, Townsend’s and Wilson’s Warblers, Rufous Hummingbirds, Pacific and Willow Flycatchers—and perhaps an Olive-sided Flycatcher or MacGillivray’s Warbler--are likely to be found on this section of Rattlesnake Ridge.  Bring a pack with layers for rain and warmth, plenty of water, food, binoculars and hiking footwear.  Many birds will be identified by sound.  Moderate hike on trail and logging roads of 4 miles with an elevation gain of about 800’. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Back at Green Lake P&R by one. Carpool cost $15, paid by riders.


Sunday, July 16, 2017 – Limit 10
Camano Island
Leaders: Jean Trent and Deb Heiden
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will spend the day exploring Camano Island’s shoreline and saltwater marshes for seabirds, Purple Martins, shorebirds, and the riparian and wooded areas for passerines and raptors. Specific areas include English Boom, Livingston Bay and Iverson Spit. Short distances walking. Bring comfortable shoes, lunch and liquids. We will aim to head back to Seattle by 3:00 p.m. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $38 shared by riders.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leaders: Joe Sweeney and Karen Wosilait
8:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park

 
Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers, including children under 18 (with an adult). We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over about 11:00 a.m.


Saturday, July 22, 2017 – Limit 6 in 2 cars
Iron Bear Peak (Kittitas County)
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Tony Catanzaro
5:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Hike the dry side of the Cascades, at the end of FS 9714, through open pine forest and riparian habitats to a mountaintop viewpoint in the Teanaway/Blewett Pass region. This is a great hike to practice your birding by ear skills, as you are constantly taunted by invisible vireos, warblers and flycatchers. With luck we could see a Williamson’s Sapsucker or Mountain Bluebird. Besides all the lower montane species, we may find Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Lazuli Buntings. Return late afternoon or early evening. We will hike about 7 miles round trip, with elevation gain of 1600 ft, topping out at 5500 ft. This is a moderately strenuous hike, so wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack and lunch, plus a minimum of 2 liters of water. Drivers need to bring Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - Limit 10
Mowich Lake to Spray Park, Mt. Rainier NP
Leaders: Lee Barnes and Andy Jacobson
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

A moderately strenuous hike of 7 miles and an elevation gain of 800 feet passes through the old growth forest to the subalpine zone. Our focus is flowers, which are blooming from the forest to the meadows. Expect a wide variety of flowers in the various micro and macro habitats along the trail. Expect to see between 30-50 flowering plants. Look at the birds as a bonus because they are in a post-breeding dispersal and pre-migration so are very quiet. On sunny days the views of Mt Rainier are spectacular and the side trip to Spray Falls is beautiful. Return late afternoon or early evening. Lunch on the trail and prepare for mountain weather (hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc.). If you have a valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass, please bring it. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders + $25 per car for park entrance fee.


Monday, August 7, 2017 – Limit 12
Sand Point:  Magnuson Park and NOAA campus, Seattle
Leader:  Jan Bragg
10:00 AM,  Swim Beach parking lot, E-4.

This is a quiet time of year for birds.  But let’s take a walk and see if we can find any juveniles.  We’ll be walking around the north end of the park, uphill and down, until 11:30 when the NOAA gate opens and we can see what’s happening on the federal side of the fence.  If we are lucky, the young Osprey may still be on the nest platform there.  Be prepared to walk over uneven ground, gravel and pavement, 2-3 miles.  This is open to all levels of birders, especially those wanting to bird by ear.  Children accompanied by adult welcome. Adults will need a current WA driver’s license/photo i.d. to get onto the NOAA grounds. Over early afternoon.


Friday, August 11, 2017 — Limit 7 in 2 cars
Yellow Aster Butte, Mt Baker Area
Leader: Ed Swan
6:30 AM, Mountlake Terrace Transit Center (6001 236th St SW, Mountlake Terrace)

 
With breathtaking scenery, this strenuous trail 7.2-mile hike gains nearly 1500 feet of elevation in under a mile and a half with a total elevation gain of 2550 feet. Views into Canada and the south-facing slopes of the High Divide abound. Possible birds to be seen along this trail are Gray Jay, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Golden Eagle, Three-toed Woodpecker and Gray-crowned Rosy-finch. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack and lunch, plus a minimum of 2 liters of water. A Northwest Forest Pass or annual national parks pass is required for trailhead parking. Carpool costs $60 shared equally by riders.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Limit 10 in 3 cars
Grays Harbor area
Leaders: Brian H. Bell and Peter Gurney
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Shorebirds start moving south in early summer, and by August should be present in good numbers. We’ll explore the most likely locations searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.
 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Limit 12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Joe Sweeney
8:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park

Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers, including children under 18 (with an adult). We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over about 11:00 a.m.


Sunday, September 10, 2017 – Limit 8
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center Parking Lot

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 - mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11:00 a.m.


Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Limit 9 in 3 cars
Noble Knob Hike
Leaders: Dave Swayne, Sam Woods, and Scott Ramos
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will hike to the old Noble Knob fire lookout, located in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest southeast of Enumclaw. The hike is moderate, with a distance of about 5 miles roundtrip and an elevation gain of 1000 feet. We will focus on raptors and other montane migrants – and a Northern Pygmy Owl is always a possibility. Dress in layers for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring a daypack, lunch, and plenty of fluids. Return late afternoon or early evening. Drivers need a NW Forest Pass or Federal Lands Pass. Carpool cost is $50.00 per car, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Deb Heiden and Jean Trent
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Whidbey Island in the fall has a variety of migratory and resident birds to be found, given the varied habitats amongst its bays, marshes and forests. We will look for migrating shorebirds, passerines and sea birds at the best known stops from South to North.

Wear good walking shoes and appropriate clothes for the weather, and bring lunch and fluids. Scopes will be useful. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $50.00  shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders. We will return by late afternoon or early evening.


Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Limit 9 in 3 cars
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Jen Kunitsugu, Jack Stephens and Jane Lester
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will start at the Refuge Visitor Center, and walk 2-4 mostly level miles along the Twin Barns Loop Trail, Nisqually Estuary Trail, and the Estuary Boardwalk Trail. The riparian woodlands are a good spot for many species, including Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Pileated, Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadee. The area around the Visitor Center is worth a check for Wilson’s Snipe, and American Bittern, Western Meadowlark and American Pipit are always a possibility along the estuary trail. We’ll check the fresh water marsh for Cackling and Canada Geese, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and Green-winged Teal.  We’ll scan the estuary mud flats for shorebirds like Greater Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitcher. Around the refuge we hope to encounter various birds of prey such as Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon. Time permitting, we will make a side trip to Luhr Beach to scan the open water for grebes, loons, alcids and other waterbirds we may have missed from the boardwalk.

Dress for the weather and bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes welcome. Carpool cost: $27.50 per car, shared equally by riders. Daily fee for entering the refuge is $3.00 per 4 adults, unless you have an Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp or Annual Refuge Pass. Return mid-to-late afternoon.


Sunday, October 1, 2017 – Limit 12
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Dave Galvin and Louis Kreemer
7:00 AM, South Parking Lot

Early October is still a good time for migration. We can expect species that are about to depart south for the winter and others that have recently arrived from the north. From the South Parking Lot, we’ll work our way to the South Meadow, where sparrows have gathered in winter flocks. Rare species are always a possibility. From the meadow we’ll go north to Bird Alley and Utah Wetlands, and walk through a large forested stretch on our way to the water. We may observe a couple warbler species that haven’t completed their migration yet. West Point is a great place to view migrating seabirds, and we can expect various duck, loon, grebe and gull species. Common terns are possible, as well as Parasitic Jaegers. There may also be shorebirds on the beach or flying by. Afterwards we’ll make our way back up the bluff and to the parking lot.

Expect to end by noon at the earliest. There will be a good elevation change, and be prepared for up to 4 miles of walking. Dress for the weather, and bring liquids, snacks, binoculars, and a spotting scope would be helpful on West Point. Leaders will have scopes.
 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R, prompt so we can catch the ferry

Whidbey Island is an excellent birding spot any time of the year. We will work our way up island looking for waterbirds (duck, grebes, loons, alcids), raptors, and passerines. Come prepared for almost any weather, waterproof footwear, a scope will be helpful. Bring lunch, fluids, a Discover Pass if you have one. Carpool cost: $50.00 per car  shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders .


Friday, October 20, 2017 – Limit 6 in 2 cars
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in fall
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Renee Kovol-Huenuqueo
7:00 AM, North Jackson (NE 145th St) P&R

 
This trip will visit several fall hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll bird Norman Rd. and Boe Rd.en Route to The Nature Conservancy’s tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta, go on to Thomle Road and to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Hayton Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, and the fabled West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up in the Bow-Edison area. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area.  Warning!  Hunting seasons may be in progress so this could limit waterfowl viewing. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery!  Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds. Carpool costs:  Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to the P & R around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!)


Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Limit 6
Point No Point, Hansville area
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Karen Wosilait
6:15 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

We will visit several locations in the Hansville area looking for sea ducks, alcids, grebes and loons as well as possible small gulls and jaegers. We will also do some forest walking where typical winter passerines should appear. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids, plus money for the ferry and a possible stop for coffee. Dress in layers to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Walking from the cars up to a mile on mostly level ground. Back by late afternoon, ferry dependent. Discover Pass is needed by drivers. Carpool cost: $21 per car  shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders.
 

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Limit 10
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Shep Thorp and Peter Gurney
6:45 AM sharp, Depart Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or meet Shep at 8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center Pond Overlook

Join leaders Shep Thorp, Refuge volunteer, and Peter Gurney, for weekday trip to the Billy Frank Jr, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  We will walk 4 miles along the Twin Barns Loop Trail, Nisqually Estuary Trail and the Estuary Boardwalk Trail.  There will be a High 14ft Tide around 9:00am.  The riparian woodlands will provide good opportunity to see Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, accipiters, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush, Brown Creeper, Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Purple Finch.  The new dike should be good for wintering waterfowl: Cackling Geese, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal and shorebirds: Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitchers.  Hopefully we will also see Northern Harrier and Northern Shrike.  From the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail we should see Double-crested Cormorant, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Mew Gull, Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon.  Bring rain gear, water and lunch; we will finish at 3pm.   Carpool cost from Seattle: $27.50 shared equally by riders.  Tell Seattle Audubon volunteer where you plan to meet.


Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Limit 8
Lincoln Park
Leaders: Jen McKeirnan and Julia Hansbrough
8:30 AM, Lincoln Park South-end Parking Lot, located at Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Cloverdale St.

Explore the West Seattle waterfront and woodlands in search of wintering and resident species.  Expect to see ducks, loons, grebes and alcids on the water.  Woodland bird sightings bring wrens, sparrows, chickadees, kinglets and raptors.  This field trip is geared for beginner birders.  Expect to walk up to 4 leisurely paced miles with some hills.  Bring binoculars, and a scope if you own one.  Dress to stay warm and dry.  Restrooms will be available.  Bring water and snacks.  Over around noon.


Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Limit 9, 12 total in three cars
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman, Karen Wosilait
6:00 AM sharp, Leave North Jackson (NE 145th St) P&R

A perfect trip for coffee drinkers (not required): chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops.  Even a coffee/hot chocolate stop at the Nordland store.  Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend.  Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility.  We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks.  Scopes a plus.  Bring a lunch, water and money for the ferry and lattes.  Dress for blustery weather in layers with rain gear.  Bring treats for leaders.  Return by late afternoon or early evening.  Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders .  Discover Pass is needed by drivers.


Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Limit 10
South King County and Puget Sound
Leaders: Matt Bartels and Dasha Gudalewicz
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet.  We’ll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points.  Bring lunch, water & snacks, and dress for cold and rainy weather.  Scopes & 2-way radios a plus.  Over by late afternoon.  Carpool cost $22.50 per car, shared equally by riders.


Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Limit 10
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park - Shoreline
Leaders: Joe Sweeney and Tom Leschine
9:00 AM, parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms

Expect to walk 2-3 leisurely paced miles, including some hills and steps.   We will first walk the main paths and steps in this very scenic park.   Then, we’ll return to our cars and walk the short distance to the beach for some sea bird watching overlooking the Puget Sound.  The weather is usually cooler on the beach, so wear layers and rain gear, if necessary.  Bring binoculars, of course.   A scope will also be helpful, if you have one.  Over by 11:30 a.m.


Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Limit 14 in 4 or fewer cars
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM sharp, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

 
Join us for a morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons.  This exploration may turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes.  Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available as well as rain gear; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible.  Due to the difficulty of car caravans in city traffic, we ask that you not add an extra vehicle so you can leave early.  Over promptly at 12:30 p.m.


Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Urban Gardens for Birds Tour, Seattle
Leaders:  Penny Bolton and Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser
8:00 AM (prompt), Departs from (and returns to) Seattle Audubon Nature Shop

Want to increase bird habitat and food sources in your yard and garden?  This urban field trip will tour 4 gardens located throughout Seattle, looking at ways to support birds through the winter and plan for the Spring.  November is a great time for putting in new perennials, so you may end up going straight to the plant nursery afterwards!  This trip is also great for people wanting to learn more about their backyard birds.  We’ll meet at the Nature Shop then condense into 3 cars for the trip.  Over around 1:00 p.m.  There will be a bathroom break but not a lunch break, so you may want to bring snacks or a portable lunch.  Carpool cost is $8.50, shared equally by riders.
 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - Limit 12
Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah
Leaders: Patty North and Sharon Cormier-Aagaard
Meet*: 7:15 AM at Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R Lot OR 8:00 AM at Lake Sammamish State Park
* Indicate your meeting place when you register

Lake Sammamish State Park’s varied ecosystems provide habitat for a diverse collection of species in one of the Eastside’s ‘birdiest’ parks. Dress in layers and bring a snack.  Level walk of about 3 miles.  Some trails can be muddy after recent rain.  Drivers need a Discover Pass.  Over by about 12:00.  Carpool cost is $10 shared equally by riders.

From Seattle:  Take I-90 Eastbound to Exit 15.  From the exit ramp, go left over the freeway.  Turn left onto NW Sammamish Rd at the second light.  In about 0.4 mile, the main park entrance is on the right.  After passing the toll hut (usually closed), take the first left into a large parking lot.  Meet in the NE corner of the lot.


Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Limit 6
Whidbey Island Traverse
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Andy Jacobson
Meet: 6:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R

Whidbey Island offers a variety of intriguing habitats to birds and birders, from open salt water to quiet bays, small lakes and marshes, to dense northwest forest and shrubby meadows. A traverse of the island (we will go north to south) should provide opportunities for many winter species of both water and land birds. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids for a long, intense day of birding. Dress for cool and wet NW weather (layers!), including footwear suited for walking on hillsides, wet grass and beaches. Scopes will be useful if you have one. We’ll be on the lookout for loons, grebes, scoters and Long-tailed Duck on the open water, raptors and other waterfowl inland. Return via Clinton ferry in late afternoon/evening – please be flexible, as we cannot guarantee we will make a specific ferry. Discover Pass needed by drivers. $40.00 per car shared equally by riders, plus cost of ferry shared by driver and riders.


Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Limit 10 in 3 cars
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Winter
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Sarah Safranek
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We will visit several likely winter spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start at the Nature Conservancy’s newly constructed tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta, go on to Thomle Road (if current reports there are promising), and Eide Road to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on reported sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Dry Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, and the West 90 viewing area on the Samish Flats, finishing up in the Bow-Edison area. We plan to do some short walking for better viewing at some areas, but this is not mandatory.  Hunting season will be in progress and this could limit waterfowl viewing. Bring: rain gear and warm clothes, rubber boots, lunch and drinks!  Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds. Carpool costs: Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to Ravenna around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is awful).


Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Limit 10
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Joe Sweeney
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park

Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers. We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers, rain gear and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over by 11:00 a.m.

Directions: Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Limit 12
Green Lake
Leaders: Louis Kreemer and Martin Muller
8:00 AM, Bathhouse Theater, West Beach (between water and bathhouse)

Green Lake is an excellent place to observe birds up close.  This time of year most winter ducks are around as well as resident Pied-billed Grebes.  The local eagles should be here.  We should encounter some goldfinches and kinglets as well as Bushtits, nuthatches, and chickadees.  And who knows what else?  Besides bird identification and bird behavior, Green Lake history and ecology are also on the menu. Dress for standing still.  Layers are advised.  ’Tis better to shed than to shiver!  Bring snacks and water.  If you have a scope please bring it.  Over by noon or whenever we’ve worn out the hardiest of you!


Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Limit 10
Samish Flats and Fir Island
Leaders: Penny Bolton and Sarah Peden
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

The Samish Flats and Fir Island offer some of the best winter raptor and waterfowl viewing in the state. Join Penny and Sarah for some great birding fun. All skill levels welcome. Expect to see Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Bald Eagles. With luck we’ll find a Peregrine Falcon and perhaps American Kestrel, Merlin and Short-eared Owls. On Padilla Bay we will see the various loons, scoters, mergansers, grebes and ducks aplenty. Bring a scope if you have one. You can borrow binoculars from the Audubon office if you need them. Dress for cold, wet and windy conditions. Bring lunch, snacks, liquids, and a Discover Pass if you have one (drivers will need a Discover Pass). Return to town at 6 p.m. at the latest. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Limit 10
West Seattle Waterfront
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Webster
8:00 AM, Jack Block Park, 2130 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle

Explore the West Seattle waterfront and neighboring greenbelts in search of wintering and resident species. We'll carpool to several spots and walk up to two miles on relatively easy terrain. There is a strong possibility of a bakery stop.  Dress to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Over around noon. Carpool cost: $3 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 - Limit 7
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Blaine
Leader: Scott Ramos
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

January is a good time to look for loons, grebes, diving ducks, alcids, and possible wintering owls. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo and Drayton Harbor, as well as the Blaine Marina. Time permitting, we will drive through the Lummi area, then end at the West 90 to look for Rough-legged Hawks and Short-eared Owls. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Dress for cold and wet weather; bring lunch, snacks and fluids; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by early evening. Carpool costs: $45 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, January 21, 2018 – Limit 11 in three cars
Fort Flagler Intensive
Leader: Jean Olson and Tony Catanzaro
6:15 AM Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R to form a carpool in 2 cars to take the 7:10 AM Edmonds Ferry

This trip will focus on Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island. We will be spending lots of time looking at shorebirds, alcids, waterfowl and gulls. Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We will also hike around the park searching for wintering passerines. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch, travel mug and money for the ferry, gas, and coffee. The Nordland store has coffee. Dress for inclement weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by riders and approximately $55 for ferry shared by driver and riders. Discover Pass needed by drivers.
 

Friday, February 2, 2018 – Limit 12
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Braggnch parking lot E-1.  At the end of drive, on your right, after entering Magnuson Park from NE 65th St entrance).  Bus #75 or #62.

This is a great time to look at sparrows and migratory waterfowl which spend the winter in Seattle, as well as to listen to bird sounds.  Expect Greater and Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneyes, Bufflehead and at least 3 species of gull.  We will be climbing uphill and down at Promontory Point, then walking through the wetlands, and ending along the lake shoreline. Be prepared to walk over uneven, wet, muddy ground. This is open to all levels of birders, especially those who want to listen to bird calls and songs. Blossoming birders accompanied by adult welcome. Over by early afternoon.


Sunday, February 4, 2018 – Limit 14 (4 cars)
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
8:00 AM sharp, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)

 
Join us for a morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Limit of 14, carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or fewer). Due to the difficulty of car caravans in city traffic, we ask that you not add an extra vehicle so you can leave early. Over promptly at 12:30 p.m.  Carpool cost $9 shared equally by riders.


Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Limit 10
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park - Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
9:00 AM, parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms

Expect to walk 2-3 leisurely paced miles, including some hills and steps. We will first walk the main paths and steps in this very scenic park. Then, we’ll return to our cars, grab our spotting scopes, and walk the short distance to the beach for some seabird watching overlooking the Puget Sound. The weather is usually cooler on the beach, so wear layers and rain gear, if necessary. Bring binoculars, of course, and a scope, if you have one. (We will share spotting scopes, so it’s not a problem if you don’t have one). Over by 11:30 a.m.


Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Limit 12
West Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
9:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 9:30 AM at Don Armeni Boat Ramp south of Duwamish Head (state at time of sign-up where you will meet the group)

We’ll be looking for Surfbirds and Black Turnstones on the rocks at Duwamish Head, as well as grebes, ducks and cormorants out on the water.  Then we’ll drive over to the south side of Alki Point to look for Harlequin Ducks, Brant and other water birds.  We may check out Me-Kwa-Mooks and/or Jack Block Park as time and interest allow.  We will be walking on pavement or lawn.  Children accompanied by adults welcome.  Scopes or person willing to carry scope also welcome.  Dress warmly!  Over by mid-afternoon, depending on the birds, the weather and traffic. Carpool cost from Ravenna P&R $7 per car shared equally by riders.


Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Limit 9
Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge/Delta B.C.
Leaders: Jen Kunitsugu, Jack Stephens and Jane Lester
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

We’ll walk the trails at Reifel, looking for resident and wintering passerines, along with raptors, owls, and waterfowl. We’ll also stop at Boundary Bay and Point Roberts. Scopes helpful. Bring passport, food, plenty of fluids, and money for admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors), and dress warmly. Walking will be mostly level on gravel trails. Carpool cost: $75 per car shared equally by riders. Return late afternoon to early evening. NOTE: As this is an international trip, you MUST possess an unexpired passport in order to attend.


Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Limit 6
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Late Winter
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Sarah Peden
7:15 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (NE 5th and 146th NE)

This trip will visit several winter hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds and seabirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start by birding Norman Rd. through Silvana, to the Nature Conservancy’s tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta. We’ll then go on to Thomle Road and Eide Road (if reports there are positive) to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we’ll visit Wiley Slough and Hayton WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, the West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up with a good dose of marine birds from the County Park on Samish Island. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery!  Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds and marine birds. Carpool costs:  Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to Park and Ride around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!).


Sunday, February 18, 2018 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Spencer Island and Surrounding Area
Leader: Jean Olson
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R

Spencer Island along the Snohomish River has a nice diversity of habitat including mixed forest, mudflats and open water. We should see a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Scopes are great if you have them. We will be walking 2 to 3 miles with many stops to view birds. Dress in layers for the weather and boots are recommended because some trails are muddy. Return in early afternoon. Carpool cost is $15.00 per car shared equally by riders.


Friday, February 23, 2018 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judith Roan
9:00 AM, North Parking Lot of the park

February is a good time to see wintering ducks and grebes. Luther Burbank Park has an impressive shoreline from which to watch ducks, grebes, cormorants, gulls and Belted Kingfisher. Fox Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Pacific Wren, Towhees, Anna's Hummingbirds, Kinglets, and a resident pair of Bald Eagle are likely to be seen. Meet in the North parking lot at 9 a.m. The loop trip may be rainy and muddy so dress accordingly.  Over by noon.


Sunday, February 25, 2018 -- Limit 12
Billy Frank Nisqually Jr. National Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Penny Bolton and Mary Russell
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 9:00 AM, Nisqually Refuge Visitor’s Center

Come explore the beautiful Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with us! All levels of birders are welcome for this 4 mi level walk. There should be something for everyone on this trip including a variety of waterfowl in breeding plumage, Bald Eagles and other raptors, herons, passerines and perhaps even shorebirds. We will explore the tidal estuary on the boardwalk along with forested trails and marshes. Scopes helpful. Dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes and warm socks and bring rain gear along with a lunch and fluids. Depending upon the weather, we should finish our walk between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Carpool cost from Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R: $27.50 per car, shared equally by riders. Daily fee for entering the refuge is $3.00 per 4 adults, unless you have an Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp or Annual Refuge Pass.


Sunday, March 4, 2018
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal
Meeting Point: 
8:00 AM sharp, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)
Limit: 14 - carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less)

Join us for a morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Limit of 14, carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less). Due to the difficulty of car caravans in city traffic, we ask that you not add an extra vehicle so you can leave early. Over promptly at 12:30 p.m. Carpool cost $9 shared equally by riders.

 
Wednesday March 14, 2018
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Leader: Lee Barnes
Meeting Point:
6:30, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R - leave promptly to catch the 7:10 ferry
Limit: 11 in 3 cars

Take a ride on the West Side! Explore the Northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Visit birding hot spots like Salsbury Point County Park, Oak Bay, Mystery Bay, and Ft Flagler State Park. See historic Nordland and Pt Wilson. Expect a diversity of bird families, raptors, shorebirds, alcids, water fowl, and passerines. We'll catch the 7:10 a.m. Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, bird the day away, and return in the late afternoon. Dress for inclement weather, hope for sun, expect a good time. Bring a lunch, binoculars, scopes, money for the ferry and carpool costs, and a spirit of adventure. Drivers need a current Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders plus cost of ferry shared by driver and riders.

 
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina, Birch Bay
Leader: Neil Zimmerman
Meeting Point:
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park Park & Ride
Limit: 11 in 3 cars

Winter is a good time to look for loons, diving ducks and alcids. Loons sometimes number in the hundreds. Long-tailed Ducks are also normally seen. We’ll start at Semiahmoo and make our way to Drayton Harbor, the Blaine Marina and Birch Bay. Weather and time permitting, we will stop at Lake Terrell on our way home. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Dress for cold/wet weather, bring fluids, lunch, treats for the leader and snacks. Scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Costs: $60 shared equally by riders.

 
Friday, March 23, 2018
Kittitas County Sage Birds
Leader: Brian H. Bell
Meeting Point:
6:30 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars

March is a good time for sage birds in Kittitas County. We will meet at the Tibbetts P&R (I-90 exit 15, turn south to 3rd stop signal, turn left a block and then right into the P&R). We will work our way east from Ellensburg down to Vantage looking for Sage Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s Sparrow, and whatever else we can find. Bring lunch, scopes, and dress warmly. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $65 per car shared by riders.

 
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Leader: George Gerdts
Meeting Point:
9:45 AM, Winslow City Dock. Boat leaves at 10:00 AM. See below for sign up and travel directions

Aboard the 80-foot “Admiral Pete” with George Gerdts, long-time SAS Member, as leader/naturalist. Expect great looks at three species of cormorants; sea ducks; rocky-shore sandpipers; a Bald Eagle or two; great scenery; and a unique, close-up view of the Bainbridge Island shoreline. The trip leaves the Winslow City Dock at 10:00 a.m. and will return by 2:00 p.m. If coming from Seattle, plan to take the 8:55 ferry to Bainbridge Island as a walk-on. George will meet the group at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal at 9:30 for the short walk to the "Admiral Pete". If you plan to drive on, limited parking is available near the City Dock.

To reserve a space on the trip, call the Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation Department and ask about Class # 131850-01. Credit card payment is accepted. Leave your e-mail address when signing up, and directions and a map of Bainbridge Island, including where to park if driving, will be sent to you via e-mail. Price is $85, but for SAS members $15 of the cost of the trip will be donated to SAS. Be sure to tell the BI Parks, when you sign up, that you are a member of SAS, so that the donation can be made. If a participant does not live on Bainbridge Island, a $5.00 "off-Island" fee is added to the cost of the trip.

 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Lower Duwamish - Jack Block Park to Hamm Creek
Leader: Denis DeSilvis
Meeting Point:
7:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

Discover a string of parks and restored habitats along the Duwamish River in Seattle. We’ll visit parks at the mouth of the Duwamish River (Jack Block Park), several south of the West Seattle Bridge (Terminal 105 and 107 Parks, Herrings House) and bird up to the farthest navigable point near Hamm Creek. Expect to see a variety of birds, from sea ducks to passerines. Join master birder Denis DeSilvis in exploring these often-overlooked, in-city parks. Carpool cost $6 per car to be shared equally by riders. End about 1 p.m.

 
Saturday, April, 14, 2018
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and the Dungeness Recreation Area
Leader: Jean Olson
Meeting Point:
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11

 
Come and explore the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and the adjacent Recreation Area. With a fantastic variety of habitats from saltwater beaches and lagoons to upland freshwater wetlands, grasslands and forest, the two parks can produce a lot of species. We will begin by walking the trails of the recreation area and refuge for morning singers and early migrating warblers and then explore the habitat along the water for lingering ducks and other seabirds. Scopes are helpful. Dress in layers and bring rain gear and sturdy shoes along with a lunch and water. Carpool cost: $36 shared equally among riders, plus the cost of the ferry shared by riders and driver. Entry fee is $3 per car unless someone has an Interagency Park Pass or Duck Stamp.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Dave Galvin and Louis Kreemer
Meeting Point:
7:00 AM, South Parking Lot
Limit: 12

 
Mid April is a good time for migration as well as the tail end of winter species. We can expect lingering "winter" birds that are about to depart north, up mountain or inland for their summer breeding areas, and others that have recently arrived from the south on their way to breeding zones here or farther north. From the South Parking Lot, we’ll work our way to the South Meadow, where various sparrows are often abundant. Rare species are always a possibility within this diverse park. From the meadow we’ll go north to Bird Alley and Utah Wetlands, and walk through a large forested stretch on our way to the water. We hope to observe early warbler species as well as other migrants. West Point is a great place to view migrating seabirds, and we can expect various duck, loon, grebe and gull species. There may also be shorebirds on the beach or flying by. Afterwards we’ll make our way back up the bluff and to the parking lot. Expect to end by noon at the earliest. There will be a good elevation change, and be prepared for up to 4 miles of walking: we will go slow, but this is a significant walk especially on the return from West Point uphill. Dress for the weather, and bring liquids, snacks and binoculars; a spotting scope would be helpful on West Point. Leaders will have scopes.
 

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Kittitas, Grant and Adams County
Leaders: Jordan Gunn and Jen Kunitsugu
Meeting Point:
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 10

 
You should expect a quick paced trip covering a number of habitats. In Cle Elum we will hope to find Cassin's Finch, Evening Grosbeak, Pygmy Nuthatch, and migrants. As we move to Ellensburg and east through shrub-steppe and open habitats we will look for raptors and sagebrush specialties such as Sage Sparrow, Sage Thrasher and Brewer's Sparrow. We'll cross the Columbia River and explore as far as Othello as time allows, with stops at County Line Ponds, Para/McCain Ponds and perhaps Lower Crab Creek Road. We hope to see a nice variety of species - Golden Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Tricolored Blackbird, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Chukar and Burrowing Owl are possibilities. Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, plenty of food and fluids, and dress in layers. Carpool cost: $100 per car shared equally by riders. Drivers will need a current Discover Pass. Plan to be back in evening (7-ish).
 

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Leader: Jean Trent and Deb Heiden
Meeting Point:
8:00 AM, 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, Juanita Bay Park parking lot
Limit: 10

 
Explore a good mix of habitats, finding waterfowl, raptors, woodpeckers, swallows and perhaps a shorebird. The early migrants will be arriving, some of the wintering passerines will still be around, the resident birds will be singing and establishing territories, and there’s always the possibility of a surprise. Scopes helpful. Dress for the weather. Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Friday, April 27, 2018
Grays Harbor County
Leader: Brian H. Bell
Meeting Point:
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars

 
Late April is the prime time for northbound shorebirds, most in breeding plumage. We will work the best spots in the county (might include Bottle Beach, Westport, Ocean Shores) depending on reports on where the birds are. Scopes essential – bring lunch, fluids, waterproof footwear, drivers should have a Discover Pass. We will carpool to 3 cars. Carpool cost $80 per car, shared equally by riders.
 
 
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Snoqualmie Wildlife Area – Stillwater Unit, Carnation
Leaders: Anne Jacobs, Dick Lazeres, Patty North
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point:
6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 7:30 AM at the South parking lot of The Stillwater Unit (Directions below)
Indicate your meeting place when you register
Limit: 12
 
The Stillwater Unit offers a fine diversity of habitat from open fields and riparian zones to marshy wetlands.  We’ll bird along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and head out across the fields to the Snoqualmie River for Swallows and Spotted Sandpipers. Lots of nesting activity and good chances for Bittern and Rail.  May is a fabulous month for birding!  Knee-high grass can be wet.  Level walking about 3 miles total.  Field trip over by about noon.  Drivers need to have a Discover Pass.  Carpool cost from Ravenna is $12 shared by riders. 

The Stillwater Unit is located on Highway 203 between Carnation and Duvall, on the west side of the Carnation-Duvall highway.  The south parking lot is 300 yards north of the Stillwater gas station on Highway 203.  47°40'59.0"N 121°55'26.1"W
 

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park — Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point:
8:00 AM, Parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms
Limit: 10
 
Expect to walk 2–3 leisurely paced miles, including some hills and steps. We will first walk the main paths and steps in this very scenic park. Then, we’ll return to our cars, grab our spotting scopes, and walk the short distance to the beach for some seabird watching overlooking the Puget Sound. The weather is usually cooler on the beach, so wear layers and rain gear, if necessary. Bring binoculars, of course, and a scope, if you have one. (We will share spotting scopes, so it’s not a problem if you don’t have one). Over by 10:30 a.m. 
 

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Urban Gardens for Birds Tour, Seattle
Leaders:  Penny Bolton and Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point:
8:00 AM, Departs promptly from (and returns to) Seattle Audubon Nature Shop
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

 
Want to increase bird habitat and food sources in your yard and garden?  This urban field trip will tour 4 gardens located throughout Seattle, looking at ways to support birds in the Spring and Summer.  This trip is also great for people wanting to learn more about their backyard birds. May is a wonderful time for seeing both our feathered migrants and enjoying yards in full bloom. Over around 1:00 p.m.  There will be a bathroom break but not a lunch break, so you may want to bring snacks or a portable lunch.  Carpool cost $8.50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Bike and Bird - Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Duvall towards Carnation
Leader: Jean Olson
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point:
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:30 AM at Duvall Park & Ride
Limit: 10
 
Bike and Bird the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a Rails to Trails that follows the Snoqualmie River from Duvall towards North Bend. It is flat and composed of gravel and rock, so a cross or mountain bike is recommended. Habitats include lowland deciduous forest, riparian shrubs and small ponds. Possibilities include migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, raptors and songbirds. We will ride between 10 and 15 miles total, frequently stopping along the way. Biking is a great way to practice your birding by ear.
Bring binoculars, your bike helmet, snacks, water and clothing layers for changes in weather.  For logistics reasons, we do not recommend bringing scopes.  You should be comfortable on a bike and children are welcome with parents. We will meet at the Ravenna P&R to carpool to the trail. Drivers need a Discover Pass.  If you need bike transport, we may be able to accommodate you with prior arrangement otherwise you can transport your own bike.  The ride will be over by early to mid-afternoon, depending on the birds. Carpool cost from Green Lake P&R $12 shared equally by riders.
 

Friday, May 11, 2018
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point:
9:00 AM, North parking lot near tennis courts
Limit: 10
 
Nesting season has begun and birds will be courting and singing on territories. Red-winged Blackbirds, Bald Eagles, grebes, woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds, sparrows--we will just have to see what we find. Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot-gear is needed. Back by noon.
 

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Carlson Canyon and Teanaway Basin Hotspots
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Jeanelle Richardson
Birdathon Donation: $25
Meeting Point:
5:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 6 in 2 cars
 
We will explore the Teanaway River valley, including the Teanaway Campground, Carlson Canyon and several points in between and around. Targets will be the variety of warblers, vireos and flycatchers which breed in the area, as well as woodpeckers, raptors and grouse. We will walk on flat trails at some spots but other stops will require some elevation gain on more difficult terrain. The Carlson Canyon hike is about 4.5 miles. Bring, snacks, lunch, plenty of fluids, sturdy footwear and lots of enthusiasm. Back late afternoon to early evening. Drivers need to have a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $50 shared among passengers.  
 
 
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Cle Elum to Ellensburg Hotspots
Leader: Lee Barnes
Birdathon Donation: $25
Meeting Point:
5:30 AM, Uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across street from 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
 
Bullfrog Pond, Cle Elum hummingbird feeders, Railroad Ponds, Taneum Creek, Robinson Canyon, Manastash Canyon, Riverside Park, Umtanum Ridge; Old Vantage Highway, Swauk Prairie or Yakima Canyon for the finale.  Depending on time, maybe a stop at the Pioneer Café for ice cream (time permitting).  About 65 species seen or heard on this trip last year. Back 5-7 p.m.  Bring lunch and dress for weather (cool morning with warm afternoon).  Scopes helpful, cameras OK.  $50 carpool cost shared by riders.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass. 
 

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Jan Bragg
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point:
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion, Magnuson Park (west side of boat launch parking lot E-1.  At the end of drive, on your right, after entering Magnuson Park from NE 65th St entrance).  Bus #75 or #62.
Limit: 12
 
Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake shoreline. This outing is suitable for beginner or intermediate bird-watchers, including children accompanied by an adult. We will walk uphill and down, searching for birds and bird nests along the way.  Songbirds will be singing for those wanting to practice birding-by-ear skills.  Migrants may be about.  And we’ll be celebrating mothers:  Ducklings should be present, so we will study mothering skills when we find them.  If we are lucky enough to find an active bird nest, we will try to observe mothering there as well.   Over around noon.  For those collecting pledges for Birdathon, and trying for 50 species, we may need to go to alternate sites (e.g. Montlake Fill, Matthews Beach?) afterwards.
 

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Umtanum Creek Recreational Area
Leader:  Vicki King
Birdathon Donation: $25
Meeting Point: 
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 10
 
Join Vicki for a roughly 4-mile hike in the beautiful Yakima River Canyon, south of Ellensburg.  It should be a productive day as we search for such migrants as Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Cliff Swallows, Lewis Woodpecker and others. A variety of raptors are also likely. The trail is relatively level but there are a couple of shallow stream crossings. Wear waterproof hiking shoes/boots and lightweight clothing that will protect your arms and legs when the trail goes through brushy areas.  Bring binoculars, lunch, beverages, snacks, and a scope if you have one. Back around 6 p.m.  BLM manages the parking lot and charges $5/per car for the day.  Carpool cost $66 per car, shared equally by riders. Back around 6 p.m.
 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Umtanum Creek Recreational Area
Leaders: Tiffany and Tor Linbo
Birdathon Donation: $25
Meeting Point:
6:00 AM, Uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across the street from the 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center
Limit: 6 in 2 cars
 
Prepare to hike 6 miles through sage-steppe, riparian, Ponderosa pine, and open meadows up Umtanum Creek. Elevation gain is gradual, but there are a couple of shallow stream crossings. Birds we hope to see include Yellow-breasted Chat, Prairie Falcon, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, and Lewis’s Woodpecker. Wear hiking footwear and lightweight clothing that covers legs and ankles. Bring lunch, water and snacks; back late afternoon. Parking fee payable at the parking lot or National Parks Pass required for each car. Carpool cost: $60 shared equally by riders.
 

Saturday, May 19, 201
East of the Cascades: Snoqualmie Pass to Liberty, Colockum
Leader: Dave Swayne and Sam Woods
Birdathon Donation: $25
Meeting Point:
6:00 AM, Uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across the street from the 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center
Limit: 10
 
The east side of the Cascades offers a variety of birds we rarely see in the Puget Trough, and by late May most migrants should be back on their breeding grounds. We'll drive over Snoqualmie Pass and bird the east side foothills, exploring river valleys and open hillsides, trying to make it all the way across the Kittitas valley and into the sage.  We may do a little walking, but we'll likely stay close to the cars so we can cover more ground.  Bring lunch and drinks, and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Back late afternoon with option for some to stay longer. Carpool cost $60, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Umptanum Road to Wenas
Leaders: Jen Kunitsugu, Jack Stephens and Jane Lester
Birdathon Donation: $25
Meeting point:
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 9 in 3 cars

 
We’ll begin our day at Railroad Ponds in Cle Elum, usually reliable at this time of year for Pygmy Nuthatch, House Wren, Veery, Gray Catbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warbler, McGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Western Tanager, and a multitude of other species to delight our eyes and ears! After checking the fields around Ellensburg for Long-billed Curlew, we’ll explore Umptanum Road all the way to Wenas Campground, browsing the rich, varied habitat, including basalt flats, shrub-steppe sagebrush, riparian and forested areas. We hope to encounter a variety of species, including Yellow-breasted Chat, Lazuli Bunting, Calliope and Black-chinned Hummingbird, Western and Mountain Bluebird, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Vesper Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, and many more. Flycatchers, warblers and vireos should be well-represented, and figure on spotting some fun raptors too. We may get lucky and see a White-headed Woodpecker. Bring plenty of food and fluids, and dress in layers. Carpool cost: $60 per car shared equally by riders. Plan to be back in the late afternoon to early evening.
 

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Birding by Ear for Beginners
Leader:  Rachel Lawson
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point: 
6:30 AM, South Parking Lot, Discovery Park
Limit: 8
 
Birding by ear is a very useful skill that will increase your enjoyment and appreciation of birds.  On a relaxed two or three hour stroll in Discovery Park, we will listen to some of Seattle’s common birds, and work on techniques that will help beginners to identify them by their songs and calls. The South Parking Lot is reached via a short access road from W Emerson Street near 43rd Ave W. From Government Way, turn left on 36th Ave. W. which borders the park and then turn right on W. Emerson St.  Metro bus Route 24 has a stop along W Emerson Street a block to the east of the access road.
 

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Nearly Local Birding “North of the Border” - half day to Edmonds Area Hotspots
Leader: Jon Houghton
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point: 
6:30 AM, Willow Creek Hatchery, 95 Pine Street, Edmonds (just west off of Edmonds Way at the bottom of the hill as you approach the ferry line)
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

 
This will be a great trip for north-end beginning and intermediate birders.  Learn some cool birding areas you can access for a few minutes, or a few hours, any day of the year!  We’ll visit some easily accessible areas within minutes of Northgate (OK, they’re in south Snohomish Co.).  Diverse habitats of mature second growth forest, freshwater marsh and riparian scrub, saltmarsh, and marine shorelines will be included.  We should see a diverse mixture of resident and migrant, upland and marine birds including warblers, vireos, sparrows, wrens, herons, scoters, alcids, and maybe an urban owl! Carpool cost $2 shared equally by riders. Over about 1 p.m.
 

Monday, May 28, 2018
Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes
Leader: Andy McCormick
Birdathon Donation: $25
Meeting Point: 6:45 AM at Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 7:15 AM at uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW)
Limit: 11
 
Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes offer a variety of habitats for spring birding in the Cascade foothills near North Bend. We will walk along the shore of Rattlesnake Lake looking for MacGillivray’s Warbler, Rufous Hummingbird, Warbling Vireo, and Osprey. Then we’ll follow the wooded trail to Christmas Lake where we will have opportunities to see Olive-sided and Pacific-slope flycatchers, Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, various swallows, Yellow and Black-throated Gray Warblers, and Common Yellowthroat. The old red alders, second-growth conifers, black cottonwoods, wetlands and lake provide a variety of habitats and possibly some unexpected species. Bring lunch, water, and a snack. Return by early-afternoon. Carpool cost $40 shared equally by riders.
 
 
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Birding by Ear at Evans Creek Preserve
Leader: Jean Olson
Meeting Point: 6:30 AM at Green Lake (Ravenna) Park & Ride, or 7:30 AM at Evans Creek Preserver in Redmond
Limit: 7

Evans Creek Preserve has a diversity of habitat types, including wetland, meadows and forest. We will be walking and sitting listening to birds. We will be focusing on getting to know the songs of local birds, so much of the time will be spent quietly listening or talking about songs. Bring a camp chair or stool, there are benches in some locations, water, binoculars and snacks. We will return by early afternoon. Cost is $13 shared by riders.
 
 
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Camano Island
Leaders: Jean Trent and Deb Heiden
Meeting Point: 6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 10
 
We will spend the day exploring Camano Island’s shoreline and saltwater marshes for seabirds, Purple Martins, shorebirds, and the riparian and wooded areas for passerines and raptors. Specific areas include English Boom, Livingston Bay and Iverson Spit. Short distances walking. Bring comfortable shoes, lunch and liquids. We will aim to head back to Seattle by 3:00 p.m. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $38 shared by riders.
 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leaders: Joe Sweeney and Karen Wosilait
Meeting Point: 8:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park
Limit: 12
 
Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers, including children under 18 (with an adult). We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over about 10:30 a.m.
 

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Mowich Lake to Spray Park, Mt. Rainier NP
Leaders: Lee Barnes and Andy Jacobson
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 10
 
A moderately strenuous hike of 7 miles and an elevation gain of 800 feet passes through the old growth forest to the subalpine zone. Our focus is flowers, which are blooming from the forest to the meadows. Expect a wide variety of flowers in the various micro and macro habitats along the trail. Expect to see between 30-50 flowering plants. Look at the birds as a bonus because they are in a post-breeding dispersal and pre-migration so are very quiet. On sunny days the views of Mt Rainier are spectacular and the side trip to Spray Falls is beautiful. Return late afternoon or early evening. Lunch on the trail and prepare for mountain weather (hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc.). If you have a valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass, please bring it. Carpool cost: $40 shared equally by riders + $25 per car for park entrance fee.
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Mt. Rainier, Sunrise and Mount Fremont Lookout
Leader: Gary Kelsberg
Meeting Point: 8:00 AM, Ravenna Park and Ride
Limit: 12
 
During summer the snow melts on the trails from Sunrise, Mt. Rainier, allowing us to hike in the high alpine zone. We will hope for birds such as American Pipit, Prairie Falcon, Western Bluebird, Pine Grosbeak, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and perhaps White-tailed Ptarmigan. We may also see mammals such as marmot, pika, and possibly goats or black bears. We will hike about 6 miles from the Sunrise parking lot (elevation 6400 ft) along gravel and rocky trails to the Mt. Fremont Lookout (elevation 7300 ft), where we will have lunch. Participants must be in good enough physical condition for this moderately strenuous hike, and wear appropriate footwear and clothing, along with a daypack including sufficient extra clothing, food, water in case of a change in the weather). Bring your National Park Pass if you have one. Leader with carry a spotting scope. Others are welcome to carry them if they can manage. If the group is fit and the weather and time allows we may try to climb up Burroughs Mtn., which may give more opportunities for other birds. Car pool cost $40 per car, divided amongst passengers. Plus entry fee into Mt. Rainier National Park if you do not have a pass.
 
 
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Birding the High Country!  Fremont Lookout and the Burroughs
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Jen Kunitsugu
Meeting Point: 6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 6 in 2 cars

This will be a rigorous hike through some of the most accessible and scenic highlands in the US!!  We’ll start at 6,400 feet at Sunrise and head for Mt. Fremont. It’s a 5.6-mile round trip with 800 ft elevation gain and we’ll hope to add a couple of more miles, returning via First or Second Burroughs. Expect fabulous views and summer flowers!  Probably not a lot of birds, but they’ll be high altitude specialists with some pretty hard to find possibilities.  We’ll be birding subalpine parkland and alpine tundra for things like American Pipit, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Clark’s Nutcracker, White-tailed Ptarmigan, and Pine Grosbeak. Several other more exotic possibilities. This will be an all day trip. Bring your valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass if you have one. Carpool cost: $55 shared equally by riders + $30 per car for park entrance fee.
 
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Grays Harbor area
Leaders: Brian H. Bell and Peter Gurney
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

Shorebirds start moving south in early summer, and by August should be present in good numbers. We’ll explore the most likely locations searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.
 
 
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center Parking Lot
Limit: 8

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 - mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11:00 a.m.
 

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Spencer Island, Everett
Leaders:  Jan Bragg and Travis Keay
Meeting Point: 8:30 AM,  Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 8:45 AM at SE corner of Ash Way P&R in Lynnwood (exit #183 off I-5)  (Indicate at time of sign-up where you will meet leaders)
Limit: 10

We’ll start out at Langus Riverfront Park, then Everett Sewage Ponds to see what ducks are back.  Then we will be walking around the southern half of Spencer Island in the Snohomish River Estuary, hoping for a sandpiper or any other shorebird migrating south.  There is always a chance for a raptor.  Expect ~3 miles of walking on uneven, level ground.  Be prepared to be out in the open, without shade.  Return mid-afternoon, time depending on whether we swing by the Everett waterfront for an optional excursion.  Carpool cost:  $15 per car, to be shared equally by passengers in each car.
 
 
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Grays Harbor Area - Fall Migrating Shorebirds
Leader: Tim Boyer
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
 
We’ll concentrate on the shorebirds we find on the northern side of Grays Harbor spending the day at multiple locations in Ocean Shores. This will allow for a more leisurely approach and we’ll spend some extra time at each location.  During low tides in the morning we’ll be on the outer beaches and North Jetty.   During the afternoon at high tide, we’ll go inland to search for roosting shorebirds and hope to find an early fall rarity. Scopes will be helpful. Dress in layers for the weather and bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. We’ll be back around 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost $75.00 per car, shared by riders.
 

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Iron Bear Trail (Kittitas County)
Leaders: Dave Swayne, Sam Woods, and Scott Ramos
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 6:30 AM Preston P&R
Limit: 9 in 3 cars
 
Parking at the end of FS 9714, we'll hike to the top of the Iron Bear trail to a mountaintop viewpoint in the Teanaway/Blewett Pass region.  From there we'll continue east on the County Line trail to where it intersects FR 113, then back down to FR 9714 - a little more than 7 miles round trip, gaining 1900' elevation and topping out at 5500'.  Among remaining lower montane species we may still find Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Lazuli Buntings, and maybe a few migrants.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack, lunch, layers for variable weather, and a minimum of 2 liters of water.  Return late afternoon or early evening.  Drivers need to bring Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, September 2, 2018
Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill)
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
Meeting Point: 7:30 AM, Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture east-side parking lot
Limit: 10
 
The Union Bay Natural Area is distinguished for diverse habitats including grasslands, woods, ponds, marshland, and lake shoreline. It attracts a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground. Bring binoculars.
 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: 8:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park
Limit: 12
 
Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers, including children under 18 (with an adult). We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over about 10:30 a.m.
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Grays Harbor area
Leader: Brian H. Bell
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
 
Shorebirds start moving south in early summer, and by September should be present in good numbers. We’ll explore the most likely locations searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.
 

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Point No Point to Fort Flagler
Leader: Jean Olson
Meeting Point: 6:30 AM Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R to form a carpool in 3 cars to take the 7:10 AM Edmonds Ferry
Limit: 11 in three cars
 
This trip will focus on areas between Point No Point and Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island. We will be looking for migrating shorebirds, early returning waterfowl and whatever else is around. Scopes are a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferry and gas. Dress for inclement weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by riders and approximately $55 for ferry shared by driver and riders. Discover Pass needed by drivers.
 

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Dave Galvin and Louis Kreemer
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, South Parking Lot of park
Limit: 12
 
September is a good time for migration as many species, especially the juveniles, are set to migrate to warmer climes for winter. We can expect lingering "summer" birds that are about to depart south, up mountain or inland species heading back down for winter, and others that have recently arrived from the north on their way to wintering zones here or farther south. From the South Parking Lot, we’ll work our way to the South Meadow, where various sparrows are often abundant. Rare species are always a possibility within this diverse park. From the meadow we’ll go north to Bird Alley and Utah Wetlands, and walk through a large forested stretch on our way to the water. We hope to observe late warbler species as well as other migrants. West Point is a great place to view migrating seabirds, and we can expect various duck, loon, grebe and gull species. There may also be shorebirds on the beach or flying by. Afterwards we’ll make our way back up the bluff and to the parking lot. Expect to end by noon at the earliest. There will be a good elevation change, and be prepared for up to 4 miles of walking: we will go slow, but this is a significant walk especially on the return from West Point uphill. Dress for the weather, and bring liquids, snacks and binoculars; a spotting scope would be helpful on West Point. Leaders will have scopes.
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (NE 145th), prompt so we can catch the ferry
Limit: 11 in 3 cars

Whidbey Island is an excellent birding spot any time of the year. We will work our way up island looking for waterbirds (duck, grebes, loons, alcids), raptors, and passerines. Come prepared for almost any weather, waterproof footwear, a scope will be helpful. Bring lunch and fluids. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $50.00 per car shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders.


Saturday, October 13, 2018
Port Angeles and Sequim
Leaders: Jean Olson Sarah Peden, Karen Wosilait
Meeting Point: 6:15 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 9 in 3 cars

Explore the north side of the Olympic Peninsula.  Stops include Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, Three Crabs and Sequim Bay State Park. Shorebirds and water birds will be the primary targets. Bring warm clothes and rain gear as the area can be blustery.  Lots of coffee stops (bring your mug), bathrooms and a little walking. Scopes are a plus. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Discover Pass needed by drivers. Carpool cost is $50.00 per car shared equally by riders + ferry fee shared by driver and riders.


Sunday, October 14, 2018
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Tony Catanzaro and Mary Russell
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) Park and Ride
Limit: 11 in 3 cars

We will start at the Refuge Visitor Center, and walk 2-4 mostly level miles along the Twin Barns Loop Trail, Nisqually Estuary Trail, and the Estuary Boardwalk Trail. The riparian woodlands are a good spot for many species, including Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Pileated, Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadee. The area around the Visitor Center is worth a check for Wilson’s Snipe, and American Bittern, Western Meadowlark and American Pipit are always a possibility along the estuary trail. We’ll check the freshwater marsh for Cackling and Canada Geese, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and Green-winged Teal.  We’ll scan the estuary mudflats for shorebirds like Greater Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitcher. Around the refuge we hope to encounter various birds of prey such as Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon. Time permitting, we will make a side trip on way back north to Gog-Le-Hi-Te in Fife, which can yield some species we missed at Nisqually. Expect to be back by 4 p.m.

Dress for the weather and bring lunch and plenty of fluids. Scopes welcome. Carpool cost: $27.50 per car, shared equally by riders. Daily fee for entering the refuge is $3.00 per car, unless you have an Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp or Annual Refuge Pass.


Sunday, October 14, 2018
Noble Knob
Leaders: Dave Swayne, Sam Woods, and Scott Ramos
Meeting Point: 6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 7:00 AM at Renton Transit Center (655 S 2nd St) – please specify which location you will meet at when registering
Limit: 9 in 3 cars

We will hike to the old Noble Knob fire lookout, located in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest southeast of Enumclaw. The hike should be rather mild, with a hike distance of 4 miles round-trip and an elevation gain of 1000 feet. We will focus on raptors and other montane migrants – and a Northern Pygmy Owl is always a possibility. Dress in layers for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring a day pack, lunch, and plenty of fluids. Return late afternoon or early evening. Drivers need a NW Forest Pass or a National Parks Pass. Carpool cost is $50.00 per car, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, October 21, 2018
Whidbey Island
Leaders: Tom Leschine and Jean Trent
Meeting Point: 8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) Park and Ride
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

Whidbey Island, with its bays, marshes, grasslands and forests, offers a variety of both migratory and resident birds in the fall. Expect to find shorebirds, waterfowl and land birds as we explore Whidbey’s varied birding locales. We plan to take the ferry in both directions, and aim to hit one or more shorebird locations ahead of a 4 pm high tide.

Wear good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather, and bring lunch and fluids. We may walk 3 miles or so over the course of the day. Scopes will be useful. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $50.00 shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders. We will return by late afternoon or early evening.


Sunday, October 21, 2018
West Seattle
Leader: Penny Rose
Meeting Point: 7:30 AM, Camp Long – 5200 35th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98126
Limit: 15 (carpooling encouraged)

Join us for an exploration of the "wilds" of West Seattle.  We will explore forests, Seattle's only river, saltwater shorelines and Puget Sound.  Expect mixed species flocks, shorebirds such as Surfbirds, raptors, and seabirds such as Scoters and Loons. Bring binoculars and scopes. Carpool cost: $3 per car, shared equally by riders.


Sunday, October 28, 2018
Drawn to Birding in Autumn: A slow-paced, half-day, sketch-crawl
Leaders: Carleen Zimmerman and Cinny Burrell
Meeting Point: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Magnuson Park, Parking Lot #E
Limit: 15

Join Carleen Zimmerman and Cinny Burrell for a unique field trip observing birds during fall migration.  Habitat, species behavior and birding-by-ear will be explored.  This is an opportunity to get outdoors and sketch from nature with others who are interested in birds and bird habitat.  Creating sketch moments to draw observations is not about creating art in the field but more about learning to stop, look and listen.  Instruction will be minimal as this is not a “how to sketch in nature class”, but learning and teaching will be shared as in traditional birding field trips.  Participants should bring very portable sketching supplies and perhaps a stool (this is an accessible field trip).  Binoculars and scopes a plus.  Dress for any weather in the Pacific Northwest.  No prior artistic skill or talent is required! Carleen is a graduate of Master Birder 2015.  Cinny is in the current Master Birder class.  Both are experienced birders, Seattle Audubon volunteers and field sketchers.

This is a half-day trip.  Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Magnuson Park.  Use the south entrance on 65th and Sand Point Way NE.  Meet in parking lot #E.  In case of bad weather, we will meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center which is the red metal-roofed shelter next to the west edge of parking lot #E.
 

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell (day of trip only, 206-619-0379)
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (NE 145th), prompt so we can catch the ferry
Limit: 11 in 3 cars

 
Whidbey Island is an excellent birding spot any time of the year. We will work our way up island looking for waterbirds (duck, grebes, loons, alcids), raptors, and passerines. Come prepared for almost any weather, waterproof footwear, a scope will be helpful. Bring lunch and fluids. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $50.00 per car shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders.


Friday, November 9, 2018
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak (day of trip only 206-407-8555)
8:00 AM, South Parking Lot (turn north onto Carolina and into the parking lot off of W Emerson St)
Limit: 8

 
We will take a leisurely 2-3 mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on and off the loop trail exploring forest, field and wetland habitats.  Over by 11:30 a.m. The meadows and the bluffs can be very windy.  Dress for weather.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks.


Saturday, November 10, 2018
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman (day of trip only 206-200-6700)
6:30 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (NE 145th), prompt so we can catch the ferry
Limit: 11 in 3 cars

 
A perfect trip for coffee drinkers (not required): chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee/hot chocolate stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch, water and money for the ferry and lattes. Dress for blustery weather in layers with rain gear. Bring treats for leader. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders. Discover Pass is needed by drivers.


Sunday, November 11, 2018
Lincoln Park
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
8:30 AM, Lincoln Park South-end Parking Lot, located at Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Cloverdale St
Limit: 8

 
Explore the West Seattle waterfront and woodlands in search of wintering and resident species.  Expect to see ducks, loons, grebes and alcids on the water.  Woodland bird sightings include wrens, sparrows, chickadees, kinglets and raptors. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles with some hills.  Bring binoculars and a scope if you own one.  Dress to stay warm and dry.  Restrooms will be available.  Bring water and snacks.  Over around 11am.


Friday, November 16, 2018
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan (day of trip only 206-265-2661)
9:30 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park
Limit: 12

 
We will check out feeding activity at the park’s pea patch. Birds are attracted to the sunflower heads and blackberries. Flocks of wintering Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, and Anna’s Hummingbirds may be found in the park. On the lake, wintering ducks and grebes should be arriving. This is an easy walk through the park. Be mindful that the weather may be wet, cold, and the trails muddy.


Saturday, November 17, 2018
South King County and Puget Sound
Leaders: Matt Bartels and Dasha Gudalewicz (day of trip only 206-595-7027)
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 10

 
We’ll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet.  We’ll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points.  Bring lunch, water & snacks, and dress for cold and rainy weather.  Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $22.50 per car, shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller (day of trip only 206-525-5575) and Ed Deal (day of trip only 206-713-1546)
8:00 AM SHARP, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)
Limit: 14 in 4 or fewer cars

 
Join us for a morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Due to the difficulty of car caravans in city traffic, we ask that you not add an extra vehicle so you can leave early. Over promptly at 12:30 PM.
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