Saturday, May 26, 2018, 6:30 AM
Birding by Ear for Beginners
Leader: Rachel Lawson (206-931-3359 day of trip only)
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point: 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.
Sunday, May 27, 2018, 6:30 AM
Nearly Local Birding “North of the Border” - half day to Edmonds Area Hotspots
Leader: Jon Houghton (206-601-0773)
Birdathon Donation: $15
Meeting Point: 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: 6 in 2 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)
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 (360-220-5735)
Meeting Point: 6:30 AM at Green Lake (Ravenna) Park & Ride, or 7:30 AMm at Evans Creek Preserver in Redmond
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.