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Neighborhood Bird Walks

Join Seattle Audubon, rain or shine, for a bird walk. No sign up required! Beginning birders or new Seattleites will especially enjoy this initial exposure to the rich variety of regional bird life. Families and non-members are welcome to attend.

Participants in Seattle Audubon programs may borrow optics at no cost. If needed, request binoculars from The Nature Shop; reserving binoculars in advance will better ensure availability. Further information is available from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 206-523-4483.

For directions to upcoming bird walks, click here.

 

Wednesday, April 17, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Karen Wosilait
Meeting Point: Education Pavilion at base of Promontory Point
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2 miles walking

Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake.  We will be walking ~2 miles, uphill and down, looking and listening for birds.  This walk is suitable for any level of bird-watcher, including children (accompanied by adult).  Bring binoculars, warm water-proof clothes/shoes, water, and a willingness to stop & listen.

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Bus #62 or #75 goes to NE 65th St Entrance at Sand Point Way NE.  Walk or drive east to parking lot E-1.  The Education Pavilion is a small, red-metal-roofed structure next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the "Printable Park Map" at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/magnuson-park


Sunday, April 28, 9:00-11:00AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (mostly gravel trails, with some soft ground or mud), ~1.5 miles walking

Union Bay Natural Area lies in northeast Seattle, east of the University of Washington. Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture in the East parking lot off NE 41st Street, one block beyond the place where Mary Gates Memorial Drive turns left to becomes NE 41st Street.


Thursday, May 2, 9:00-11:00AM
Lake Union Park
Leaders: Dave Galvin and Tom Leschine
Meeting Point: Southwest corner of Lake Union at Valley Street and Westlake Avenue North

Trip accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), A (solid pavement), less than 1 mile walking, wheel-chair friendly
Beginner’s bird walk along the SW shore of Lake Union. Good for close views of waterfowl through the winter months. Dress for winter weather. Explore South Lake union after the walk. The permanent exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is free on this first Thursday, as is nearby Center for Wooden Boats. Parking is limited. Public transit is recommended. Find a map and more information on the Lake Union Park website.


Saturday, May 4, 9:00-11:00AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot
2300 Arboretum Drive East
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (soft ground, gravel trails, + some pavement & mud), ~2 miles walking

A beginner’s Bird Walk among the trees of the Arboretum and along the shores of Union Bay. Larry enjoys pointing out the various species and often provides distinguishing photos for illustration. Occasionally, he is able to relate the history of individual Union Bay birds:
•    Eva and Albert - The 520 Eagles,
•    Chip and Goldie - our Pileated Woodpeckers,
•    Chester and Lacey - our local, but migrating Osprey and
•    Monty and Marsha - our newest pair of Bald Eagles.    
Binoculars are essential. Boots may be helpful. The paths we take are generally level, but sometimes muddy. Families are welcome, but please leave the pets at home.


Saturday, May 11, 8:15-10:30AM
Green Lake Park
Leader: Roniq Bartanen
Meeting Point: Green Lake Boathouse in front of the cafe. 7351 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98115
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), A (paved and level), 2.8 miles walking

Most people know Green Lake as a place to run, walk your dog and go for a nice stroll in the city but did you know it’s also a rich and diverse “Urban Birding” habitat? Over 170 species of birds have been seen here.
Join us as we explore the lingering winter waterfowl, the arrival of spring migrants such as various Warblers, Ospreys, Swallows, Rufous Hummingbirds, Western Tanagers and also the many other species that spend time here throughout the year.  All levels of birders are welcome from beginner and beyond as well as families. We will spend 2 hours at an easy pace navigating 2.8 miles of level terrain. Restroom options can be found along the way.  Boots may be helpful as some spots can have puddles. Please leave dogs at home so our feathered friends won’t be scared off and dress appropriately for the weather. Binoculars are not necessary but will enhance the experience and can be rented at Seattle Audubon Society. The CafĂ© where we meet outside is open 7 am to 5 pm, weather permitting. A small parking lot is available as well as street parking. Public transportation is encouraged and a bike rack is also nearby. Trail is ADA accessible; all abilities and mobilities are welcome!

 

Sunday, May 12, 8:30-10:30 AM
Mercer Slough Nature Park
Leader: Eric Crockett & Emily Larson
Meeting Point: the north parking lot just down the hill from the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center on 118th Ave SE, Bellevue
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), D (one very steep hill), ~1.5 miles walking

Come explore the Eastside at Lake Washington's largest freshwater wetland! We'll descend a short but steep hillside into the slough, and then walk around the Bellefields Loop Trail. As we search the woods, channel, and blueberry farm for birds, there will be an emphasis on listening for bird sounds. Binoculars will come in handy, but scopes are not needed. Birders of all levels and ages are welcome. Bathrooms at the Education Center are Closed until 10:00 AM.


Wednesday, May 15, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
Meeting Point: Education Pavilion at base of Promontory Point
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2 miles walking

We will be walking ~2 miles, uphill and down, looking and listening for forest birds.  Then we will stroll through the wetlands, looking for water birds.  As time allows, we may finally reach Lake Washington. This walk is suitable for any level of bird-watcher, including children (accompanied by adult).  Bring binoculars, warm water-proof clothes/shoes, water, and a willingness to stop & listen.

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Bus #62 or #75 goes to NE 65th St Entrance at Sand Point Way NE.  Walk or drive east to parking lot E-1.  The Education Pavilion is a small, red-metal-roofed structure next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the "Printable Park Map" at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/magnuson-park


Saturday, May 18, 9:00-11:00AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: On the parking lot side of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and to the beach
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B/C (soft ground and gravel paths, hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 1-2 miles walking

As winter transitions into spring and day length increases, our walk will spend less time on the beach, where we observe many of Puget Sound's seabirds in winter months, and more time in Carkeek's wetlands and forest trails.  We expect to see and hear more passerine activity during this spring period of migration, courting, and nesting.  It is a very exciting time to be walking around the woods of Carkeek!

Highlights from spring of 2018 included excellent views of juvenile Pileated Woodpeckers, American Crows, and Brown Creepers, and........ "Fernando", our crowd-favorite, partially leucistic, male Anna's Hummingbird who defended the same territory by the upper parking lot 6 consecutive months!  On January 19, 2019, one of our participants relocated him on the same perch, and we will definitely look for him again there on February 16 and on each of our spring walks!

Participants should always be prepared for cool, windy, and/or rainy weather, and should check the weather forecast prior to each walk.  The beach, in particular, can be quite chilly, so wearing layers that can be removed as well as bringing light gloves and a warm hat is always recommended.  One telescope and a Sibley Bird Guide will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes and guides.

 

Saturday, May 18, 8:00-10:30AM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park – Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 2-3 miles walking

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. Finally, please bring your sense of humor, and leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.


Saturday, May 25, 9:00-11:00AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (mostly gravel trails, with some soft ground or mud), ~1.5 miles walking

Union Bay Natural Area lies in northeast Seattle, east of the University of Washington. Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture in the East parking lot off NE 41st Street, one block beyond the place where Mary Gates Memorial Drive turns left to becomes NE 41st Street.

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