Birder's Guide

MAR 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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62 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 Birding in Seattle Myrtle Edwards Park (Seattle Waterfront) If you are in downtown Seattle and want to see waterbirds, check Myrtle Edwards Park. With 1.25 miles of paths that stretch along Elliott Bay, there are good opportunities for a variety of sea ducks, loons, and alcids. Even along the heav- ily altered shoreline, you can fnd Pigeon Guillemot and Barrow's Goldeneye with relative ease. Bring your scope, and may- be score a Long-tailed Duck or Pacifc Loon farther out. Anna's Hummingbird and Golden-crowned Sparrow (October– April) are possible at every location on this list, but the landscaping in the park is as good a place as any. If you really want to scope saltwater, you could extend your search beyond the park and explore the piers south to the Washington State Ferry landing. Likewise you could hop the ferry to Bainbridge Island from there. The ride each way is 30 minutes, and Parasitic Jaeger (September–November), Ancient Murrelet, and even orca are possible. Bottom, left to right: n Alki Beach and West Seattle waterfront. Map © Janet Mrazek n Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Photo © budgora

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