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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65 March 2016 | Birder's Guide to Travel reliable spot in all of Seattle for them. Jack Block Park, a 15-acre Port of Seattle parcel at the east end of Harbor Avenue, is a good place to see a few songbirds while scoping Elliot Bay. Bald Eagles regularly nest in the area, and Peregrine Falcons nest on the bridge over the nearby Duwamish River. Jack Block is also a great place for the California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals that hang out in Elliot Bay. Access: By car, you can effciently drive and park all along the waterfront to scan for waterbirds. By bus, take King County Metro route 37 from down- town, and plan to walk along the shore. A unique and quick transport is the West Seattle Water Taxi, 10 minutes each way, running regularly between downtown Seattle's waterfront and West Seattle. Lincoln Park If you want to extend your time in West Seattle, from Alki, head to Lincoln Park for songbirds. The park also sits on saltwater, so for a one-stop shop for Pacifc Northwest specialties, it's a good option. You can expect to fnd Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Spotted Towhee, as well as Bewick's and Pacifc wrens on a year-round basis. From October through May, Varied Thrushes lurk in the forest. A good day could also drum up Pileated Woodpecker, Red- breasted Sapsucker, Hutton's Vireo, and Townsend's Warbler. There's no wrong place to bird here, so walking the 4.6 miles of trails is a good bet for many species, though forest edges offer a better vantage than the depths of the forest. Barred Owls have tak - en over the second- and old-growth forest patches, but the park historically had Western Screech-Owl (Mee-kwa Mooks Park closer to Alki might still have some hold-outs, but they're most likely gone). Access: Parking is mostly on the east side of the park, which means that you'll have to plan on walk- ing. The best bus from downtown is King County Metro Rapid Line C, which takes you right to the park. Seward Park While not as close to downtown, Seward Park of- fers many of the species a visit to Lincoln Park could. This park occupies a peninsula that juts into freshwater Lake Washington out of South Seattle. Above, from left to right: n Pigeon Guillemot. Photo © Michael Klotz n Golden-crowned Sparrow. Photo © Tim Lenz n Hairy Woodpecker. Photo © Charlie Wright Background image: n West Point Lighthouse, Discovery Park. Photo © Tracie Howe

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