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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66 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 Birding in Seattle Holding one of the last chunks of old-growth forest, the park is where Washington Audubon has chosen to locate their base of operations, which is a good place to check for recent sightings. Bald Eagles nest in the park, and walking the 2.4-mile trail that runs along Lake Washington will offer good opportunities for both dabbling and div- ing ducks, loons, grebes, and gulls. In particular, look for Red-necked and Western grebes with the potential for Clark's Grebe. The interior of the park has about 120 acres of remnant old-growth, which is great for Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pacifc Wren, Varied Thrush, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Townsend's Warbler, and other forest species. There are access points to the in- terior interspersed along the waterfront loop, so a good walk could combine both water and forested trails. Access: Car access is easiest because Seward is relatively far from downtown. Parking is at the base of the peninsula or along an inte- rior loop road. Taking public transit requires a transfer; I recommend a combination of the Link Light Rail and a transfer to King County Metro Route 50. Interlaken Park Many Seattle birders might balk at sending a visitor to this small green- belt on the north side of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, but if you are short on time and staying nearby, it has some forest habitat. Logged 100 years ago, the only native mature trees left are a few fre-scarred western red-cedars, but there's plenty of second growth. This doesn't seem to stop Band-tailed Pigeons, Pacifc Wren, and Chestnut-backed Chickadees from frequenting the park. You might be hard-pressed to fnd a Varied Thrush, but for frst-time visitors to the West, it shouldn't Clockwise from bottom: n Townsend's Warbler. Photo © Kevin Cole n Lazuli Bunting. Photo © ransage n Pacifc Loon. Photo © Big Dipper 2

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