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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67 March 2016 | Birder's Guide to Travel be hard to fnd a Steller's Jay. For some of what must be the most inner-city owling possible, Barred Owls are year-round residents. The park is a series of ravines with a former road running across them east to west, now a walking and biking trail. I fnd that's the easiest place to bird from, as it provides vantage below and room for excursions onto side trails. A few blocks further north are the Montlake Playfelds along Portage Bay, a stretch of freshwater between Lake Union and Lake Washington. It isn't spec- tacular habitat, but it can yield a few waterbirds. Access: If you are on foot from Capitol Hill, it could be only a matter of blocks to the park. Parking is fairly easy around the greenbelt, es- pecially along residential streets. King County Metro Bus Route 49 gets you within a couple blocks of the west end of the park. Discovery Park The crown jewel of Seattle Parks, Discovery is the largest greenspace in the city, with many habi- tats included in 534 acres. Birding is great year- round, and if you have one place to visit within the city, this should be it, as the park boasts both a large species list (270 species total) and beau - tiful views of the Sound and nearby mountain ranges. Because so many birders visit the park, many rare species have been found here, includ - ing a Eurasian Hobby in 2001. The park mostly sits on a bluff above Puget Sound, with a mix of meadows and mixed conif- erous and deciduous forest. A walk of the loop n Discovery Park. Map © Janet Mrazek n View of the Olympic Mountains from Discovery Park. Photo © Charlie Wright

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