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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Birding in Seattle 72 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 good idea. In winter, ducks congregat- ing here include Canvasback, scaup, goldeneyes, and all three mergansers. Near-shore is a good place to look for Wood Ducks foraging among lily pads. Bald Eagles are easily seen hunting the waterfowl, especially when raising chicks on a nearby nest. Access: Parking is easy nearby, in- cluding some free lots at the Center for Urban Horticulture, but be sure you aren't in a restricted lot. By bus, King County Metro route 25 is the only straight shot, as this is a bit more out of the way than the other locations. Honorable Mentions A few spots are too far to include or don't offer enough chances at special Pacifc Northwest species—but are too good to not mention. Continued from page 70 Magnuson Park is located in North Seattle along Lake Washington. The park has a good mix of open meadow and woodlands as well as a series of freshwater ponds and the shore of Lake Washington to explore. Introduced California Quail still hold on here in decent numbers, despite urban pres- sures. Bullock's Oriole and Lazuli Bunting breed, and it's the most reli- able place to see them in the city. With 197 species and lots of regular birders, plenty is reported at Magnuson. Carkeek Park: Also in North Seattle but along Puget Sound, the park has a good mix of forest and coastal species. Bring a scope for this alternative spot to see Brant, sea ducks, grebes, loons, gulls, and lots of alcids from October through April. Peruse the forest trails for the majority of forest species men- tioned elsewhere. Left: n Male Western Tanager. Photo © Peter Pearsall/USFWS Below: n Aerial view of Union Bay Natural Area. Photo © Brendan McGarry

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