Please join Master Birder and author Connie Sidles on a bird walk through Yesler Swamp!
- Date: Sunday, January 2, 2011
- Time: 2:30 to 3:30 for the walk; 3:30 to 5:00 for soup and cider
- Place: Meet in the east parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st, Seattle (free parking)
- Bring: Binoculars; dress for the weather
The bird walk will begin at 2:30 and end with hot soup and cider at the home of Carol Arnold and Jim Compton at 3:30. Meet at the parking lot on the east side of Union Bay Natural Area on the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture campus.
Adults and older children (age 10 and up) will enjoy exploring the secret places of the swamp. Yesler Swamp is a little slice of the wild on the east side of Union Bay Natural Area on the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture campus. The swamp is home to a variety of woodpeckers, wrens, hummingbirds, ducks, grebes, and sometimes even wild swans.
Come along with Connie as she takes you on a storybook journey through one of the premier birding spots in the city. “There were large flocks of Pine Siskins there yesterday,” she reports, “and flyover Evening Grosbeaks. The Bufflehead males are displaying for the females, ratcheting their heads up and down like rubber duckies with head-springs. A resident Sharp-shinned Hawk gets into daily fights with its larger cousin, the Cooper’s Hawks, and the Bald Eagles who are nesting at nearby Talaris have started flying overhead with giant branches clutches in their claws. It’s a lively scene.”
Connie is a long-time master birder and member of the board of directors for Seattle Audubon Society. She has birded Yesler Swamp for 25 years and has written a book about it and the adjoining natural area,
entitled “In My Nature: A Birder’s Year at the Montlake Fill.” Connie will be available during the soup and cider party to sign books.
The birds are out – rain or shine – so dress for the weather. Be sure to bring binoculars and wear mud boots!