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Family Birding Walk at Saltwater State Park
Saturday, November 18
10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Leaders: Calen Randall and Cindy Flanagan

Come enjoy a family birding outing watching seabirds and exploring woodland birds. We will explore the waters of the Puget Sound and the forested trails of Saltwater State Park. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress warmly. Discover Parking Pass needed (or pay parking) Contact Calen Randall to register at calenbirds@hotmail.com.



Fox Island and the South Kitsap Area
Sunday, November 26
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Leader: Jim Flynn

Here is an area I bet most of us have never explored. Fox Island is SW of Gig Harbor and if you've ever golfed or birded at Chambers Bay near Lakewood you have probably seen Fox Island. It is joined to the Gig Harbor peninsula by a bridge and the birding along the bridges causeway can be quite good, with a variety of water birds like ducks, grebes, loons, gulls, etc. We will also take some time to head north into the Kitsap and explore some little lakes and other rarely birded spots. These parks will hopefully give us a chance to look for wintering birds like Fox Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Varied Thrushes. Maybe we will be lucky enough to find something like a Hutton's Vireo or ???

Rain or shine, we will have a chance to stretch our legs and learn a little something about the birds of this area. Be sure to dress in layers for possible wet and cool weather. Be sure also to bring carpool money, lunch and drinks.

Meet at the Star Lake Park and Ride at S. 272nd Street and I-5. This is the P&R on the west side of I-5, right next to the freeway. Access is off S. 272nd and 26th Ave South.

Call Jim Flynn at (206) 399-6418 to sign up, or email merlinmania@comcast.net



Kittitas County Birding in Winter
Sunday, December 3
6:30 AM - Evening
Leaders: Roger Orness and Charlie Wright

Come enjoy a day of winter-season birding in central Washington on this very popular trip. We will venture over Snoqualmie Pass and visit areas including Swauk Prairie and South Cle Elum along our route. Large numbers of raptors including Rough-legged Hawks and Prairie Falcons are seen wintering in the open, often snow-covered fields of Kittitas Valley. Proceeding east we will reach the Columbia River at Vantage, where waterfowl are sometimes present in vast numbers. Target species will include unusual loons, ducks, and American White Pelicans. Chukar are seen occasionally in the basalt outcroppings here.

Bring: many layers of clothing for cold, windy weather conditions, a lunch and snacks. Scopes are welcome. Space is limited.

Meet: at 6:30AM at Auburn Safeway on Auburn Way near Main St.

Directions: Take Hwy 18 to Auburn and exit at Auburn Way (Hwy 164). Turn north (right) on Auburn Way and drive three blocks. Safeway sign and gas station will be on left. Park in the Safeway lot just to north of gas station and straight out from the Safeway doors. We will meet and carpool from there.

Sign-up: Contact Charlie Wright at cwright770@gmail.com or 253 468-4146. E-mail is preferred.