Best Bets for Winter Birding
We asked several well-known local birders for their tips on winter birding in the places they know best. This exclusive Eastside Audubon winter birding guide is the product of their suggestions.
Winter birding can be outstanding in the Puget Sound region. Our shorelines, wetlands, and frequently flooded fields are attractive to a variety of waterfowl; our relatively moderate climate is hospitable to a changeable list of overwintering visitors; and the occasional storm can shunt surprise species our way.
Explore these places and discover the favorite haunts of some of the best birding guides and instructors in our region.
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park (Renton) — Tim Boyer
Juanita Bay Park (Kirkland) — MaryFrances Mathis
Lake Sammamish State Park (Issaquah) — Stan Wood
Marymoor Park (Redmond) — Michael Hobbs
Montlake Fill (Seattle) — Connie Sidles
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge — Shep Thorp
Samish Flats (Skagit County) — Brian H. Bell
Snoqualmie Valley — John Tubbs
Much useful information about winter birding can also be found in reports on past Eastside Audubon field trips, compiled by Hugh Jennings and listed by location and date in Field Trip Highlights.
Photo: Trumpeter Swans on Juanita Bay by Mick Thompson