Don and Judy Willott, leaders, email@example.com (email preferred to sign up), cell 206-459-6841. We will scope Port Gamble Bay from several viewpoints for flocks of loons, grebes and many other wintering ducks. Then we will walk into the Port Gamble Forest to check out the birds around the beaver pond. Lunch or snacks at Butcher and Baker will give us a chance to review our sightings. Meet at the Georges’ Corner Park and Ride, 27618 Hansville Rd. NE, Kingston (behind Albertson’s) at 8 am to get into carpools. Winter birding on the bay can be chilly, dress accordingly.
Contact Gene or Sandy Bullock to reserve a spot (360-394-5635; firstname.lastname@example.org). This morning field trip to Port Washington Narrows in Bremerton is a tradition started many years ago by Ivan Summers. We customarily end it with lunch at the Boatshed Restaurant. Tens of thousands of marine birds winter in these protected waters, and well-maintained Bremerton parks provide outstanding views plus convenient parking. We’ll meet at 9 a.m. at Lion’s Field Park on Lebo Lane. We’ll also visit Evergreen Park and stop at Lower Rota Vista Park. Kitsap Audubon has installed steps, a handrail and an interpretive sign at this charming little park at the end of Elizabeth Avenue, which offers exceptional views of a unique colony of Pelagic Cormorants and pair of Peregrine Falcons that nest on the underside of the Warren Avenue Bridge.
Al & Andrew Westphal, leaders, westphalac@ aol.com, 206-780-7844 (e-mail preferred). DESTINATION BIRDING! We will look for the great flocks of over-wintering Snow Geese plus Trumpeter Swans and a terrific array of other waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and others. This will be a long full-day event. Group size is limited. Contact Al Westphal to register and for details.
George Gerdts & Mary Anne Rossing, leaders. Two of our areas most accomplished birders will lead a tour to a number of spots featuring wintering waterfowl and other birds, possibly venturing as far as Port Townsend. The group will assemble at 8 a.m. at the boat launch area of Salsbury County Park and form car pools for the day. Expect to finish at Fort Flagler or Fort Worden State Park and return by 3 p.m. Pack a lunch and snacks for a FULLDAY EVENT. Due to constricted access at several locations, this group size must be limited to two carloads, so contact George ASAP to sign up at geopandion@ gmail.com or 360-297-3153 (leave a message) for a reserved spot. Also please notify George of any cancellations in order to make sure all spaces can be filled.