Lake Sammamish State Park tour offers beginning birding

September 11, 2012

By Staff

The red-breasted sapsucker is one of the birds seen in September on the monthly bird walk at Lake Sammamish State Park. By Mick Thompson

A free, guided walk at Lake Sammamish State Park on Sept. 19 will help visitors discover dozens of different kinds of birds in the diverse ecosystem found at the south end of the lake.

A typical walk in the park in September encounters about 50 different bird species, from various grebes on the lake to spotted sandpipers at creekside, from red-breasted sapsuckers and orange-crowned warblers in the woods to Savannah sparrows in the meadows.

Eastside Audubon guides Sharon Aagaard and Stan Wood lead a walk each month at Lake Sammamish State Park, always midweek during the quiet morning hours when birding is best. The Sept. 19 walk is from 8 a.m. to noon.

The tour involves walking two to three miles, and mud-proof shoes are advisable. Weather-appropriate layers, binoculars and drinking water are also recommended.

Reservations are not required. The tour will meet just before 8 a.m. Come into the park at the main entrance, take the first left into the large parking lot and continue to the northeast end. A Discover Pass is required to park. (The Discover Pass is available online at discoverpass.wa.gov and from some sporting goods stores.)

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