Kittitas County Birding in Winter

12/04/2016 06:30 AM - 09:00 PM PT


  • Free


Auburn Safeway
101 Auburn Way S
Auburn, WA 98002


Leaders - Roger Orness and Charlie Wright

Come enjoy a day of winter-season birding in central Washington. 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, snow-covered fields of Kittitas Valley. Proceeding east we will reach the Columbia River at Vantage, where waterfowl are sometimes present in vast numbers. 

Some target species will include unusual loons, waterfowl, and American White Pelicans. Chukar are occasionally seen in the basalt outcroppings here.

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

Meet: At 6:30am at Auburn Safeway at Auburn Way and Main St. Take Hwy. 18 to Auburn and exit at Auburn Way. (Hwy 164). Turn north (right) on Auburn Way and drive three blocks north. Safeway sign and gas station will be on the left. Park in the Safeway lot just beyond the gas station and straight out from the Safeway door. We will meet and carpool from there.

Sign-up: Contact Charlie Wright, cwright770@gmail.com253-468-4146.

E-mail is preferred.