The 256 acre Green Lake forms the heart of 400-acre Green Lake Park in the north end of Seattle. A 2.8 mile loop trail around the lake is paved, level and provides urban birding, accessible birding (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) as well as birding by bike. There is ADA parking and restrooms as well as numerous benches for resting. More than 170 species of birds have been spotted here and the birding is great year round. Close views are likely here as birds are adapted to people. Bus Routes: 26, 45, 62
A 200 plus acre park with habitats of mixed forest, fresh waters of Lake Washington, seasonal wetlands, meadows and shrubby areas with benches for resting scattered throughout. A flat, paved accessible (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) trail runs along Lake Washington providing accessible birding, urban birding and birding by bike. Enter on the N.E 65th street entrance and head towards the large parking lot near the lake to access ADA parking, wetlands and or paved trails. There is a interpretive bird species list near the lot as well porta potty restrooms. 185 species of birds have be seen here.
Bus Routes: 62, 75
This area is also know as Montlake Fill and was once a garbage dump, giving it the nickname "The Fill". The dump closed in 1966 and now it's one of the top urban birding spots in the city. A diverse habitat of fresh lake water, ponds, riparian vegetation and marshes have resulted in over 200 species being seen here. The onsite horticulture library has over 15,000 books and 400 magazine titles with ADA restrooms and parking nearby. Boat rental facilities are available for birding by boat. Canoes, kayaks and rowboats rentals for the public: UW Waterfront Activities Center and Agua Verde Paddle Club
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Bus Routes: 65, 75
Seattle's largest city park for urban birding is over 500 acres and has 12 miles of trails. Best part, it's only a few miles from downtown. Diverse habitats include Puget Sound, meadows, mixed coniferous and deciduous forested trails and beach access. 270 species of birds have been seen here. Guided bird walks and Owl Prowls are options. Check out the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center for a trail map and coming events. Paper maps can also be found at the parking lot kiosk.
Bus Routes: 19, 24, 33
A little over 100 species have been seen at this 200 plus acre urban birding park in North Seattle. Habitats include upland forest, riparian, wetland, meadow and saltwater. Marine birds, raptors, songbirds and shorebirds can all be seen here. Certain times of the year beach naturalist from the Seattle Aquarium assist in helping visitors identify marine life.
Bus Routes: 28, 40, D Line
Seward Park is an urban birding spot that boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, home to eagles' nests, over 100 species of birds, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile level, paved bike and walking path perfect for accessible birding (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) as well as birding by bike. It features a native plant garden.miles of hiking trails and more. This is also home to Seward Park Audubon Center which hosts numerous programs throughout the year including Owl and Bat Prowls, Birding with Kids and special bird photography and raptor events.
Link Light Rail & Bus Route: 50
Lincoln Park is a 135 acre park in West Seattle between Fauntleroy Way S.W. and Puget Sound. One of Seattle's largest parks, attractions include a paved flat and sloped accessible (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) path, which allows for accessible birding and birding by bike on a walkway along the beach.Urban birding here allows the possibility of seeing close to bird 100 species. It's one of a few places to see Common Ravens in the city. Lincoln Park is also part of the Whale Trail. The Fauntleroy Ferry dock nearby is good for viewing marine birds from the pier and beach.
Bus Routes: 116, C Line
Numerous species of marine birds and shorebirds that migrate here can be seen off the beach at Alki in West Seattle, making it a popular urban birding spot especially in winter. Occasionally Orca and Harbor Porpoises can be spotted too. The boardwalk along the beach is a paved and allows for accessible birding (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) as well as birding by bike. Views of the Olympic Mountains are visible from the beach. Shore birds and marine birds are commonly seen here in Winter. Bus Routes: 37, 56, 57
Jack Block Park is an obscure 15 acre industrial park in West Seattle with bridges, piers and pathways to walk on as well as benches and roll up to picnic tables for sitting. The Park has a paved path for accessible birding (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) as well as birding by bike via a paved 0.4 mile path start to end from the first parking lot to the final viewpoint. The path has some inclines and not all of it is level. It is 2.2 miles from Alki Beach on same bus line (#37). Look for raptors, songbirds, waterfowl and marine birds. As well as Purple Martins near the gourds hanging off the pier above Elliot Bay.
Bus Routes: 37, 773, Seattle Water Taxi (Taxi times vary depending on time of year)
Meadowbrook Pond is and urban birding spot located in Northeast Seattle. It's main function is as a storm water detention and flood control facility. The public can cross Meadowbrook Pond via a flat accessible (accommodates wheelchairs or assistive walking devices) wooden footbridge with benches for sitting and several paved paths. ADA parking and restrooms are across the street. It's a great place for accessible birding to see migrating water fowl in winter as well at the over 100 bird species throughout the year. This is a easy spot to get to for birding by bike as well. Bus Routes: 65
Ravenna Park was formed when Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet melted and formed Lake Russel and cut ravines through new glacial fill. There are several access points to the trails for urban birding located along Brooklyn Ave NE, Ravenna Ave NE, NE 62nd Street, NE 58th Street, and NE 55th Street. There are 4.5 miles of trails traversing a 0.75-mile stretch of ravine. There is a flat compact dirt trail called the "Trolley Trail" that is an accessible birding trail for larger wheeled chairs. Birding by bike is an option on this trail as welel. Many birds can be spotted here throughout the year in different areas of the park. This park is a reliable area to see Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers as well as migrating species.
Bus Routes: 73,74,62, 372
This 87-acre park in Ballard is situated on Puget Sound, overlooking the Olympic mountains. It features two wetlands, a short loop trail, and a restored northern beach. Golden Gardens offers urban birding with strolls along a rugged coastline, hikes through forest trails, sunbathing on sandy beaches, fishing from a pier and a boat launch consisting of 300' of shoreline at south end of park. Raptors, songbirds, marine birds and fresh water fowl are all present here.
Bus Routes: 45
This 110-acre urban birding and wildlife habitat which surrounds Lake Washington is home to songbirds, waterfowl & beavers as well as native foliage. Portions of the park trails have paved and level boardwalks, and gently sloping, paved pathways to explore meadows and woodland edges for accessible birding (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) This is a popular spot with birders on the eastside of the Seattle area. Eastside Audubon has led accessible walks here in the past. Free walks are led by The Eastside Audubon Society.
Bus Routes: 255, 277.
Free Bird Walks https://www.eastsideaudubon.org/
Olympic Sculpture Park is a 9 acre urban birding and accessible birding spot and park on Elliot Bay which connects to Myrtle Edwards Park. Only a mile from downtown Seattle it boasts views of waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, marine birds and gulls. The Olympic Sculpture Park has ADA accessible ramps, and the main Z path through the park is graded to provide universal access. Wheelchairs—including an all-terrain wheelchair—are available at the front desk inside the PACCAR Pavilion. Identification must be left at the front desk for the wheelchair loan. A flat paved trail here is ideal for birding by bike.
Bus Routes: 1, 5, 24, 33
Olympic Sculpture Park http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/olympic-sculpture-park#acc . Free Bird Walks http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx
The Arboretum is a park on the shores of Lake Washington and houses a vibrant collection of more than 20,000 living plants from around the world, making it a beautiful park and urban birding spot to stroll around in. Birds seen here include raptors, waterfowl on Union Bay, songbirds and woodpeckers. The Graham Visitors Center onsite contains an information desk, and a gift shop. The Japanese Garden located at the south end of the Arboretum has an entrance fee and is managed by the City of Seattle.
Bus Routes: 43, 48
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