Urban Birding by Bus in Seattle

Green Lake Park

 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 accessible (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices). More than 170 species of birds have been spotted in the park and birding here is great year round. Close views are likely here as birds are adapted to people. Bus Routes: 26, 45, 62

Free Bird Walks   http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx 

Magnuson Park

A 200 plus acre park with habitats of mixed forest, fresh waters of Lake Washington, seasonal wetlands, meadows and shrubby areas. A flat, paved accessible (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) trail runs along Lake Washington. Enter on the N.E 65th street entrance and head towards the large parking lot near the lake to access wetland and or paved trails. There is a interpretive bird species list near the lot as well porta potty restrooms. 185 species can be seen here. 

Bus Routes: 62, 75

Free Bird Walks .http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx 

Union Bay Natural Area

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 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. 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 

Link Light Rail and 

Bus Routes: 65, 75

Free Bird Walks http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx 

Discovery Park

Seattle's largest city park at over 500 acres and 12 miles of trails is 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


Carkeek Park

A little over 100 species have been seen at this 200 plus acre 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

Free Bird Walks http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx 

Seward Park

 Seward Park 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 that is accessible (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) 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 and Bus Routes: 50


Lincoln Park

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) walkway along the beach. Close to 100 species can be seen here including one of a few places to see Common Ravens in the city. The Fauntleroy Ferry dock nearby is good for viewing marine birds from the pier and beach. 

Bus Routes: 116, C Line

Alki Beach

Numerous species of marine birds and shorebirds that migrate here can be seen off the beach at Alki in West Seattle, especially in winter. Occasionally Orca and Harbor Porpoises can be spotted too. Boardwalk along the beach is a paved accessible (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) walkway. 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

Jack Block Park is an obscure 15 acre industrial park in West Seattle with bridges, piers and pathways to walk on. The Park is also accessible (accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) via a paved 0.4 mile path start to end from the first parking lot to the final viewpoint. 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

Meadowbrook Pond is located in N.E 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 and several paved paths. It's a great place to see migrating water fowl in winter as well at the over 100 bird species throughout the year. Bus Routes: 65

Ravenna Park

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, 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. 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

Golden Gardens Park

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 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 and waterfowl are all present here. Bus Routes: 45

Juanita Bay Park

This 110-acre urban wildlife habitat which surrounds Lake Washington is home to songbirds, waterfowl & beavers as well as native foliage. Portions of the park trails are paved and accessible ( accommodates wheelchairs and assistive walking devices) This is a popular spot with birders on the eastside of the Seattle area. Free walks are led by The Eastside Audubon Society. 

Bus Routes: 255, 277.  

Free Bird Walks https://www.eastsideaudubon.org/ 

Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park

Olympic Sculpture Park is a 9 acre former industrial site now an urban park on Elliot Bay which connects to Myrtle Edwards Park. Only a mile from downtown Seattle it boasts views of waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, seabirds 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. 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 

Washington Park Arboretum

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 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

Free Bird Walks