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Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

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Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

My husband and I are keen on birdwatching. We are visiting the Portland area around 12-16 June 2009. Is Gresham a good base for visiting the Cascades, Columbia River Gorge?

Are there any good hotel/lodging (with kitchen facilities) that cost below USD100?

Thank you for your help.

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11. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

Jill1230, re: your WA visit, how long will you be here and what is your itinerary as best you now know it?

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12. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

Our tentative dates to visit Seattle is 19-22 June 2009. Voyaging - if you can recommend birding sites, we would appreciate it lots! Thanks.

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13. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

Since your time is limited, and I don't know your other plans, here are a few spots worth seeing:

Juanita Bay Park (soon to be call JB Preserve), just north of downtown Kirkland.

…kirkland.wa.us/depart/parks/Online_Parks_Gu…

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Olympia, our state capital, south of Tacoma.

http://www.fws.gov/Nisqually/

Skagit/Samish Flats, north of Seattle.

www.birdersworld.com/brd/default.aspx…

http://www.fidalgo.net/~audubon/

We were at the latter yesterday: 45 species total, 55 Bald Eagles, Short Eared Owls, GBHs, RoughLegged Hawks, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans in the hundreds, and Snow Geese in the thousands.

Of course, June will be different.

We have many resident raptors year round so the "flats" are still worth seeing.

I'll send more ideas, got to go.

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14. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

One of the resources created when I was on the Seatle Audubon board was this:

http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/birding_sites_list.aspx?id=3&emphasis='site'

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15. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

Voyaging - thank you very much for the suggestions. We plan to go birding early in the morning and evening, if possible. Afternoons will be reserved to visit downtown Seattle or just rest! What are the driving times to the various spots from downtown Seattle? Thanks again for all the websites.

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16. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

Jill, with the time you have available, I culled the list to these birding sites and, unless they are in Seattle, provide estimated driving times, one way.

The website provided earlier has great descriptions of each.

• 206 Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge - 45 minutes.

• 210 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge - best seen from Portland or en route to Seattle

• 211 Samish Flats - 1 hour plus about 1 - 3 hours driving that area.

• 214 Seattle - Discovery Park - In Seattle

• 215 Seattle - Green Lake - In Seattle

• 216 Seattle - Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill) - In Seattle (a favorite spot of ours)

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17. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

Still on the OR forum, but perhaps these websites will prove useful for your Seattle area trip. The first one is my Inside Page.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28968-c93928/Washing…

http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/

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18. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

Jill, I just ordered a new Kowa 883 scope. Hard to wait for it to arrive.

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19. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

Voyaging - those sites in the Seattle area will really be useful for us. Thanks for compiling the list such that we can make full use of our limited stay there. We really wish we have more time. Congrats on your new scope - hope you have loads of fun! I use binoculars (8X42) myself and my husband lugs around his camera equipment (zoom lens, tripod and all) - he's into bird photography.

So we're really looking forward to the trip.

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20. Re: Home base for birdwatching in the Cascades

I just checked out the birdweb.org site. It's a WONDERFUL resource for birders. Thank you so much for sharing the info. Appreciate it lots.

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