This is the 2nd of a 4-trip Silverwood Park birding experience (Feb thru May). Attend one or all of the trips!
Silverwood Park is a beautiful urban park on the shores of Silver Lake. The variety of habitats in the park–oak forest, marsh, grassland, and lakefront–make it a great birding destination, with over 180 different species sighted in the park.
Birding in a single location over several months can be a great way to get into birding. During this series of four field trips, participants will get to know the park and watch for different birds each month as the seasons change. In addition to getting to know the birds of Silverwood, participants will also be introduced to basic birding techniques and tools, including digital resources. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars; a few extra pairs will be available.
DIRECTIONS Meet at the doors leading into the Visitor Center from the parking lot. 46.550684, -119.488974
REGISTRATION No registration necessary. Come for any of the sessions–attending all is not required.
DIFFICULTY Most paths are paved, but may be icy in the winter. Walks will range from 1-1.5 miles.
LEADERS Jen Miller firstname.lastname@example.org and Liz Richards
Wednesday, March 20: 2-4 PM
During March, we will start to see some early migrants returning to the park–some waterfowl, and maybe even robins and red-winged blackbirds. We’ll also notice an increase in bird songs that we will learn to identify.
Wednesday, April 17: 2-4 PM
April showers melt the ice on Silver Lake, which brings more waterfowl, along with sparrows, swallows, and maybe even some early warblers or phoebes. With some luck, we might catch a glimpse of a migrating shorebird along the lakeshore, or see the fluffy head of an owlet.
Wednesday, May 15: 2-4 PM
May brings warblers, warblers, and more warblers! We’ll also begin to see some of the beautiful summer residents of the park, including orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and bluebirds. While the leaves returning to the trees makes seeing birds more challenging, the variety of species in the park in May makes this one of the most exciting times of year for birding.