[Tweeters] Upcoming visit to Seattle

Judith Walker birdwalker at mac.com
Fri Jan 5 18:09:22 PST 2007

My name is Judy Walker and I live in North Carolina. I have a  
conference in Seattle in two weeks and plan to spend 5-6 days before  
the conference birding. I have been lurking on the list for about a  
month and reading the ABA Washington birding book. I have a few  
questions that I am hoping someone can answer for me.

The first has to do with the ferries, particularly the one through  
the San Juan islands. Does one have to go all the way to Victoria? Do  
you have to take a car? How long does it take? Would it be better to  
go out on a whaling trip?

The second has to do with the weather. Some of the birds I would like  
to encounter appear to only be on the east side of the mountains. I  
know you all have been having a rough winter (unlike ours which has  
been incredibly warm). Will it be feasible for me to go over the  
mountains with a rental? I have heard that you have to have chains.

I haven't been able to get a handle on distances. It appears things  
are closer together than they are here in NC.  How long it would take  
to say do the Skagit or Samish flats. Would it be worth, time wise,  
going over to the coast?

I do have a list of target birds that is pretty ambitious but tops on  
the list are Cackling Goose, Ancient Murrelet, Northern Shrike, Red- 
breasted and Williamson's Sapsucker, Spotted Owl, Gyrfalcon (I know  
but girl and dream can't she?) and Redpolls.

Any information and/or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.  
Please respond to me directly, so we don't bog down the discussion list.

Judy Walker
Charlotte, NC

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