Unexpected Animals Series, Birdwatchers Delight LbNA # 20914
|Owner||Wild Rose |
|Placed Date||Mar 19 2006|
|Found By||CordialBunnyMoonCrab |
|Last Update||Feb 28 2011 |
Attention birdwatchers…grab your binoculars and head for the McLane Forest! Recently there were two bird sightings that are very rare for Western Washington!
Directions: Take I-5 to exit #104, Hwy 101. Go west to Mud Bay Road. Veer right to get to Mud Bay Road and then turn left. Turn right on Delphi. After about 1 mile Delphi makes a left turn and becomes 11th Ave NW. Just at the turn there is a gravel parking spot and trailhead for the McLane Forest.
Details: This is a level, paved path suitable for dogs, bicycles, strollers and wheelchairs (although you’ll need someone else to fetch the boxes). There are no restroom facilities available. I’m not good at judging distances, but I’m guessing maybe 2.5 – 3 miles to get both boxes.
Take the gravel to the asphalt and turn left. You can start your bird watching as you pass the bench and tiny pond. Enter the forest. As you get to the first cedar on your left look around. The birds you see are different here. This unexpected bird was spotted at the base of the tall stump behind the cedar. It was on the North side. If you get to the bench in the forest you’ve gone too far, although it’s a perfect place to stamp in! You can enjoy the rest of this beautiful forest trail if you like. It continues another ½ mile or so.
When you’re ready to look for more birds, go back the way you came. Pass the little pond and your car. Then pass a split log bench and an open section of trail. If you’re here in the spring you can enjoy the hundreds of daffodils blooming on both sides of the trail! When you come to a gravel trail on the right leading to the road, you can take it to read the sign about this special trail project and how you can volunteer to help! Back on the main path pass #1. Look for the bird houses on the posts on the right. Maybe you know what kind of bird lives there. We don’t! You’ll probably also see some interesting birds if you take a moment to enjoy Bergholz Bayou, Porter Pond, and Schilter Slough. We saw a pair of Mallard ducks. Next pass through another section of forest and two split log benches. Smile back at the happy stump! At the far edge of the forest look for the bat condo tree. Sure would be interesting to be here at dusk when the bats emerge! But you’re looking for birds, not bats, so keep going. Pass another bench and a big rock. Find the lone Douglas Fir on the left that has it’s own highway onramp. Turn your back on the tree (and the highway). See the row of windbreaker trees? Lots of birds make their homes here! The one you want is living in the cleavage of the far right tree, about 5’ up, covered with debris.
Please make sure both boxes are recovered well and hidden from view!