Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wednesday Bird Walk

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society is a very active group of folks.  Among many other activities, they have a year-round Wednesday morning bird walk.  We’ve gone on two and have really enjoyed them. 
Wednesday Birding Group
We meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park that is located along the Dungeness River, the ancestral watershed of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. The Center is the only U.S. Audubon Center with a tribal partner and the only rural center in Washington State. 
Dungeness River Audubon Center
 There are lots of bird feeders around the center where we start the bird walk. 
Hairy Woodpecker
Spotted Towhee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
After birding around the feeders we head toward the Railroad Bridge.
The Railroad Bridge first carried trains in July, 1915. The last train crossed the bridge in March, 1985.

In 1992, many volunteers helped replace the railroad ties and planked deck of the former railroad bridge.

The total length of the bridge, truss plus trestle, is over 730 ft. long; making the Railroad Bridge the longest bridge on the Dungeness River.
Dungeness river
Our walk is 1 1/2 miles and usually takes a little over 2 hours. We pass through both heavily forested and open areas, and we see a variety of birds along the way.
Varied Thrush
Brown Creeper
We get some great views from the trails.
Still lots of snow on the mountains.

Washington State Bird:  American Goldfinch


  1. Nice that you found some folks with like minded interest! Quite an undertaking to fix that long bridge into a walking/biking bridge!

  2. It's part of the Olympic Discovery Trail. We're waiting for it to warm up some to get our bikes out. It looks like a great biking/hiking trail.