Wed., Sept. 28: Sauk Mountain Parking Area for Raptors – 8:30 am to mid-late afternoon (approx.)
Trip Leaders: Jeff Osmundson, Tim Manns (contact info below) and Bob Kuntz
This trip will involve little to no walking. We’ll make a stop or two enroute to the start of the Sauk Mountain Trail. Most of the birding will take place while we sit or stand near the trailhead searching the skies for raptors, especially Golden Eagles. Other interesting birds such as Sooty and Ruffed Grouse and Northern Pygmy Owls are possible. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the National Park Service/U.S. Forest Service building at 810 State Route 20 in Sedro-Woolley. To minimize the number of vehicles, we will carpool from there. Sauk Mountain Road is a steep, fairly rough gravel road twisting its way up Sauk Mountain, just west of Rockport. Higher clearance is useful but not essential. Scopes will help identify soaring raptors, although binoculars alone will be good enough in most cases. Bring lunch and water; pack clothing for a variety of conditions, especially if the forecast includes rain. Some may wish to bring a folding chair. There is an outhouse at the trailhead. Sunscreen and insect repellent may be useful.
Jeff Osmundson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim Manns (email@example.com).