Downtown Olympia walk in search of ducks

November 17, 2013 

You often don’t have to travel far to find good birding. Saturday’s downtown Olympia walk looking for waterfowl is a good example.

Led by Burt Guttman, these downtown duck quests are a tradition in Olympia. Many different ducks, geese, grebes, and the occasional loon or swan, as well as passerines in the trees and shrubs, are possible at Capitol Lake in late fall and winter.

Depending on the location of birds, participants might wander to Tumwater Historical Park, Percival Cove or lower Budd Inlet.

The walk will run from 9 a.m.-noon. Participants should meet at the Marathon Park parking lot at Capitol Lake.

Those people taking part should dress for the weather, and bring some snacks and water. This trip is especially oriented toward beginning birders.

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