Field Trips – July

Recent and Upcoming WOS Field Trips


Friday, July 8, 2016

Whidbey Island (limit 11)

Leader: Brian H. Bell 425-485-8058 (206-619-0379 morning of trip only)

6:20 a.m. (prompt to catch ferry) NE 145th St. P&R (also known as N Jackson Park)


Whidbey is a good birding spot most anytime. We will work our way north along the island looking for passerines, waterbirds that may be around, and perhaps raptors. Bring spotting scopes, Discover Pass if you have one, lunch, fluids. We’ll carpool to three cars. Plan on a long day.

Call Brian at 425-485-8058 to reserve your spot.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Yellow Aster Butte, Mount Baker, Whatcom County

Leaders: Fanter Lane & Casey McHugh


Hike: Yellow Aster Butte is a 4-mile uphill climb. The first two miles are in forest and there can be a lot of biting black flies (2 years ago they were everywhere and last year none). Long pants and a light long sleeve depending on weather should be good. After that we will break out above tree line and hike another two miles to the actual Butte. Flies practically disappear once we’re out of the trees. We will be hiking a total of 8+ miles up and then down in one day. This is a very intense hike with a 2,550 elevation gain – people should be aware of what they’re signing up for. Target birds: White-tailed Ptarmigan, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Sooty Grouse and other breeding birds (warblers, sparrows, thrushes, etc.)

Description: The main target of the trip is the White-tailed Ptarmigan – we will drop down into a small basin where they live. We have a good chance of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch around the Butte. In the past two years, there have been American Three-toed Woodpeckers around a certain area along the trail, so we will see if they are around. We will also look for warblers along willow thickets. Finish by about 5:00pm. NATIONAL FOREST PASS is required for parking at the trailhead.

Meeting: We will meet in Deming, at the Nooksack Casino, and carpool the rest of the way. Time will be arranged when people sign up, however we will shoot for an early start, around 6:00am.

Sign-up: If you are interested in this trip, please email Fanter at

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