Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Edmonds Marsh

We will be looking and listening for both migratory and resident birds in breeding plumage as they seek potential mates and protect territories for nesting. Bring binoculars; field guides are optional. Bring your smartphone or tablet with the Merlin App and use it to practice identifying species. We will be making an e-bird list for those who are tracking there and we will be making side observations on plant life using our heads and the inaturalist app. I'm happy to tutor anyone on the use of these apps as desired. Depending on the mood of the group we can either plan to have a late breakfast somewhere after our stroll or have a picnic together at the waterfront. I will be bringing a scope to help us see birds from the Fishing pier after we are finished at the Marsh if anyone is up for that.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 1.5 mi

There is a small parking area at the boardwalk for the Edmonds Marsh.  Most GPS's will take you there if you enter: 180 W Dayton St, Edmonds, WA 98020. You can park behind Bee Consulting  which can be a more clear cut gps route or the adjacent parking area for the business park.  Of course if you can't find parking there, you can find parking on Admiral Way and walk across to the Marsh.  Much of the parking along Admiral way is pay parking but it's inexpensive and there are some spots which are limited to two hours but are free.

Let's plan to meet there at 7:30am.  It will take two to three hours to enjoy the sights and sounds that this amazing salt water marsh has to offer.


Expect to spend 2-3 hours wandering the trails, looking for birds and listening to their calls. We will practice looking at key characteristics like shape, size, color patterns, and behaviors. The Merlin app may be helpful in identifying species and a bird book either hard copy or as an app will give more information. 

Species easily seen in May in Seward Park, Mont Lake Fill, or Discovery Park, based on lists from May over several years. Likely to be seen most anywhere in neighborhood parks in Puget Sound area. Thanks for the data to Study Group Members Monya Noelke and Nancy Kirkner. 

 Canada Goose 



Pied-billed Grebe 

Double-crested Cormorant 

Great Blue Heron 

Bald Eagle 


Glaucous-winged Gull (incl. hybrids) 

Anna’s Hummingbird 

Belted Kingfisher 

Steller’s Jay 

American Crow 

Barn Swallow 

Tree Swallow 

Black-capped Chickadee 


Bewick’s Wren 

American Robin 

European Starling 

Golden-crowned Kinglet 

Dark-eyed Junco 

Spotted Towhee 

Red-winged Blackbird 

Orange-crowned Warbler 

Yellow-rumpled Warbler 

Wilson’s Warbler 



American Goldfinch 

House Finch 

House Sparrow 

White-crown Sparrow 

Song Sparrow 

Wood Duck 

Common Yellow Throat 

Northern Flicker 

Greater Yellowlegs




Edmonds Marsh

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Bring binoculars. Bring your smartphone or tablet with the Merlin App and have the Pacific Bird Pack loaded. 

If you don't have binoculars, email the trip leader to see if they might be able to bring an extra pair.

You might also consider sunscreen, hydration, snacks and something to carry it all in. 

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