Bird Watching

With over 475 different species, Washington State is one of the finest bird watching destinations in the U.S. The Methow Valley near Winthrop, home of Sun Mountain Lodge, is one of the best locations in Washington.

DaveRudholmThroughout the season, join our in-house Ornithologist Dave Rudholm for a trip to the Beaver Ponds or to the Methow River where you will look for eagles, a variety of ducks and an assortment of land birds.

From the age of 13 Dave has been  a dedicated birder. Dave has traveled the world (7 continents ) studying & watching birds.  He earned a B.A. in Zoology at Humboldt State University in California. As an Ornithologist, Dave spent 8 years studying birds in Arctic Alaska. In addition Dave spent 2 field seasons near central WA. State , in the Teanaway Valley, doing ornithological field work. A resident of the Methow Valley since 1982, Dave has become very familiar with the birds occurring locally.

The Beaver Pond at Sun Mountain Lodge is featured on the Audubon Society”s map, “The Great Washington State Birding Trail, Cascade Loop”. For more information or to order a copy of this map, click here .

According to The American Birding Association, Hal Opperman’s guide, this is “a prime birding spot with open water, marsh, riparian vegetation, and coniferous forest.”

Some of the local species include Barrow’s Goldeneye, Blue Grouse, Rufous Hummingbird,
Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker and Western Tanager.

Every Christmas, the Audubon Society sponsors a Bird Count in the Methow Valley.
It began in 1900, and is the longest continuously running biological census in the world.

Winthrop, Washington’s page has a lot of great information on birding in the Methow Valley.  Read about it here.

The Methow Naturalist is a great source for more birding information.

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