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Bainbridge Island Villa Weekend
Two nights' stay at an HeirBnB in Bainbridge Island off Seattle, WA. Includes a birding excursion!
Prearranged weekends till June 30, 2021
Two-night stay in Bainbridge Island with birdwatching and delicious meals!
Stay with an environmentally oriented Indian family of four who are members of Heirs to Our Oceans Founding chapter. Stay includes:
- homemade vegetarian Indian dinner paired with wine or beer
- bird watching outing led by Heirs Abi and Arjun
Property has access convenient access to all local attractions including walks, beaches and Blodel Reserve. Property has convenient access to all local attractions including walks, beaches and Blodel Reserve. Visitors must car ferry into Bainbridge and drive to property. Dates must be confirmed with hosts Thangam and Yesh and once pandemic situation is comfortable for all. One hour from downtown Seattle via car Ferry, two hours from SeaTac. No pets. No smoking.
About the Birding!
Summer (Jun-Sep): Weather is the best in the year with daytime temps in the mid-70s and upper 50s at night with occasional rain showers/t-storms (clear skies lend to good birding). In terms of birds of prey, bald eagles and osprey are very common, and barred/great horned owls are frequent at night. We get abundant water birds including glaucous-winged gulls, pigeon guillemots, marbled murrelets, great blue herons, Caspian terns, and common murres. Other land birds include five species of woodpeckers and hummingbirds. In terms of songbirds, we get flycatchers, vireos, warblers, several swallow species including purple martins, chickadees, wrens, thrushes (Swainson's, robins), nuthatches, waxwings, and several sparrow species.
Fall (Sep-Nov): Weather starts off summerlike but gradually gets wetter and colder (low 50s at day, 40s at night) until November, the wettest month of the year. Migratory songbirds and shorebirds are frequent at this time of year, but by November, most songbirds leave the area except for a few, while wintering sparrows arrive from the north. Wintering waterfowl present starting November includes buffleheads, wigeons, and harlequin ducks with potential for trumpeter swans.
Winter (Nov-Mar): Weather is generally very overcast with daytime temps in the lower 40s and nighttime temps in the lower 30s, with frequent drizzly cold rain, making the apparent temperature significantly lower. Cold spells can bring snow and temperatures into the teens, but these are infrequent (where we are is a few degrees colder than SeaTac and downtown). Winter is also the worst season for land birding, as there are very few songbirds like the end of fall. Viewing conditions are also suboptimal, but this is the season with the most waterfowl on water bodies like Puget Sound.
Spring (Mar-Jun): Weather is the reverse of fall - gradually becoming warmer and drier, but still quite variable. Breeding and migratory songbirds arrive again starting April, while most waterfowl leave around the same time. Migratory shorebirds are present but not as easy to spot as in fall. Generally speaking, birding opportunities are similar to winter in March and April, but similar to summer in May and June.