Subject: [Tweeters] Redwing; some driving suggestions Date: Dec 22 22:11:00 2004 From: Rob Saecker - rsaecker at thurston.com
for those coming to see the Redwing, a look at a map would suggest the most direct route is to take the Black Lake Blvd exit from 101, and go up Black Lake to 4th Ave. Unfortunately, this takes you right past some of the most popular "shopping opportunities" in the Oly area, and at this time of year, the congestion can be ferocious. Earlier in the morning can be ok, but long before noon traffic will be backed up onto the freeway. So, an alternate suggestion, assuming you're coming from I-5: continue on 101 past Black Lake, and take the Evergreen Parkway exit. Shortly after leaving 101, take the Mud Bay Rd. exit, and turn right at the stop. Mud Bay crosses Cooper Point Rd. and becomes Harrison, and then crosses Division. After Division you're in the Redwing neighborhood, so jog over a block to the south and start watching for the Robin flock, or, alternately, the birder flock.
After you're done enjoying the Redwing, you could backtrack on Mud Bay Rd. to where it crosses Mud Bay, and stop to sort through gulls and such. Or you could continue down the hill on 4th, and have a look at the ducks on Capitol Lake. And if you really want a "taste" of Olympia, take 5th Ave east through downtown, and just before you cross the train tracks, turn left into the parking lot and go fill your water jug with the spring water that comes out of the pipe there. (It's a private parking lot, but if you just get water and leave, no one will bother you). Whatever you decide to do, I hope you enjoy your visit to the (temporary) Capitol of North American Birding. :)
Oh, yeah; I saw the bird for about an hour this afternoon. Nice bird, good company. Highly recommended... -- Rob Saecker Olympia rsaecker at thurston.com