This will be a trip to the parking area of Sauk Mountain, where we will do a "big sit," searching the skies for raptors, especially Golden Eagles. Other interesting birds such as Sooty and Ruffed Grouse and Northern Pygmy Owls are also possible.
Meet at the Bletsch residence at 9:00 am. The address is 8170 Healy Road. It is a
Sedro-Woolley address, but Healy Road is between Lyman and Hamilton, along SR 20, between mileposts 75 and 76. Turn south onto Healy Road from SR 20 and look for the old red barn.
To minimize the number of vehicles, we can carpool from Healy Road; there is room for quite
a few cars in the barnyard. Sauk Mountain Road is a steep, fairly rough gravel road that
twists and turns its way up Sauk Mountain, just west of Rockport. It is okay for regular
passenger cars; the trailhead parking area can sometimes fill up, but hopefully not on a weekday.
Scopes are useful for the ID of soaring raptors, although binoculars alone will be good enough
in most cases. Bring food and water; pack clothing for a variety of conditions, especially if
the forecast includes rain. This is not a hiking trip per se, but sturdy shoes are useful just the
same. Some may wish to bring a folding chair, although there is a picnic table at the site. There is
also an outhouse there. If people have FRS radios, that would be a welcome addition to the
equipage. Insect repellent might be a good thing to take on this trip. Leader: Gary Bletsch, firstname.lastname@example.org