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Lisabeula Park & 220th Street

If you take 220th Street westward past Westside Highway and Wax Orchard Road and follow it to the end, one comes to Lisabeula lane leading down to a nice little park on Colvos Passage. The area makes a good beach picnic spot in summer and in winter may provide some close up views of water birds that usually keep farther out.

The little ponds and fields along the way past Wax Orchard Road add the opportunity for puddle ducks and a variety of upland birds.

Along the shoreline in the park, Colvos Passage flows swiftly by with the tides. Common Murre and Rhinoceros Auklet, usually seen farther out, sometimes forage closer in here. Grebes, mergansers, and goldeneye also float by. The cove to the south, private property but viewable from the park, often hosts a good-sized wigeon flock. This year the flock includes several Eurasian Wigeon and in the fall, a Northern Pintail.

Where 220th makes a hard left to the south to turn into the park, there's a short block with a number of holly trees and other shrubs that attract many birds. Robins and Cedar Waxwings eat the berries and woodpeckers, chickadees, wrens, kinglets and sparrows forage in the trees, brush and ground along the road.

Along 220th from Wax Orchard Road toward the park grow more roadside trees backed by fields. Raptors such as Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks hunt the fields and the surrounding yards. Larry Huggins heard a Barn Owl a number of times recently along here as well. In the hedges and turf bordering the road, a sparrow flock of Golden-crowned, Song and Fox Sparrows feeds. The flock provides one of the best opportunities to find a White-crowned Sparrow, a common breeder in summer but rare in winter on Vashon. A few small ponds along the road attract puddle ducks such as Mallards and wigeon but occasionally more interesting ducks such as Hooded Merganser as well and a Great Blue Heron or two. The fields when wet in spring entice Common Yellowthroat.

During a recent Christmas Bird Count, Larry Huggins led a group of birders in the Lisabeula area and found over 40 species.

From Birds of Vashon Island by Ed Swan, Vashon birding guide 206-463-7976