The green spots on the Seattle Walking Trails map looked so small. But it was so close! We headed off to Orchard Street Ravine hoping to discover a new local birding spot – we had heard that black-headed grosbeaks nested there. We weren’t sure that this was the right place, but the location seemed right, so what the heck…
At the end of a dead end road, there was a parking lot and a trailhead:
On the trails, we found extensive work had been done clearing out invasives and replanting native species. There were beautiful trees and even little signs marking various vegetation:
This little place (1.4 acres) was just plain amazing, both in its natural beauty and in the obvious signs of loving care given to it by people living all around it. There was a melon planted on the edge of the parking lot, growing very happily. I wonder what it is?
Seattle has over 450 parks. I wonder how many other gems there are like this all around us?
We did not see nesting black-headed grosbeaks – but we will be back.