Blackbird Island and Icicle Creek

Leavenworth, Washington

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Most people know Leavenworth for its Bavarian-themed lodging, shopping, and seasonal festivals. Fewer know of the gem that sits at the heart of the city on what once was a mill pond; Blackbird Island is small, but birders find it irresistible. Three miles of trail connect Riverfront Park, Blackbird Island, and Enchantment Park. Habitats: Riparian. Specialty birds: Harlequin Duck; Bald Eagle; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s, Black-backed, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-breasted and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Pygmy Nuthatch; Pine Grosbeak.

Blackbird Island and Icicle Creek Professional Review and Guide

"Most people know Leavenworth for its Bavarian-themed lodging, shopping, and seasonal festivals. Fewer know of the gem that sits at the heart of the city on what once was a mill pond; Blackbird Island is small, but birders find it irresistible. Three miles of trail connect Riverfront Park, Blackbird Island, and Enchantment Park.

Habitats: Riparian. Specialty birds: Harlequin Duck; Bald Eagle; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s, Black-backed, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-breasted and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Pygmy Nuthatch; Pine Grosbeak."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,180 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Blackbird Island and Icicle Creek

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