Welcome to Park Preview!

A guide to Seattle area parks for the non-robust, lazy birders, and photographers.

Read the About page to learn about the purpose and focus of this blog.

Blog Key

Type of Park

Local = A park primarily used by people living or working in the surrounding area.
Trip = A park unique enough to warrant going a bit out of your way.
Destination = A very large park, often with a wide variety of attractions/activities. People come from all over the Seattle area to visit it.

Other Terms

Preview = A post about a specific location with full details and photos.
Tangent = A post usually related to parks, birds, or photography in some way, but not a preview.
On the Road = A post about a location outside of Seattle and its immediate suburbs.
Combo Outing = A section in some previews with suggestions of other nearby locations to visit on the same trip.

Finding Info

To find the type of park you’re looking for use the Categories section. For a list of all parks previewed so far use the Preview category. To find a park by name use the Search function. The Links section provides links to maps, city park pages, and a few blogs of interest.

All content, including all photographs, of the Park Preview Blog is copyrighted by the blog owner, except where otherwise noted. Do not use Park Preview content without permission.



After not leaving the house for three months this winter, I’ve been making the most of several of the sunny days we’ve had more recently, starting the second week in February. I’ve visited twelve different new parks and viewpoints! (Plus I’ve been to some of my regular parks in between.)

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American Wigeon at Matthews Beach

Matthews Beach is one of the best spots in Seattle to observe American wigeons. They hang out here in large flocks this time of year, grazing on the lawn and dabbling for water plants. On this trip I even saw a male Eurasian wigeon mixed in, but didn’t get a clear photo of him. (The Eurasians are uncommon visitors all the way from Siberia.)