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Washington State Birding

Washington state provides one of the best destinations in the country for bird watching a both a stopping point for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds as well as home to nearly 350 species. Of these, more than 220 can be sighted around the coasts, straits, inlets, and islands of Washington waterfront destinations.

Some of these species nest in and migrate through Washington in greater numbers than anywhere else in North America. The bald eagle, for example, is more concentrated around the northwest coasts of Washington than anywhere else in the contiguous United States.

Some of the birds of Washington state are rare and even endangered, including species of albatross, spotted owls, and others. Washington waterfronts in winter become home to large populations of snow geese, tundra swans, raptors, and seabirds. In summer, those same coasts and beaches see sandpipers, wandering tattlers, and many other bird species.

One of the best ways for birders to discover Washington birds is through birding tours (guided or self-led) along the Great Washington State Birding Trail, which includes loops around Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula and the Cascade Mountains. More information on the Birding Trail is available from the Seattle Audubon Society.

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Blue Sky Outfitters


9674 50th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA, 98136

Blue Sky Outfitters, whose home base is Seattle, is a full service tour and excursion company with over 29 years in…

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Bottle Beach


33 Ocosta 3rd St., Aberdeen, WA, 98520

Bottle Beach State Park is a 75-acre day-use park with 6,000-feet of shoreline on Grays Harbor. The open tide flats…

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Damon Point

Ocean Shores, WA, 98569

Sand spit, shore pines and saltwater harbor spring shorebirds, nesting plovers, abundant raptors. Offshore…

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Duckabush Estuary

Brinnon, WA

Hood Canal is the deepest, cleanest part of Puget Sound; estuaries here are highly productive habitats for fish and…

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Dungeness Bay

Sequim, WA

Year-round avian extravaganza! Plentiful plovers, Dunlins, Sanderlings, turnstones, godwits, Whimbrels. Huge flocks…

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Ediz Hook

Port Angeles, WA

Located in Port Angeles, the Ediz Hook is a long sandbar which forms a sheltered bay for Harlequin Ducks, Loons, and…

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Edmonds Marsh

Kingston, WA

The Edmonds Marsh is a bird bonanza: 200+ species have been seen here! Shorebirds migrate through spring and fall,…

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Elwha River Estuary

Port Angeles, WA

THE place for roosting Thayer's Gulls. And more gulls: Herring, Western, California, Ring-billed, Glaucous-winged,…

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