The North Olympic Peninsula offers exceptional bird watching year round. Our mild winter supports
large numbers of ocean birds, including waterfowl. Spring and fall are migration times and offer
great diversity in species. Summer residents are numerous and varied due to the diversity of
habitat - from rain forest to tidelands.
1. Gardiner Beach, east of Diamond Point
The bay hosts a series of pelagic (ocean) birds such as loons, grebes, mergansers, scooters,
old squaws, cormorants and golden eyes, depending on the season. Shore birds are abundant
at low tide.
Just south of the beach is a brackish pond that leads to a rise of land forested with fir
and alder. The pond offers a variety of waterfowl while the trees provide roosting and
perching areas for the Bald eagle, Great blue heron and the Bleted kingfisher.
2. John Wayne Marina and Sequim Bay State Park
A variety of shore and sea birds and winter waterfowl can be seen. North of the
Marina is Washington Harbor. Its extensive mud flats should not be overlooked.
Jameston Beach is noted for its shorebirds (during migration) and winter waterfowl.,
including Black Brant. Also keep an eye open for eagles and Peregrine falcons.
3. Dungeness Bay, at Three Crabs Restaurant
Look for cormorants, osprey and eagles on the pilings. On the beach at low
tide are sanderlings, turnstones and plowers.
4. East of the Three Crabs Restaurant
In winter, a series of ponds offer shelter for pintail, Green winged teal, Blue-winged
teal, American wigeon, and usually a few Eurasian Wigeon. Eagles and an assortment
of hawks such as Northern harrier, Redtailed and Cooper's hawk, and Peregrine falcon
appear throughout the year. Many smaller birds are seen in the area including the
Song, Doncoln's, White-crowned, Golden-crowed and Fox sparrows; Dark-eyed juncos;
House finches and American goldfinches; Red-winged and Brewer's blackbirds; and
5. Dungeness Recreation area is ideal with open, dry grass and shrubs
Look for Western meadowlands, Mourning doves and kestresl. The adjoining county
park sports populations a sparrows, towhees and a variety of passerines that inhabit
picnic and camping area.
6. Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, on the Dungeness Spit
Observe not only numbers of wintering ducks and geese, but also many less common oenes
such as Harlequin ducks, scoters, Oldsquaws, auklets, murres and guillemots.
7. Sequim's Railroad Bridge Park
On Hendrickson Road at the historic railroad trestle across the Dungeness River.
In this riparian habitat flickers, kinglets, and finches, wrend, bushits, nuthatches and
towhees and an occasional shrike can be found. Look in the river for American dipper.
8. Olympic National Forest
Service campground at the confluence of the Greywolf and Dungeness Rivers.
This forest location provides an opportunity to observe crossbills, dippers, warrbleers,
chichadees, nuthatches and thrusthes, to name a few.
9. Olympic National park, at Hurricane Ridge
Besides the above mentioned birds, one may see Ravens, Steller's and Gray jays, several of the
thrushes and other species. A visitor is will advised to stop by the Park Visitor Center
first and for a minimal price obtain a bird checklist, which is also available at Rainshadow
Books in Sequim.
10. Ediz Hook, in Port Angeles
The protected water and log storage area attract large numbers and species of shorebirds including
plowers, shimbrels, oyster catchers, turnstones and sanderling. These waters also provide on the
Peninsula's best areas for gull species. plings serve as a roost for cormorants. The oceanside waters
may yield auklets, puffin and in the winter, flocks of common murres.
11. Drive to Neah Bay from Port Angeles on Highways 101 and 112
Many birds not seen in other locations such as Black oysercatchers, phalaropes, terns, other
spcies of gulls and Marbled murrelets may be observed in the less disturbed areas.