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Birding- Herons, Puffins, and More on the Olympic Peninsula

birdingThe Olympic Peninsula is home to a diverse bird population year round, drawing birders to search for songbirds, swans, eagles, egrets and more. Birding trails, activities, and events take place across the peninsula. With so many opportunities for birders, this is the first in a series of posts which will highlight different trails and destinations.

Many migratory birds make their winter and summer homes on the eastern end of the Olympic Peninsula. The region is particularly popular with water fowl. The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and Dungeness Spit  is considered an "important bird area" by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society. During spring and summer keep an eye out for Tufted Puffin, Arctic Tern, and Black Oystercatchers. In fall and winter Falcons, Snowy Owls, and a variety of ducks return to the spit. On the Migratory Waterfowl Watchers Trail in and around Port Townsend visitors can view Trumpeter Swans, Blue Heron, Osprey, Brant Geese, Harlequin Ducks, and Bald Eagles. The best time to tour this trail is between October and April. Continue reading