Bird Watching

American Bald Eagle

The Olympic Peninsula offers exceptional bird watching year round. You can see just about any kind of bird here… Birds of prey featuring Osprey and the magnificent American Bald Eagle, a wide variety of shorebirds and waders, herons, songbirds and seagoing waterfowl of all types. Our mild winters support large numbers of ocean birds and waterfowl. The spring and fall migrations offer great diversity in species. Summer residents are numerous and varied due to a diversity in habitat including rainforests, meadows, the swift and cold currents of the Hood Canal, estuaries and tidelands.

Wildlife Viewing Areas:

  • Duckabush River
    This 124-acre waterfront wildlife area with. Beautiful water views.
  • Tarboo Bay
    Mature forest, riparian habitat, and saltwater Tarboo bay. No established parking area or facilities… Use the link for online mapping.
  • Dosewallips State Park
    Wildlife viewing platform is located on the edge of a tidal marsh.
Harlequin Ducks and Black Brant

Harlequin Ducks and Black Brant

For detailed information visit the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society website and stop by the Visitor’s Center in Quilcene for birding books and a Checklist of Birds of the North Olympic Peninsula.

local bird variety

Clockwise from left: Great Blue Heron, Nighthawk, Screech Owl, Tufted Puffin, Spotted Towhee, Varied Thrush

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