The Humboldt Bay region is one of the prime birding areas of the state. The Arcata Marsh Project is famous both for the excellent wildlife habitat that was created here, and for the variety of birds that can be seen. Each spring the city of Arcata sponsors a birding festival called Godwit Days. For more information, contact the city of Arcata.
Specialty birds: Resident—Pelagic Cormorant, Wood Duck, White-tailed Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Black Oystercatcher, Anna’s Hummingbird, Redbreasted Sapsucker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Wrentit. Summer—Brandt’s Cormorant, Cinnamon Teal, Osprey, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Tufted Puffin, Bandtailed Pigeon, Vaux’s Swift, Allen’s Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Violet-green Swallow. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Harlequin Duck; Hooded Merganser; Eurasian Wigeon; Pacific Golden-Plover; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls. Migrant—Pacific Loon, Rufous Hummingbird. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
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