Fir Island

Conway, Washington

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Fir Island is a land laced with water, where the North and South forks of the Skagit River rush to Skagit Bay to meet in marshy fields, along riparian areas, and in tideflats that are teeming with birdlife year-round. In the spring and fall, this is a great location for observing shorebirds and songbirds in migration, and in winter it hosts thousands of Snow Geese and lesser numbers of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans. Habitats: Mixed forest, riparian, freshwater wetland, agricultural fields. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Tundra and Trumpeter Swans; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Bandtailed Pigeon; Short-eared Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos.
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by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff (Falcon Guides)

Fir Island is a land laced with water, where the North and South forks of the Skagit River rush to Skagit Bay to meet in marshy fields, along riparian areas, and in tideflats that are teeming with birdlife year-round. In the spring and fall, this is a great location for observing shorebirds and songbirds in migration, and in winter it hosts thousands of Snow Geese and lesser numbers of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans. Habitats: Mixed forest, riparian, freshwater wetland, agricultural fields.

Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Tundra and Trumpeter Swans; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Bandtailed Pigeon; Short-eared Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Conway
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 20 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Driving Directions: Directions to Fir Island

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