Birch Bay State Park

Blaine, Washington

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Noted as one of the first U.S. stopovers for migrating fall waterfowl, the waters of Birch Bay can be brimming with ducks, geese, and loons. But there is more to 194-acre Birch Bay State Park than the 8,000 feet of saltwater shoreline. Wetlands and more than 14,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Terrell Creek combine with the mixed forest of the upper park and campgrounds to make this a great site for a wide variety of birds.

Birch Bay State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Noted as one of the first U.S. stopovers for migrating fall waterfowl, the waters of Birch Bay can be brimming with ducks, geese, and loons. But there is more to 194-acre Birch Bay State Park than the 8,000 feet of saltwater shoreline. Wetlands and more than 14,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Terrell Creek combine with the mixed forest of the upper park and campgrounds to make this a great site for a wide variety of birds."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Blaine
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Best Times: Year-round, but best in spring and fall for migrations; winter best for loons and Brant
Additional Use: Camping
Habitats: Sandy beach, mixed forest, freshwater marsh, wetland.
Specialty Birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Brant; Greater Scaup; Harlequin Duck; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plover; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, and Mew Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled Murrelet; Rhinoceros Auklet; Band-tailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo; Northwestern Crow.
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May 2018