Brady Loop Professional Review and Guide
"To the uneducated eye, the land circled by Brady Loop looks like yet another typical series of agricultural fields. To the bird-watcher, however, the area around Brady Loop is a big playground, especially during fall migration, winter, and early spring. This valley was once inundated with water as the glacial floods of the last ice age sped toward the Pacific Ocean. Since then, the rivers that bound the valley have repeatedly deposited silt as they cut across it. When farmers began settling the area, they turned riparian wetlands into agricultural fields edged with shrubby riparian habitat. During the winter months, the fields turn into a giant, seasonal wetland.
Hedgerows, shrubs, and riparian habitat edging the Chehalis River attract migrating songbirds. The birds, of course, attract bird-watchers. Habitats: Lowland riparian, wetlands, agricultural fields. Specialty birds: Tundra and Trumpeter Swans; Greater White-fronted Goose; White-tailed Kite; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Sandhill Crane; Black-bellied, American, and Pacific Golden-Plovers; Willet; Short-billed Dowitcher; Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hutton’s Vireo."