Life comes and goes with the tides in Padilla Bay. When the tide rises, the bay fills with waterfowl, Great Blue Heron, and Bald Eagles that sit in fir trees along the shores, keeping at eye out for a meal. When the tide falls, shorebirds flood onto the mudflats to feed on invertebrates in the mud and on the blades of the extensive eelgrass beds in the 8-mile-long by 3-mile-wide bay. Habitats: Saltwater marsh, freshwater marsh, sandy beach, mixed forest.
Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Brant; Greater Scaup; Harlequin Duck; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plover; Solitary and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled Murrelet; Rhinoceros Auklet; Band-tailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos.
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