If there is a magnet that draws birders to Ocean Shores, then Damon Point State Park and the Oyhut Wildlife Area are the main attractions. Throughout the years the two areas have combined to serve as migrant traps, where rare and out-of-place species have stopped for a short time before continuing their migration. Even though the habitat on Damon Point has changed over the years, it remains a great site for birders to dig out interesting coastal birds. Habitats: Sandy beach, prairie, salt marsh.
Specialty birds: Common Loon; Brown Pelican; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied, Pacific Golden-, and Snowy Plovers; Willet; Wandering Tattler; Solitary Sandpiper; Long-billed Curlew; Marbled Godwit; Red Knot; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Rednecked Phalarope; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Tern; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled Murrelet; Rhinoceros Auklet; Short-eared Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Western Bluebird.
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