Damon Point and Oyhut Wildlife Area

Ocean Shores, Washington

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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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by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff (Falcon Guides)

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.

©  Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Ocean Shores
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 15 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Grays Harbor Audubon Society
Driving Directions: Directions to Damon Point and Oyhut Wildlife Area

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May 2018