Hurricane Ridge Professional Review and Guide
"Olympic Peninsula tourists visit Hurricane Ridge for its panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north. More than one million people visit the area each year, which means you’ll need to plan your bird-watching trip to avoid the masses. The majority of the tourists visit the park between June and August, which happens to be prime bird-watching season on the ridge. However, most people visit between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., which, fortunately for bird-watchers, coincides with the time that most birds take a midday break from foraging.
If you arrive early and stay late, you’ll see more birds with fewer noisy interruptions. We like to visit in September, when the weather is still pleasant, the tourists have left for the season, and migration is in full swing. Habitats: Subalpine meadow, fir stands. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Blue Grouse; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Gray Jay."