Fort Flagler State Park is one of those rare, northern Puget Sound birding locations that offers shorebird-watching along sandy beach habitat just a few feet from mixed-forest uplands that cater to songbirds and forest-loving raptors. The 784-acre park also features sandstone bluffs, open grassy habitat that can attract species such as Savannah Sparrows and Western Bluebirds, and shrubby thickets that appeal to a wide range of sparrows, wrens, and thrushes.
Habitats: Sandy beach, salt marsh, mixed forest, prairie, parkland. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Brant; Greater Scaup; Harlequin Duck; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plover; Black Turnstone; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Tern; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled Murrelet; Rhinoceros Auklet; Tufted Puffin; Band-tailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos; Northwestern Crow; Western Bluebird.
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