Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Sequim, Washington

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During migration, Dungeness Spit and the surrounding landscapes are paradise for bird-watchers. The crest of the Dungeness Spit divides a protected inner harbor from the open waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After crossing the strait, birds seek the spit for shelter and forage. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater White-fronted Goose; Brant; Greater Scaup; Harlequin Duck; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plover; American Golden-Plover; Black Oystercatcher; Solitary Sandpiper; Ruddy and Black Turnstones; Surfbird; Red Knot; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Red-necked and Red Phalaropes; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Tern; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled and Ancient Murrelets; Rhinoceros Auklet; Tufted Puffin; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared and Snowy Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Hutton’s Vireo; Northwestern Crow.

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"During migration, Dungeness Spit and the surrounding landscapes are paradise for bird-watchers. The crest of the Dungeness Spit divides a protected inner harbor from the open waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After crossing the strait, birds seek the spit for shelter and forage.

Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater White-fronted Goose; Brant; Greater Scaup; Harlequin Duck; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plover; American Golden-Plover; Black Oystercatcher; Solitary Sandpiper; Ruddy and Black Turnstones; Surfbird; Red Knot; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Red-necked and Red Phalaropes; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Tern; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled and Ancient Murrelets; Rhinoceros Auklet; Tufted Puffin; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared and Snowy Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Hutton’s Vireo; Northwestern Crow."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Sequim
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Best Times: Best fall through spring
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

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8/11/2010
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Beautiful, long hike along the beach. You might sight a seal if you're lucky. If you're feeling athletic, you can make it out to the lighthouse, but just know it's an 11-mile hike if you do so. Once you're finished on the beach, you should also climb up and walk the bluffs. Wonderful seascapes.



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