Yes, that’s John Wayne, as in the movie star. He too loved Sequim Bay and bequeathed the land that has become the marina. Maybe the striking Common Loons, comical Black Oystercatchers, and impressive Bald Eagles that grace the bay influenced him. They certainly influence area birdwatchers, who rarely pass up a chance to take the short detour off of U.S. Highway 101 to check the bay. The highway skirts the bay, and if headed west, you can first take a look from Blyn, but you’ll get closer to the birds if you go to the marina.
Habitats: Cobble beach, mudflats, marine 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 and American Golden-Plover; Black Oystercatcher; Ruddy and Black Turnstones; Surfbird; Red Knot; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Common Tern; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled Murrelet; Rhinoceros Auklet; Tufted Puffin.
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