Scenic Beach State Park

Silverdale, Washington

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Scenic Beach State Park is situated in a narrow fjord on Hood Canal, with 1,500 feet of beachfront and breathtaking views of the Olympic Peninsula and the rugged profile of the Olympic Mountain range to the west. The narrow channel provides a prime spot for viewing alcids such as Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and Marbled Murrelet, for which a scope may be needed for the best views. Flocks of waterfowl and gulls sometimes form large flotillas in the channel or off the tip of the park, while others, including mergansers, forage along the shore. Although you won’t always find shorebirds here, when the tide is out and a flock is migrating through, you might find a handful of Black Turnstone and Surfbird working over the cobbled beach. Habitats: Coniferous forest, cobble beach. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater Scaup; Harlequin Duck; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled Murrelet; Rhinoceros Auklet; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo.

Scenic Beach State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Scenic Beach State Park is situated in a narrow fjord on Hood Canal, with 1,500 feet of beachfront and breathtaking views of the Olympic Peninsula and the rugged profile of the Olympic Mountain range to the west. The narrow channel provides a prime spot for viewing alcids such as Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and Marbled Murrelet, for which a scope may be needed for the best views. Flocks of waterfowl and gulls sometimes form large flotillas in the channel or off the tip of the park, while others, including mergansers, forage along the shore. Although you won’t always find shorebirds here, when the tide is out and a flock is migrating through, you might find a handful of Black Turnstone and Surfbird working over the cobbled beach. Habitats: Coniferous forest, cobble beach.

Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater Scaup; Harlequin Duck; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled Murrelet; Rhinoceros Auklet; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Silverdale
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best fall through spring
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Scenic Beach State Park

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May 2018