Titlow Park

Tacoma, Washington

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Accessible urban birding doesn’t get much easier than from the paved walkways with views of the Tacoma Narrows at Titlow Park in Tacoma. The fifty-four-acre park is one of the most reliable places in the state to see nesting Purple Martin from April through September, and as the seasons pass, the site also features views of Bonaparte’s Gulls feeding in flocks on the narrows, close-up looks at Common Loons, large flocks of American Wigeon, and Western Grebes gathered on the swift waters between the park and Fox Island. Habitats: Parkland, lowland riparian, mixed forest, wetland, ponds, cobble beach. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic Cormorant; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Rhinoceros Auklet; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Purple Martin.

Titlow Park Professional Review and Guide

"Accessible urban birding doesn’t get much easier than from the paved walkways with views of the Tacoma Narrows at Titlow Park in Tacoma. The fifty-four-acre park is one of the most reliable places in the state to see nesting Purple Martin from April through September, and as the seasons pass, the site also features views of Bonaparte’s Gulls feeding in flocks on the narrows, close-up looks at Common Loons, large flocks of American Wigeon, and Western Grebes gathered on the swift waters between the park and Fox Island.

Habitats: Parkland, lowland riparian, mixed forest, wetland, ponds, cobble beach. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic Cormorant; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Rhinoceros Auklet; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Purple Martin."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Tacoma
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 20 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Metro Parks Tacoma
Driving Directions: Directions to Titlow Park

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May 2018