If you are looking to add variety to a birding trip in Grays Harbor country, a stop at the Johns River Wildlife Area offers a departure from shorebirds and salt water. The 1,500-acre wildlife area features a half-mile-long paved trail on the south side of Johns River, with a bird blind for views of migrating waterfowl and resident Roosevelt elk. But the paved trail is just the start of what you can do and find on the site. By taking some time to explore off the main path, you can wander red alder stands in search of sapsuckers and woodpeckers or walk along the top of a dike to find waterfowl and occasional shorebirds in the extensive mudflats that are exposed during low tide.
Habitats: Lowland riparian, freshwater marsh, saltwater marsh, sandy beach. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Great Egret; Greater White-fronted Goose; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Solitary, Baird’s, and Pectoral Sandpipers; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Herring, and Western Gulls; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Redbreasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo; Purple Martin; Western Bluebird.
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