Gray’s Harbor, WA

I’ve recently made two trips to Grays Harbor in Washington, once to scout and the other to lead my shorebird class. This estuary is a major staging area for migrating shorebirds in spring.


Marbled Godwit, Dunlin, and Short-billed Dowitcher feeding at Damon Point, near the mouth of the harbor


Short-billed Dowitchers


Don’t neglect to look at all the little brown ducks! This is a King Eider, a rare visitor from Alaska. It is distinguished from Common Eider by the slender bill and the scalloped markings on the sides.


Bowerman Basin is an inlet on the north shore of the harbor. It is the last area to fill during high tides, so shorebirds often congregate here. This is a view from the boardwalk.


Peregrine Falcons are attracted by the large numbers of shorebirds in the harbor.


This is a view of the boardwalk on a Thursday morning.


This is the boardwalk on a Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, birders outnumbered birds by about five to one on this afternoon.


Greater White-fronted Geese


Marsh Wrens are common along the marshy edges of Bowerman Basin.


The willow thickets and woods along the boardwalk attract migrants like this Golden-crowned Sparrow.

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