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Dungeness Spit, Sequim, WA
February 2020


Synopsis
Dungeness Spit is a wonderful place for winter camping and hiking. Timing the tides is important especially in the winter when high tides make it uncomfortable/impossible to hike the beach. Even without being able to hike along the spit, there's great scoping of the Long-tailed Ducks, Pigeon Guillemots, Red-throated, Common, and Pacific Loons out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the campgrounds. The pairs of Bald Eagles were vocal and active along the crumbling cliffs over the strait. Tame black-tailed deer wandered the campground and the rough-skinned newts swam in the flooded wetlands. River otter dove along the surf while looking for a meal. Flocks of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Hutton's Vireo gleaned the willows. The couple of times we camped out on the Dungeness Spit Recreation Area it was surprisingly empty. Even though this park and refuge is so close to highly populated area, it's still wonderful place to get lost in the nature and beauty of the Puget Sound.

Just down the road from Dungeness Spit is the Robin Hill County Park - a surprisingly large pocket park with tall douglas fir, hemlock and cedars, grassy meadow and wetlands.

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Bird List
American Wigeon
Mallard
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Anna's Hummingbird
Pigeon Guillemot
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Barn Owl
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Peregrine Falcon
Hutton's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Pine Siskin
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Other critters:
Black-tailed Deer
River otter
Harbor seal
Coyote
Rough-skinned Newt
Pacific treefrog

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Information
Dungeness Recreation Area
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

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