San Juan Island, WA
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The San Juan Islands are both a beautiful place to visit and to bird. I’ve birded several of the islands: San Juan Island (the main island), Orcas, and Lopez. On San Juan Island, I’ve camped at the San Juan Island County Park. In March, the campground was absolutely deserted. I was the only one there. I woke up one morning to the loud calls of Black Oystercatchers. It was quite a delightful alarm clock! A couple of other good places to look for birds on San Juan Island are the British and American Camps, Lime Kiln Park (also good for orca watching), and Cattle Point. A lot of the “public” beaches are cut off by private property and inaccessible, but there are good parks that offer views into the Strait of Juan de Fucca.
On Orcas Island, Moran State park has good camping and is a good place to hike and look for forest birds. We’ve gone up to Mount Constitution, unfortunately it was cloudy and there wasn’t much of a view.
Lopez Island also has camping at Spencer Spit State park located on the inner passage between islands and not much of a view into open waters.
All of the islands have a domestic rabbit explosion, which is unfortunate. I’ve seen fox on San Juan Island, but I think the prey far out number the predators.
Great Blue Heron
Violet Green Swallow
Yellow-rumped Warbler - "Audubon's"
Steller's Sea Lion
Moran State Park
Spencer Spit State Park