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Dungeness Spit, Sequim, WA
January 2015

Dungeness Spit a sliver of sand, driftwood, and marsh jets out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It's a great place to find sandpipers, Bald Eagles, loons, Harlequin Ducks, and the occasional winter-visiting Snowy Owl. Though many birders traditionally scan the spit from the parking lot of the Three Crabs restaurant, there's much more to enjoy on the 5 mile hike out to the lighthouse. On our hike down the sandy and cobble beach of the spit, numerous Red-throated Loons and Harlequin Ducks would surface within 50 feet of us. Looking along the spit we could see a plethora of Bald Eagles perched on the driftwood, and the many Black Brant that floated over the bay.
The Dungeness Recreation Area was a great place to camp. Most of the campsites provide a decent amount of privacy as they are well tucked into the surrounding forest. A walking path separates the campsites from the strait so there aren't great views of the water from any of the campsites. This little park is a nice oasis in the increasing development.
Another perk of this park is its proximity to other great birding sites such as Ediz Hook in Port Angeles and the Dungeness River Audubon Center.


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Bird List
Brant 200
Canada Goose 1 heard
American Wigeon 50
Mallard 30
Northern Pintail 10
Green-winged Teal 10
Greater Scaup 60
Harlequin Duck 15
Surf Scoter 30
White-winged Scoter 1
Black Scoter 30
Long-tailed Duck 10
Bufflehead 30
Common Goldeneye 50
Barrow's Goldeneye 1
Red-breasted Merganser 30
California Quail 10
Red-throated Loon 5
Pacific Loon 1
Common Loon 5
Horned Grebe 25
Red-necked Grebe 10
Western Grebe 1
Brandt's Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 50
Pelagic Cormorant 10
Great Blue Heron 3
Northern Harrier 2
Bald Eagle 15
Black-bellied Plover 15
Sanderling 50
Dunlin 200
Common Murre 15
Pigeon Guillemot 10
Mew Gull 25
Glaucous-winged Gull 10
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 10
Anna's Hummingbird 3
Northern Flicker 1
American Crow 2
Common Raven 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 7
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 heard
Pacific Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
American Robin 2
Varied Thrush 4
Spotted Towhee 2
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Red Crossbill 2 heard
Pine Siskin 1 heard
Other critters
Black-tailed Deer many
Harbor Seal many
California Sea Lion 1
Long-tailed Weasel 1


Dungeness Recreation Area
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge


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