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Fall-Winter-Spring Birding on the Olympic Peninsula

Fall-Winter-Spring Birding on the Olympic Peninsula

How to enjoy birding on the Olympic Peninsula

It is a great time of year to get involved with birding. You can either make special trips to birdy places or just set up a feeder in your yard and have the birds come to you. It’s always nice to have binoculars and a field guide handy to help identify the birds you see.  From our own custom curated North-Eastern Jefferson County Waterfowl Watchers Trail to others, the north Olympic Peninsula is loaded with exceptional sites to see birds, listed in the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society’s website and the Admiralty Audubon Society’s website.

Why birding can be so exciting

Birds help connect us to the natural world, as the seasons change and birds come and go from our area. You remember the excitement of Easter egg hunts when you were a child?  Birding is like that. You get to know and love the common species you see every day, but every so often a flashy new bird ends up off course that’s normally found far away. Seeing a bird here that’s normally found in Asia or eastern North America makes us marvel at how these small creatures can survive these miraculous journeys. 

The wonders of nature beckon

Just the other day, someone said to me “The north Olympic Peninsula is so nice because it has all these wild places.” Perhaps the best thing about birds and birding is it gets us off the couch and outside, where we can enjoy the wild places and wonders of nature. 

Portions of this blog were written by guest-blogger Bob Boekelheide, former director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center and Bird Count Chair for Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society with additional photos and East Jefferson County Waterfowl Watchers Trail all thanks to Bill Roney, Chair of Jefferson County Tourism Council and manager of the Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitors Center.