Penelope's New Itinerary

Cape Flattery Trail

As you near Neah Bay, look for tufted puffin nesting on the sea stacks from spring to early summer, and common murres perched on Tatoosh Island. Look in the water for bobbing sooty shearwaters. During the spring thousands of migrating hawks, including red-tail and sharp-shinned hawks, kettle over Cape Flattery before flying across the Strait to Vancouver Island. Occasionally, large flocks of 200 to 300 sandhill cranes entertain lucky observers with their graceful formations and mysterious trilling.

Location

Cape FlatteryNeah Bay, WA, 98357
United States
48° 21' 57.4344" N, 124° 36' 41.7744" W
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Bird Watching - Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway

Along the Northwest Coast of the Olympic Peninsula, bird watchers will find a medley of unique and interesting birds. Nesting and playing along the shores are many local and migratory species of birds, such as oystercatchers, phalaropes, marbled murrelets, and several unique species of gulls. 

A healthy population of bald eagles reside beside the coastal estuaries along Highway 112. The coves and inlets along the shoreline also provide essential habitat for shorebirds and roosting gulls.

Location

This field is required**WA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Bird Watching in the Quilcene, Brinnon and Hood Canal Area

Olympic Peninsula offers exceptional bird watching year round. Our mild winters support large numbers of ocean birds and waterfowl. The spring and fall migrations offer great diversity in species. Summer residents are numerous and varied due to a diversity in habitat including rainforests, meadows, and tidelands. The Dosewallips State Park’s wildlife viewing platform is located on the edge of a tidal marsh and provides a great place to view Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, gulls, waterfowl, Red-winged Blackbirds, wrens, and much more.

Location

Dosewallips State ParkBrinnon, WA, 98376
United States
47° 52' 44.8608" N, 122° 54' 9.6444" W
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Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse

At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Location

Dungeness Spit and LighthouseSequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 8' 24.4356" N, 123° 11' 41.874" W
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The Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail

A Magical Misty Tour
A delightful way to explore the Olympic Peninsula, the Waterfall Trail offers year-round adventure and dramatic beauty. From the cliffs of Cape Flattery, to the glacial fjord of the Hood Canal to the Enchanted Valley of the Quinault Rainforest, waterfalls of all sizes and shapes abound! Some are easy walks on fores trails, others reached via paved, wheel-chair accessible paths, still more are in the backcountry of Olympic National Park. Two falls can only be reached by boat.

Location

WaterfallsWA
United States
47° 57' 38.1168" N, 123° 32' 58.0632" W
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