Birding in Beautiful Sequim
Though there’s still a chill in the air, a quick look out the window tells you that spring is here. One of the best parts about living in Sequim are the many activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The mild weather here means outdoor activities are plentiful no matter the season. However, even on the Olympic Peninsula, there is still something distinctly special about spring time. Though we certainly will see some rain at this time of year, the pull to get outside and enjoy the reawakening of mother nature is undeniable. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy quiet activities like birding and hiking through meadows of colorful wildflowers, and Sequim is an incredible place in which to enjoy these activities. Once you visit us for a day, you’ll want to stay for a lifetime.
With a tremendous variety of bird habitats, Sequim is truly a birders paradise. Just in Sequim alone, there are several wonderful locations from which you can enjoy a spectacular day of birding, not to mention the greater Olympic Peninsula that is within easy reach for a day trip. Bird watchers frequently spot soaring bald eagles, Peregrine falcons, black brant, buffleheads, waterfowl, songbirds, owls, and so much more. One of the top places for birding on the Olympic Peninsula is, of course, the Dungeness Spit & National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you’ll find that the protected habitat provides shelter and is an important stopover point for migrating birds. Avid bird enthusiasts have enjoyed the over 250 unique species of birds that call this habitat home. Another popular place for bird enthusiasts is Railroad Bridge Park, which is where the Dungeness River Audobon Center is located. Not only is the habitat along the river great for bird watching, but the Center holds a variety of programs throughout the year for birding enthusiasts, including Wednesday morning bird walks, Birdfest in April, and the Christmas bird count event.
In mid-April, Sequim will host the annual Olympic Peninsula Birdfest. This fun spring festival is a great way to see many of the birds of the Olympic Peninsula, and the timing is perfectly planned so that you can see both the remaining wintering birds and the start of the spring migration. Field trips during this festival are planned to areas like Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek, Neah Bay, and a boat trip to Protection Island. In addition to this, a variety of events, including guided walks through the woods to find songbirds and evening walks in search of owls, are planned for the weekend. At the Saturday banquet, guest speaker Tony Angell will be give a speech titled “Revealing the Secret Life of Owls”.
Even if you’ve never been birding before, it’s hard not to fall in love with watching these majestic animals in their beautiful natural habitats. Experience the joy of daily living in Sequim, then contact our friendly real estate agents today so they can help you find the life you’ve been dreaming of in Sequim.