From the farmlands to the shore, Skagit Valley is the home of hundreds of bird species. The best time for bird watching is during the fall and winter when the migrating swans and eagles visit the Valley.
Hawks, swans, geese, owls and more! The Samish Flats is 410 acres of agricultural wetlands between Samish Island Road and Padilla Bay. This is one of the few spots in Washington where you could see five different species of falcons all on the same day! Make it a day trip with lunch at one of the delicious eateries in Edison.
Directions: From Interstate 5, go west on Highway 20 to the Bayview-Edison Road. Turn right (north) and follow the Bayview-Edison Road through Bayview, past the state park and down onto the Samish Flats. Turn left onto Samish Island Road and proceed until the 90-degree turn to the north. The parking area is straight ahead at the corner. A Vehicle Use Permit is required. (directions from wdfw.wa.gov)
Warning: Birders should avoid walking in any hunting areas or fields until after January 27th.
Fidalgo Island - Sharpe Park
With so many habitats on Fidalgo Island, it's hard to pick just one place to explore! For this article, we've picked Sharpe Park. 110 acres of undeveloped waterfront with a nearly mile of rocky shores is home to eagles, falcons, juncos, sparrows, finches, hawks and harriers.
Directions: From Interstate 5, take Exit 230 and head west on Highway 20. At the first and second round about take the 2nd exit and stay on Highway 20. Turn right on Campbell Lake Rd. Continue on to Heart Lake Rd. Take a slight right to stay on Heart Lake Rd. Take a slight left on Rosario Rd. Turn left to stay on Rosario Rd. The park is on the left.
East Skagit County Enjoy a scenic drive up Hwy 20 to spot the eagles feeding on spawning salmon along the Skagit River.
For more bird watching opportunities, check out the East Skagit Drive and Deception Pass Drives.