• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

Birds of Puget Sound

The waters, shorelines, and estuaries of Puget Sound affect nearly 170 species of birds. Some of the most easily and widely seen are just a sample of the entire list. Many birds use the Sound for nesting, feeding, and resting. Areas important for these activities continue to be altered and/or polluted in and the Sound.


Shorebirds: Black Oystercatchers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Black-bellied Plovers, Great Blue Heron, belted Kingfisher

Sea birds: Cormorants, Grebes, Loons

Waterfowl: Mallard, Canada Goose, Snow Goose, Bufflehead, Harlequin Duck, Brant, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter

Raptors: Bald eagle, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier

Gulls and Terns: Herring Gull, California Gull, Glaucous Gull, Common Tern, Arctic Tern

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