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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