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Dockton


Dockton Park provides a good place to view waterfowl in Quartermaster Harbor from the Maury Island side. 

The area around the boat launch offers one of the most reliable places for finding Northern Pintail.  Scoters, mergansers, goldeneye, Bufflehead and Mallards are common. 

The dock often has a collection of Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls to sort through for gull rarities.  Farther out, huge rafts of Western Grebes swim by in winter.  Raptors such as Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcon and Merlin should be watched for as well.  The park possesses a public restroom.

Dock Street takes one through a residential neighborhood with a few more views of the harbor.  A small pond on Stuckey Avenue may produce a few ducks or a Great Blue Heron.  Birds attracted to feeding stations may be noted along the street.  Hake Road, a little south of the town, provides a few more water views.

Dockton Park is 3.6 miles from the stop sign at the entrance to Maury Island where Dockton Road meets Quartermaster Drive.  When you climb the hill above the park into the village, the arterial turns east, and Dock Street continues as a small lane straight ahead to the south.

From Birds of Vashon Island by Ed Swan, Vashon birding guide 206-463-7976