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Vashon Ferry Dock


One of the reasons the north end ferry dock produces so many records is the amount of time birders have spent there after just missing the ferry. 

From fall through mid-spring Common Loons, Horned and Red-necked Grebe, cormorants, scoters, goldeneye and Bufflehead swarm around the docks.  Mergansers, other loons and grebes and Rhinoceros Auklets may join them.  Occasionally, a Bald Eagle soars overhead and rarely, Harlequin Duck or Peregrine Falcon put in an appearance. 

In spring and summer, a Pacific-slope Flycatcher often calls from the woods on the way to the Park-n-Ride lot.  The lot makes a good spot to check year-round for wood-edge passerines with Swainson's Thrush, wrens, "chicklets" (chickadees and kinglets) and Bushtits usually showing up.  The dock in summer usually has a cloud of Barn and Violet-green Swallows.  In fall and winter, a large flock of starlings roosts under the pier and swoops in a big ball up, over and under the dock.
To find parking for viewing at the ferry dock, go to the near-by park-and-ride lot just uphill from the dock.  From exiting the ferry, go uphill to the right immediately at the end of the ferry dock.  Coming from Vashon Highway heading towards the dock, turn left at the top of the hill on 103rd and follow the signs to the park-and-ride.)\


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