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KVI Beach

This location supports a small salicornia salt marsh/estuary surrounding a pond. 

Consistent migrants include Semipalmated Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper and Pectoral Sandpiper, especially in the fall.  Black-bellied Plover, Marbled Godwit, Baird's and Semipalmated Sandpiper have each been recorded once or twice at this location. Mallards, wigeon and Green-winged Teal visit the pond. 

More shorebird species may be seen along the sandy beach:  Sanderling come every winter and shoreline rarities noted here include Wandering Tattler and Dunlin.  From the beach, loons, grebes, Brant, ducks and gulls may be spotted out in Tramp Harbor or in Puget Sound.  Raptors often fly over this area.  Bald Eagles swoop after ducks, Osprey dive for fish, and more rarely, a Merlin or Peregrine Falcon stoop for the shorebirds.

The sand grass and driftwood in this area may reveal Vashon rarities:  Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, American Pipit and Western Meadowlark have all been recorded here.  Savannah Sparrows are common in migration and clouds of Purple Martins, Barn Swallows and Violet-green Swallows fly overhead or roost on the radio tower.

The woods above the salt marsh host Olive-sided Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, nuthatches and kinglets.  Band-tailed Pigeons come down from the woods to drink from the pond.

To find KVI Beach, head east from the four-way stop at the intersection of Vashon Highway and 204th.  Pass the high school and continue down hill to the bottom where the road reaches Vashon's eastern shore.  Take a left turn to the north onto Chautauqua Beach Road SW and look immediately to the right to find a dirt parking strip further described in the Ellisport section.  Continue north-bound to a four-way stop and turn right, going down a short, steep hill.  Park at the bottom and walk out past the gate.

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