The brush surrounding this cul-de-sac attracts a large variety of passerines throughout the year.
In winter Lincoln's, Song, Fox, White-crowned and Golden-crowned sparrows regularly inhabit the thickets. In spring and fall, Savannah Sparrows join the mix. Spring migration and the breeding season bring many warbler species.
An American Kestrel swept through in the winter of 2002 and Red-tailed Hawks and Merlin are present in season. Northern Rough-winged Swallows nest in the bluffs.
Kingsbury Road leading up to Raab's Lagoon is worth a walk in the spring. Remnant migrants from the days of more open areas on Vashon still pass through. Some of the rarities found in the last few years include MacGillivray's Warbler, House Wren and Lazuli Bunting.
Raab's Lagoon lies at the end of Kingsbury Road, accessed off of Dockton Road. From the stop sign at the intersection of Quartermaster Harbor and Dockton Road denoting the beginning of Maury Island, go 0.3 miles and take Kingsbury Road on the right, or south side of the road.
From Birds of Vashon Island by Ed Swan, Vashon birding guide 206-463-7976
Photo by Richard Rogers