Many birds make the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge’s area at Leadbetter their winter home and many species migrate through in spring and fall, while others such as great blue herons and bald eagles can be seen at any time of year.

The mudflats are a stopping point for food and sustenance to enable shorebirds such as dowitchers, dunlin, and sandpipers to continue their flight south to their wintering grounds. Brant, Canada geese, American wigeon, bufflehead, loons and grebes can usually be seen in fall on Willapa Bay the most pristine estuary in North America. An important nesting species in this area of the wildlife refuge is the western snowy plover. It nests on the ocean beach side of Leadbetter Point. Because it is an endangered species its nesting area is protected during the breeding season.

Anytime is an excellent time to birdwatch at Leadbetter Point. Fall is nearly upon us. Go to Leadbetter Point to watch birds. You will not be disappointed.

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