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Day Hike - Semiahmoo Spit & Birch Bay

Photo / birding walks at Semiahmoo Spit, Birch Bay and Drayton Harbor. Expect to see bald eagles and other raptors, waterfowl, scoters, grebes, harlequin ducks, common loons, black oystercatchers and more at this major bird viewing area.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft

Updated 1/19:

6:30am - Meet at Green Lake Park & Ride, North lot  (6601 8th Ave NE) for carpooling from Seattle. 

8:30-8:45am - Meet at Birch Bay State Park (Day use area)

Park address:  5105 Helweg Road, Blaine WA

Updated 1/19:

Join a day photo / birding trip at this major wintering and migration area for aquatic birds.  It;s one of the top winter bird sites in NW Washington and Semiahmoo Spit is an Important Birding Area.

We'll stop first at Birch Bay State Park for birding/photography from the day use area, then proceed north along Birch Bay for extended visit at  Semiahmoo County Park/Semiahmoo Spit, then  viewing stops along Drayton Harbor enroute east and north to final stop for viewing birds at Blaine Marine Marine Park.

Photograph and view birds at close to more distant ranges in mudflats, shallow marine and open waters.   Look for single and small groups near shore, and large groups of waterfowl and seabirds at mid- to distant ranges. 

Birch Bay State Park brochure & map:

Consider combining with February 2 photo/birding trip to Reifel (Ladner, BC), overnighting at Birch Bay State Park or Blaine area motel.

The next annual "Wings Over Water Birding Festival"  in Blaine/Semiahmoo area is scheduled for March 20-22, 2020.  See link for more info:

NOTE:  Trip will be canceled and rescheduled if adverse weather forecast.




Semiahmoo Spit & Birch Bay

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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