Wildlife in Grays Harbor County
In the past year we have seen lots of animals in Grays Harbor County: deer, eagles, sandpipers and other
shorebirds, seals, ducks, seagulls, pelicans, great blue heron, butterflies, starfish, and anemones.
The North Beach (Copalis, Pacific Beach, Moclips)
There's always something interesting to see on the beach at Pacific Beach State Park: sand dollar shells,
sandpiper birds, seagulls, crabs, clam shells, seaweed, and driftwood. The sunsets are awesome.
Eagles live in the cliffs above the beach at Copalis and Pacific Beach. I've seen them twice - the last time at
the height of a storm, eating a dead seal that had washed up on the beach. At an extreme low tide you can
walk out and touch Copalis Rock. The bottom 10 feet of the rock are covered in big purple and orange
starfish, mussel shells, and anemones.
What Happens When a Biology PhD Student Goes Beachcombing?
"Hi Bob, Just a quick note to let you know that we had a delightful time staying at your place. On the first
afternoon we made a nice excursion to scout out the beach scene and then yesterday we ran and walked
along the beach to Moclips and back, finding a fossilized scallop right on the beach. What a find! Other
beach combing treasures include the radius of a large pinniped and two teeth of Phoca vitulina [Harbor
Seal] (identifiable by context and the diagnostic shape of the carnassials). Today, when we leave here, we'll
be surveying some local landscapes in search of fossilized invertebrates. What fun!"
Quinault Indian Nation
Guides are available on the Quinault Nation to fish for salmon on the Quinault River:
At the Quinault National Fish Hatchery on the Moclips Highway, you can see salmon hatchlings year round
and hatchery personnel will take you on a tour. They describe the processing of the fish and sightings of
bears attracted by the fish. From October to the spring, the adult salmon return to the hatchery. On
Wednesday mornings salmon carcasses are given out for free.
The Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge near Hoquiam with its mile long Sandpiper Trail boardwalk
gives access to the mudflats of Grays Harbor for birdwatching. In late April through early May, thousands of
shorebirds of 16 species feed on the mudflats. They are migrating from Mexico to Alaska.
Rent a comfortable, modern electric-powered boat from the Ocean Shores Electric Boat Company on the
south end of Ocean Shore's Grand Canal. The boats can be enclosed and heated against cold weather.
Explore the canals and Duck Lake, where saw blue heron and seagulls. Deer swim to the islands in the
middle of Duck Lake to give birth to their foals in safety.
Birds and seals can be seen at the southern end of Ocean Shores from the North Jetty or Damon Point
State Park. We saw the cutest baby seal at this park, lounging on a rock by the shore, waiting for its mother.
I haven't tried this yet, but this trip sounds very cool. Westport Seabirds will take you 35 miles out to sea due
west of the Grays Harbor mouth to see ocean-going seabirds: albatross, skuas, petrels, etc.
In March through May, Pacific Grey whales migrate towards the Arctic. The mothers and babies pass by in
May. You can catch a whalewatching boat out of Westport or they can pick you up in Ocean Shores.
Bob's Pacific Beach House: Highlights of the House
Spectacular high bluff ocean view. Less than half mile walk to wide, sandy beach. Beautiful three bedroom
house built in 2007. Located in Pacific Beach, Washington: 2 1/2 hours from Seattle, 3 hours from Portland,
25 minutes north of Ocean Shores. This is the prettiest section of the Washington coast with a windswept
forest on a high bluff, looking down on the beach. Awesome sunsets. Sorry, no pets.
The house features a large upper deck with wide ocean and sunset view, lower private deck with view,
three king beds and a queen sleeper sofa, three HDTVs with DVD players and cable programming,
wireless high speed Internet, stereo with four in-wall surround speakers and iPod dock, all new furnishings
in 2007, fully stocked kitchen with granite slab counters and stainless steel appliances, large master suite
with double- headed travertine tile shower, dark rich Brazilian cherry wood hardwood floors throughout the
house, art glass lighting, ceiling fans, propane fireplace, two car garage, laundry room, deck furniture,
charcoal grill with all supplies.
Bob's Pacific Beach House
Great Ocean View, Short Walk to Beach,
3 King Size Beds, House Built in 2007.
Located in Pacific Beach, WA
- just north of Ocean Shores.
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