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Leque Island - Stanwood Levee Trail — Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Puget Sound and Islands

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Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Minor obstacles posing few problems


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free
Have a passion for landscape photography, wildlife photography and bird watching? Do you want a hike without elevation gain and mountain views? Then put this hike on your to-do list! You should know is that this property is part of the Skagit Wildlife Area, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and consists of wetlands and diked agricultural fields. While a favorite area for birders and bird photographers, its also popular with waterfowl hunters and upland game bird hunters. Hunting season goes from Sept. 1st- March 15. But I felt very safe walking the fields. I passed a hunter with his dog both in the morning and afternoon while passing 15-20 birders/photographers. I encourage you to go soon if you’re interested in seeing a Long Eared Owl, which is a rare bird sighting to Western Washington. This owl has been posted on Washington’s eBird Rare Bird Alerts almost daily for the past several weeks. Along with the Long Eared Owl that is mostly seen near the parking lot, you will likely get to watch Short Eared Owls and Harrier Hawks hunting the fields. It’s such a treat to get to observe active owls during the day. I should mention the Long Eared Owl sleeps tucked into the brush or branches during the day and usually begins hunting at sunset. As written in previous reports you will need or I believe benefit from waterproof boots. I wore rubber boots which allowed me to roam the soggy fields, giving me much more access to this area than the dike paths provide. You need A Discover Pass to access this area.


GREAT Picture!

GREAT picture of the Long-eared owl! Barb

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Bob and Barb on Jan 21, 2015 10:53 PM