Birding hotspots to seek out in Washington and New Jersey

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Hotspots Near You: Edmonds Waterfront, Washington, Hotspot Near You No. 249.

Hotspots Near You: Edmonds Waterfront, Washington, by Bill Perry/Shutterstock.

In our January-February 2017 issue, we’re visiting two sites on opposite ends of the lower 48 states. Each is a good example of the value of marsh habitats near coastal areas.

The first is the Puget Sound waterfront (pictured above) and a neighboring marsh in Edmonds, Washington, north of Seattle. The waterfront attracts all sorts of ducks, seabirds, raptors, and waterbirds, and the marsh is an important stopover for shorebirds.

Our second site is a walkway along the Hudson River in Bayonne, New Jersey. While cruise ships and commercial vessels dock nearby and golfers on an adjacent course hope for birdies and eagles, real living birds make use of a marsh, mudflats, and other habitats. Recently, a King Rail has been the star attraction. — Matt Mendenhall, Senior Editor

Two birding hotspots:

See maps and get driving directions and tips for the hotspots featured in our January-February 2017 issue:

Edmonds Waterfront and Marsh Edmonds, Washington
Hotspot Near You No. 249

Bayonne Golf Club Bayonne, New Jersey
Hotspot Near You No. 250

We’ve published Hotspots Near You since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. We offer maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home.

Every hotspot description we’ve ever published — all 250 of them — are available on our website. You can search for them by state or province.

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