SITE 14

TEAL POINT

Directions: Go north on Highway 101 0.8 mile to Northcrest Drive, turn left, go 5.8 miles (Northcrest becomes Lake Earl Drive) to Lower Lake Road, turn left, go 2.5 miles to Kellogg Road, turn left, go 0.8 mile to Tell Boulevard, turn left, go 1.4 miles, cross under power line, go 0.2 mile, turn left to cross broad cement dip. Curve around on gravel road for approx 0.8 mile, turn right at 4-way crossing just before second cement dip. Go south 0.3 mile to edge of lake and park. Don't drive beyond end of gravel road.

Amenities:

hiking lodging food   gas important bird area

Site:
Lake Earl Wildlife Area
 
Description:
Many of the meandering roads of this never developed subdivision are overgrown with a variety of coastal trees and wetland vegetation, making them wonderful hotspots during migration. Common birds that are present during all seasons include Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay, Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Bewick’s Wren, Wrentit, Hutton’s Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, and Purple Finch. During the peak of shorebird migration in the fall, when the lagoon’s edge is exposed, Teal Point swarms with flocks of birds, especially Western Sandpiper and dowitchers; with regular visits from American and Pacific Golden-plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Common Snipe. In August of 2006, this particular site—with its rich muddy wetland edge—attracted thousands of migrating shorebirds. There are several Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Snow Bunting records. In summer months, the exposed sand islands provide a gathering and resting place for large flocks of gulls, pelicans, terns, and an occasional jaeger.
 
teal point map
 
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