One of the reasons there are so many species of birds along the
Washington coast is the great variety of habitat found in this
part of the state. Since a birdís selection of habitat is linked to its food
and nesting preferences, the more habitats there are in an area, the
larger the number of species of birds.
Along the coast, these habitats include: open
salt water, rocky shores, sandy shores, mudflats, salt marshes,
freshwater lakes and marshes, wet coniferous forests, broadleaf
forests, shrubby thickets, parks, gardens, and farmlands. *
* - These habitats are defined by Wahl and Paulson in
A Guide to Bird Finding in Washington.