Ornithological Summary

Crocket Lake supports extraordinarily large numbers of shorebirds during autumn migration. The lake is a critically important migration staging area for 17 species of shorebirds, and for raptors such as Peregrine Falcon and Merlin that follow the migration south. The lake provides winter habitat for Bald Eagles and nine species of ducks. Whidbey Audubon Society has observed 213 species at the site. The largest concentration of Least Sandpipers ever recorded in Washington (5,000) occurred here in 1999. The lake also provides a rich foraging site for Great Blue Herons during the breeding season.

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