Manzanita offers the most reliable location on the island for Pacific Loons in late fall and winter.
Looking west across the channel, the loons appear from mid-channel to the opposite shore of Vashon Island. Red-throated Loons may sometimes be found close-in as well as the uncommon Black Scoter.
The nearby brush often hosts a sparrow flock that should be checked for rarities in winter. The driftwood area, if watched more regularly, has possibilities of birds not yet recorded at the location: pipits and Short-eared or Snowy Owls.
Manzanita is 6.6 miles from the stop sign at the entrance to Maury Island where Dockton Road meets Quartermaster Drive. Follow Dockton Road to Dockton where it turns into 99th and then on through the little village to the end of the road. Two small dirt/gravel pull-offs exist on either side of the end of the public road. The road continues on to private property at this point. Park and step across to the beach for viewing the harbor entrance.
From Birds of Vashon Island by Ed Swan, Vashon birding guide 206-463-7976