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Damon Point — Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Southwest Washington
The snowy owls that hikers have photographed at Damon Point have tantalized me for the past year, and over the New Year's holiday I hiked out to see them twice. First at sunset on the 30th and then today with my owl-obsessed son as our First Hike of 2013. Much has been discussed in other Trip Reports, so I'll just chime in with my recommendations: DO dress very warmly. Hats, gloves, warmest coat. The spit between the mainland and Protection Island gets buffeted with strong gusty winds. My four year old was outside for about 5 minutes before she bailed and returned to the car. DO bring a tripod. Without it you will bring home many shaky owl photos. DO look carefully in the grassy area just north of the south beach (the area that opens to the ocean). We saw four atop driftwood logs today. DO keep your distance. Stay about 150 feet back, move slowly and don't linger too long. While snowies are not nocturnal, we don't want to stress them. DO bring binoculars so that you don't have to get too close to see how awesome they are. Enjoy!

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Nice pictures! It's good to see you able to get out to do some hiking! Your son looks very happy!

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"Bob and Barb" on Jan 01, 2013 11:04 PM

Great pictures!

We saw you and your son hiking on the 1st--we were with our 4 year old and 1 year old daughters. We had a great time but never did see any owls. We should have asked you for tips. :) Happy hiking!

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alexapolis on Jan 03, 2013 04:20 PM

Thanks!

I was so impressed that your kids were out there braving the wind and cold! I think you have some hikers in your family. If you haven't already, sign up for the Families Go Hiking newsletter at www.wta.org/hiking-info/children. Sorry you missed the owls. They were amazing.

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"Susan Elderkin" on Jan 04, 2013 10:23 AM

Thanks for the tip!

I signed up for the Families Go Hiking newsletter, Susan. Thanks for the idea!

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alexapolis on Jan 04, 2013 10:23 AM

Snowy Owls Ocean Shores

You can check in the Interpretive center and they can update you to the owls status. We hiked out on the 4th and the owls were at the very end of the point.You must hike past the old parking lot and cut through the brush to reach the point. Its quite a ways but it did not rain on us until we were almost all the way back to the car. I agree dress warmly and you can peel. It was not wet so we did not need rubber boots. Have Fun!!!

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new boots on Jan 09, 2013 12:01 PM

Snowy Owls Ocean Shores

You can check in the Interpretive center and they can update you to the owls status. We hiked out on the 4th and the owls were at the very end of the point.You must hike past the old parking lot and cut through the brush to reach the point. Its quite a ways but it did not rain on us until we were almost all the way back to the car. I agree dress warmly and you can peel. It was not wet so we did not need rubber boots. Have Fun!!!

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new boots on Jan 09, 2013 12:01 PM