About this birding hotspot

McLane Creek is a wonderful birding and wildlife area just a few minutes from Olympia. The pond and nearby creek provide for great viewing of many types of ducks, grebes, Red-winged Blackbirds, and many different kinds of flycatchers.

McLane Creek is a great spot to watch spawning chum salmon in November and December.

For birds, be aware that this park is very busy and frequented by school groups and many families with children. It's often quite noisy and it can be difficult for photographers or someone stalking a specific bird.

Sightings reported over the last 30 days.

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 6


Gadwall

Mareca strepera

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 4


Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 6


Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 1


Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 2


Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 1


Downy Woodpecker

Dryobates pubescens

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 1


Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 2


Steller's Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 2


Pacific Wren

Troglodytes pacificus

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 1


Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 2


Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 7


American Robin

Turdus migratorius

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 6


Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 14


Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 2


Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

March 13, 2019 - 7:51 AM

Count: 2


Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

March 12, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Count: 2


Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

March 12, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Count: 7


Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

March 12, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Count: 1


Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

March 12, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Count: 4


Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

March 12, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Count: 1


Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

March 10, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Count: 1


Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus ruber

March 10, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Count: 1


Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

March 10, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Count: 2


Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

March 03, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Count: 1


Fox Sparrow

Passerella iliaca

March 03, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Count: 1


Anna's Hummingbird

Calypte anna

March 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Count: 2


Common Raven

Corvus corax

March 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Count: 1


Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Poecile rufescens

March 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Count: 3


Marsh Wren

Cistothorus palustris

March 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Count: 1


Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

February 25, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Count: 1


Hutton's Vireo

Vireo huttoni

February 23, 2019 - 9:05 AM

Count: 1


Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

February 23, 2019 - 9:05 AM

Count: 2


Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

February 21, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Count: 1


Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

February 21, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Count: 1


Downy/Hairy Woodpecker

Dryobates pubescens/villosus

February 21, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Count: 1