Located between Westport and Aberdeen, Bottle Beach is one of the best mudflat beaches along Grays Harbor. Not a place to find great variety in species but a great place to find mudflat shorebirds.
Birds of the area
Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Long-billed Dowitcher, Red Knot, Western, Pectoral and Least Sandpiper, Willet, Whimbrel, and Dunlin, can all be seen along the shores in season. Out on the Harbor look for grebes, loons, ducks, and geese. Watch for Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, in the air and along the shore.
The best time to bird Bottle Beach is 3 hours before high tide until high tide.
From Aberdeen take Hwy 105 toward Westport. 2 1/2 miles after the John's River bridge the road ahead will turn sharply left. When you see the sharp left turn ahead slow down as much as you can, it's very hard to see the Bottle Beach pullout. Just before the turn, you will see Ocosta Third Street on your left. Just after Ocosta Third St. there is a small pullout with a road closed sign on the left. This is the "parking lot" for Bottle Beach State Park. Get out and walk the primitive trail a short way to the beach.