Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens

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To find this location take McLoughlin Blvd. (99E) south out of downtown. 2.2 miles south of the Ross Island Bridge, turn left (east) on SE Bybee Blvd. Shortly, the road turns north and becomes 28th Street. Just north of Woodstock Blvd, you will see the parking area for the garden.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Test Gardens Website

There is an entrance fee except on Mondays.  Hours are 10:00-3:30 except Wednesdays 1:00-3:30.



Habitat and Birds

This beautiful gem of a birding location is a favorite for locals. If you don’t see a single bird, it will be worth the trip especially in spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are flowering.  Some birds that are possible here include White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, 20 species of duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Green Heron, Blackcrowned Night-heron, Osprey, Sharp-shinned & Cooper’s Hawks, Merlin, Virginia Rail, shorebirds, 7 gull species, Caspian Tern, Band-tailed Pigeon, Barn Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, Vaux’s Swift, Anna’s Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay. swallows, chickadees, Bushtit, nuthatches, Brown Creeper, wrens, kinglets, 4 thrushes, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, 8 warbler species (including Hermit), 9 sparrows, blackbirds, and finches.