Salt Pond Beach Park

21.90036 , -159.60730

United States Of America

On the south coast of Kaua'i, Salt Pond Beach Park has a beautiful beach with good snorkeling, a grassy area with a campground, and the namesake salt ponds, which are often mostly dry but can attract a variety of shorebirds and waterbirds when water is present. This is a great place to look for Black-necked Stilt (Hawaiian) as well as migrant shorebirds, especially Ruddy Turnstone and Wandering Tattler. This park borders the Port Allen Airport, where the grassy area along the runways can host shorebirds such as Pacific Golden-Plover and Ruddy Turnstone, as well as Hawaiian Duck, Short-eared Owl (Hawaiian) (Pueo), and introduced species such as Western Meadowlark and Chestnut Munia. Seabirds such as Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, and Wedge-tailed Shearwater can be seen from the beach here as well, although the nearby Port Allen Airport Seawatch location is much better for seawatching. Good plan to visit the ponds here to check for shorebirds and waterbirds before an evening seawatch by the Port Allen Airport.

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Coordinates were set by Adrian Burke : 21.9004/-159.6073 (2022-09-13 04:42:48 )

Site name was set by Adrian Burke as "Salt Pond Beach Park" (2022-09-13 04:42:48 )

Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 04:51:09
On the south coast of Kaua'i, Salt Pond Beach Park has a beautiful beach with good snorkeling, a grassy area with a campground, and the namesake salt ponds, which are often mostly dry but can attract a variety of shorebirds and waterbirds when water is present. This is a great place to look for Black-necked Stilt (Hawaiian) as well as migrant shorebirds, especially Ruddy Turnstone and Wandering Tattler. This park borders the Port Allen Airport, where the grassy area along the runways can host shorebirds such as Pacific Golden-Plover and Ruddy Turnstone, as well as Hawaiian Duck, Short-eared Owl (Hawaiian) (Pueo), and introduced species such as Western Meadowlark and Chestnut Munia. Seabirds such as Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, and Wedge-tailed Shearwater can be seen from the beach here as well, although the nearby Port Allen Airport Seawatch location is much better for seawatching. Good plan to visit the ponds here to check for shorebirds and waterbirds before an evening seawatch by the Port Allen Airport.
Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 04:47:57
On the south coast of Kaua'i, Salt Pond Beach Park has a beautiful beach with good snorkeling, a grassy area with a campground, and the namesake salt ponds, which are often mostly dry but can attract a variety of shorebirds and waterbirds when water is present. This is a great place to look for Black-necked Stilt (Hawaiian) as well as migrant shorebirds, especially Ruddy Turnstone and Wandering Tattler. This park borders the Port Allen Airport, where the grassy area can host shorebirds such as Pacific Golden-Plover and Ruddy Turnstone, as well as Short-eared Owl (Hawaiian) (Pueo), and introduced species such as Western Meadowlark and Chestnut Munia. Seabirds such as Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, and Wedge-tailed Shearwater can be seen from the beach here as well, although the nearby Port Allen Airport Seawatch location is much better for seawatching. Good plan to visit the ponds here to check for shorebirds and waterbirds before an evening seawatch by the Port Allen Airport.

List up to ca. 25 species that:
• have a limited distribution range and/or are rare on a global level
• are most sought-after by birdwatchers at this site
• and are relatively easy to see at this site (year-round or seasonally)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)
Hawaiian Duck (Anas wyvilliana)
Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
African Silverbill (Euodice cantans)
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla)
Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:58:58)

Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:58:44)

Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:58:33)

African Silverbill (Euodice cantans) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:58:19)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:57:46)

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:57:17)

Sanderling (Calidris alba) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:57:03)

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:56:33)

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:56:21)

Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:55:55)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:55:35)

Hawaiian Duck (Anas wyvilliana) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:53:54)

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 04:53:19)

Any time of day, but best to check early morning for shorebirds and waterbirds or just before doing an evening seawatch at the nearby Port Allen Airport Seawatch site. Native/endemic/resident waterbirds and a handful of migrant shorebirds can be seen year-round, but fall through spring is best for migrants. Be sure to check both salt pond areas if there's plenty of water, the eastern one viewable from the north-south concrete road that's blocked to automobiles by boulders.

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Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 04:50
Any time of day, but best to check early morning for shorebirds and waterbirds or just before doing an evening seawatch at the nearby Port Allen Airport Seawatch site. Native/endemic/resident waterbirds and a handful of migrant shorebirds can be seen year-round, but fall through spring is best for migrants. Be sure to check both salt pond areas if there's plenty of water, the eastern one viewable from the north-south concrete road that's blocked to automobiles by boulders.

Parking lot at the end of Kuiloko Rd and another at the end of Lokokai Rd. Closest bus stops are the Mariko Store (Route 200) and Hanapepe Armory (Route 100) on the Kaua'i Bus, about a 25 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from the park.

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Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 05:03
Parking lot at the end of Kuiloko Rd and another at the end of Lokokai Rd. Closest bus stops are the Mariko Store (Route 200) and Hanapepe Armory (Route 100) on the Kaua'i Bus, about a 25 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from the park.

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Hawaiian Monk Seals, Green Sea Turtles, snorkeling, swimming, salt ponds where locals collect salt

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Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 04:51
Hawaiian Monk Seals, Green Sea Turtles, snorkeling, swimming, salt ponds where locals collect salt

campground, picnic area, bathrooms, lifeguard

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Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 04:52
campground, picnic area, bathrooms, lifeguard

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