Today I made my first trip out to Eide Rd. in Stanwood since the reopening. It was quite a shock to see it at high tide. The dike trail runs about 1/2 mile south (the 3/4 mile official description is generous) to the area of the big tree just north of the old parking lot. At high tide, nearly all of the area from the old lot looking southwest, west and north was submerged with some small pieces of mud flats. You actually can see into the bay to the southwest. All of the former songbird habitat at the north end of the old road and the brushy habitat along the east side of the old road is gone.
The overall habitat now looks much more like the Hayton Reserve estuary, and probably will be good for ducks and shorebirds. In fact, I did count 26 Greater Yellowlegs and saw what probably were my first Ruddy Ducks at Eide. Some marsh habitat does remain on the east side of the river and now can be seen from the dike, but otherwise there seems to be little accessible habitat for our rodent-hunting raptors to remain happy. I did have distant scope views of red-tailed, rough-legged and bald eagle on the far periphery, but saw only two harriers anywhere near the dike. No owls.