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Seabirds, with Audubon

Published on October 10, 2017 3:42PM

Western grebe • Photo by Ernie Rose

Western grebe • Photo by Ernie Rose

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City will be heading south to Boiler Bay and Devil’s Punch Bowl this Saturday, Oct. 14, for a birding walk in search of offshore seabirds.

These viewpoints offer excellent opportunities including possible marbled and ancient murrelet, rhinoceros auklet, sooty shearwater and Western grebe. In Depoe Bay, walkers will keep their eyes peeled for black turnstone and surfbird. Devil’s Punchbowl might offer a glimpse of harlequin duck, surf scoter and peregrine falcon.

No prior birding experience is required and binoculars and guidebooks will be provided.

The group will meet at 9 am in the parking lot of Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint south of Lincoln Beach and end at the parking lot of Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area with stops in Depoe Bay and at Rocky Creek Scenic Viewpoint and Otter Crest Scenic Viewpoint.

Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint is a is one mile north of Depoe Bay on Highway 101 and 8.5 miles south of Lincoln City. For more information or directions, call 541-992-9720.

Audubon Society of Lincoln City offers free birding field trips with experienced trip leaders on the second Saturday of most months during the year. Beginning birders are welcome. Binoculars and guidebooks are available for those who don’t have their own, and carpooling is usually an option.

For a full list of upcoming field trips, go to http://lincolncityaudubon.org/calendar.html, and mark your calendar for the group’s next birding field trip on Saturday, Nov. 11, for discussion with Audubon birding photographers on how to improve your birding photos and a birding walk in the Salmon River Estuary.

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