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Published on January 8, 2018 4:45PM

Harlequin Ducks • Photo by Jack Doyle

Harlequin Ducks • Photo by Jack Doyle

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City will be hoping to reap the rewards of winter storms this Saturday, Jan. 13, with a birding tour of Newport’s Yaquina Estuary.

The group will meet at 9 am in the parking lot of Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, walk the nature path and then drive to a south jetty overlook.

Yaquina Bay regularly hosts thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds, with winter storms sometimes bringing in some unusual visitors to add to the mix. Last January, the group saw harlequin and other diving ducks, loons, phalaropes, gulls and rocky shore shorebirds. Previous years sightings have included swans and geese in addition to winter residents along the nature trail.

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

For more information, call 541-994-9330.

For a list of upcoming field trips, go to http://lincolncityaudubon.org/calendar.html.

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