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Published on January 16, 2018 10:31AM

Last changed on January 16, 2018 10:32AM

American Coot • Photo by Peter L. Pearsall

American Coot • Photo by Peter L. Pearsall

Bird enthusiast Ram Papish will lead a Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip in Newport this Saturday, Jan. 20, aiming to spot birds spending their winter in the shelter of Yaquina Bay.

“Right now the bay is jam packed with ducks like surf scoter, American wigeon, green-winged teal and northern pintail along with a few less common birds like long-tailed duck, common goldeneye and canvasback,” Papish said. “A variety of loons and grebes are also seen wintering in the bay and a few American coots. Come see them before they migrate away to their spring nesting grounds.”

The trip, which is free and open to all, will run from 9 to 11 am, starting at the at the flagpole in the Hatfield Marine Science Center parking lot, 2030 Marine Science Drive.

For more information, call 541-961-1307.

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