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Published on February 6, 2018 12:16PM

Belted kingfisher • Photo by Ernie Rose

Belted kingfisher • Photo by Ernie Rose

Siletz Bay will be the site of the latest birding field trip from the Audubon Society of Lincoln City this Saturday, Feb. 10.

The trip, offered in partnership with Lincoln City’s Parks & Recreation Department and Visitor & Convention Bureau, will start at 9 am from Taft Dock, just next to Mo’s Restaurant on SW 51st Street.

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

Siletz Bay regularly hosts thousands of wintering waterfowl and shorebirds including ducks, loons, grebes, raptors, shorebirds, gulls and herons. Great egrets and great blue herons, common goldeneye, red-breasted merganser and surf scoter are usually seen with the possibility of an Eurasian wigeon. Bald eagles, who nest nearby, always put on a show and winter storms can bring in some unusual visitors.

The group will carpool from Taft, making stops overlooking Siletz Bay in Cutler City and Siletz Keys. In Cutler City, walkers will also get to check the Cutler City Open Space for winter resident birds. Time permitting and depending on conditions, the group could end the trip with a walk on the south side of Siletz Bay along the Salishan Nature Trail.

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. 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 list of upcoming field trip descriptions, go to http://lincolncityaudubon.org/calendar.html, and mark your calendar for the Saturday, March 10, bird walk to Nestucca National Wildlife Refuge.

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