Birds of a feather will flock together this weekend, as the Audubon Society of Lincoln City offers a pair of excursions in search of everything from wintering waterfowl to peregrine falcons.
On Friday, Oct. 12, the group will set out on a walking and driving birding tour of Siletz Bay, starting at 9 am from the Taft Dock.
The trip will start with a walking tour of the north side of Siletz Bay from the dock to Schooner Creek and then the wetlands and forest edge surrounding Taft. Depending on weather and group size, the trip could extend to the south, taking in Cutler City and possibly the Salishan nature trail.
Siletz Bay regularly hosts thousands of wintering waterfowl and shorebirds including ducks, loons, grebes, raptors, shorebirds, gulls and herons. Winter residents are beginning to arrive and late fall migrants on the Pacific Flyway are still passing through. Winter storms can bring unusual birds in addition to creating unusually difficult viewing conditions.
The Taft Dock is located next to Mo’s Restaurant at 860 SW 51st Street. For more information or directions, call 541-992-9720.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the group will head south for a birding walk and drive from Boiler Bay to Devil’s Punch Bowl. The trip will start at Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint south of Lincoln Beach and end at Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area with stops in Depoe Bay and at Rocky Creek Scenic Viewpoint and Otter Crest Scenic Viewpoint. These viewpoints offer excellent offshore seabird watching opportunities including possible marbled and ancient murrelet, rhinoceros auklet, sooty shearwater and Western grebe. In Depoe Bay walkers might spot black turnstone and surfbird, while Devil’s Punchbowl might yield sightings of harlequin duck, surf scoter and peregrine falcon.
The group will meet at 9 am in the parking lot of Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint, one mile north of Depoe Bay on Highway 101. For more information or directions, call 541-992-9720.
Audubon Society of Lincoln City offers free birding field trips to birding sites throughout Lincoln and Tillamook Counties 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 list of upcoming field trip descriptions, go to http://lincolncityaudubon.org/calendar.html.
Meanwhile, Lincoln City is partnering with Audubon to sponsor a series of free, family-friendly bird walks in Lincoln City parks and natural areas. Mark your calendar for the next Lincoln City Birding Clinic, a bird walk on the Head-to-Bay boardwalk and Friends of Wildwood Trail on Saturday, Oct. 27.