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Published on September 18, 2018 1:09PM

Belted Kingfisher • Photo by Jack Doyle

Belted Kingfisher • Photo by Jack Doyle

If your mental image of birding field trips involves yomping through the back of beyond in rubber boots and an overflowing backpack, the Audubon Society of Lincoln City has something that might change your mind.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the group will be looking for birds in Hostetler Park and Devils Lake State Park, a stone’s throw from Highway 101 in Lincoln City.

This is an easy walk from the park on the north bank of the D River just east of Highway 101, over the Devils Lake State Park boardwalk and through the campground to the dock on Devils Lake. The group will be watching for year-round residents of these wetlands such as wrens, sparrows and woodpeckers. From the D River and the dock on Devils Lake, walkers can expect to see resident wading birds, water birds such as grebes and ducks as well as raptors.

No registration is required and beginning birders are welcome. Binoculars and guidebooks are provided for those who need them.

The two-hour walk starts at 9 am in the parking area adjacent to Hostetler Park. Turn east on NE 1st Street, at Comfort Inn gravel road and park in the lot adjacent to the D River.

For more information, call 541-992-9720.

This excursion is part of a series of birding tours led by Audubon field trip leaders in partnership with Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and Explore Lincoln City.

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

Mark your calendar for the next Lincoln City Bird Walk on Oct. 12 for birding around Siletz Bay, starting at the Taft Dock.

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