Birding Trips

Spotted Owl Trip (Sunday, 3 August)

Travel with owl researcher Eric Forsman to an old-growth forest in western Oregon to see Spotted Owls. Other common forest birds that you are likely to encounter are Steller’s Jay, Winter Wren, Hermit Warbler, Western Tanager, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Pygmy-Owl, and many more. Come prepared to hike on steep hillsides.

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Pelagic Trip (Sunday, 3 and Saturday, 9 August)

Your fantastic trip starts in Yaquina Bay with abundant waterbirds and chance for rocky-type shorebirds on the jetties. Then, on the large, 50-foot charter vessel, you move along shore briefly, viewing Marbled Murrelets, Pigeon Guillemots, and other nearshore specialties, including Gray Whales. Soon we’re heading offshore over 30 miles, while your pelagic guides point out birds flying by or sitting on the water ahead. When we reach Perpetua Bank we’ll chum albatrosses and other birds right up to the boat for you to observe and photograph! No species can be guaranteed: Expected species: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed & Sooty shearwaters, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Pomarine Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, and Rhinoceros Auklet. August specialties: Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, Arctic Tern. August rarities: Xantus’s Murrelet. For more information and trip preparation materials visit http://thebirdguide.com/pelagics/

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East Sand Island Trip (Sunday, 3 August)

Visit this island at the mouth of the Columbia River that has been designated an Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. East Sand Island is the site of the largest Caspian Tern breeding colony in the world, the largest Double-crested Cormorant colony in the world, one of the largest colonies of Glaucous-winged /Western Gulls on the west coast of the U.S., and the largest post-breeding roost site for the endangered California Brown Pelican. The island also supports smaller breeding colonies of Brandt’s Cormorants and Ring-billed Gulls. The island’s abundance of waterbirds attracts raptors like Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles, while adjacent Baker Bay is prime waterfowl and shorebird habitat. The trip starts at the small fishing village of Chinook, Washington, with a short, 15-minute boat ride to the island. You will spend several hours exploring East Sand Island on foot and by boat, guided by biologists who conduct research on the island’s avifauna. Come prepared to get your feet wet.

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Sticking Around After the Meeting? (Saturday, 16 August)

There will be another pelagic field trip offered Saturday August 16th as part of the Animal Communication meeting being held at Oregon State University  (12-15 August): http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/animalcommunication2008/fieldtrip.html