Oregon Coast Bird Watching

Oregon Coast Bird Watching

A collection of the most reliable places to find winged wonders.
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Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens State Park Campground, Peter Iredale Road, Hammond, OR, USA

In Warrenton, this large park has different sites to explore. Whether hiking at the jetty or the beach, look for Snowy Plover, Brown Pelican, Caspian Tern, Olive-sided Flycatch, and more.

Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach, OR, USA

This Cannon Beach hotspot is home to many species of shorebird. During the summer, look for Tufted Puffin, Western Gull, Pelagic Cormorant, Harlequin Duck, and Brown Pelican.

Mill Ponds
Mill Ponds

1385 Avenue U, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

On the south end of Seaside, this area is teeming with migratory birds year-round. Orange-crowned Warbler, Harlequin Duck, Warbling Vireo, and Wood Duck can be found here.

Neawanna Creek
Neawanna Creek

1315 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

In Seaside, this tidal-influenced freshwater creek feeds into the Estuary and is home to the Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Red Winged Blackbird, and Goldeneye.

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    Necanicum Estuary Park
    Necanicum Estuary Park

    Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    Located in Seaside, this is one of the best sites to find migratory shorebirds. Look for Western Sandpiper, Whimbrel, and Long-Billed Curlew between April and September.

    Saddle Mountain
    Saddle Mountain

    Saddle Mountain, Oregon, USA

    This challenging hike may reward you with sightings of Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Hermit Warbler, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Blue Grouse, and Varied Thrush.

    Tips: Sea Stacks & Drones

    Sea stacks are life supporting habitats for seabirds and marine mammals, that are protected under the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Sea stacks are closed for public use to protect marine wildlife at all times, year-round. They’re also closed to ensure safety for human visitors.

    Flying drones are disruptive to wildlife and visitors, and they are illegal. Drones can substantially impact wildlife mating, nesting and other behaviors. 

    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act forbids harming or possessing any migratory birds and their eggs, nests, and feathers. Oregon Coast visitors can bring binoculars to observe sea stacks and any marine animal and seabird action up-close.