Bird Watching on Oregon's North Coast
Grab Your Camera And Binoculars, You're In Seaside Oregon !
The northern coast of Oregon stretches from the mouth of the Columbia River south to the Cascade Head, an area of broad tidal estuaries and rugged headlands with long stretches of sandy beach.
This section of coastline provides forty-three outstanding birding opportunities. Whether you are looking for Rufous Hummingbird and Blue Grouse amidst endemic wildflowers at Saddle Mountain, or Tufted Puffin nesting on Haystack Rock, you can find them here. Be sure to venture out to Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint to see a Peregrine Falcon aerie in late spring and summer. In Oceanside, get a close look at Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, the oldest refuge west of the Mississippi River and habitat for thousands of nesting Common Murre. Explore the Coast Range mountain streams at the Nehalem Fish Hatchery and Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground for bobbing American Dipper and canopy dwellers such as the Hermit Warbler and Golden-crowned Kinglet. Watch for eagles in the high tree lines as well. Many nest along the rivers from Seaside to Astoria. Local residents will be more than willing to point you in the right direction.