Nature & Science

Birds of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

There are year-round birding opportunities in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The marshes, tidal flats, beaches and lagoons provide habitat for a variety of species.

Bird Checklist

Oregon Coat Birding Trail

Here are a few suggestions on where you can find particular species of birds.

South Jetty Area: Marsh habitat, tidal flats and the beach environments provide a diversity of bird viewing opportunities.

Tundra Swan
Marsh Wren
Canada Goose
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk
Long-billed Curlew
Least Sandpiper

Siltcoos Area: An old oxbow of the Siltcoos River offers great birding. Hike the Waxmyrtle trail that follows the Siltcoos River, providing views of a rich estuary.

Great Blue Heron
American Bittern
Green Heron
Virginia Rail
Cinnamon Teal
Common Yellowthroat
Common Merganser
Belted Kingfisher
Snowy Plover
Bald Eagle

Eel Creek Area: Shore pine forest and thickets of dense brush are great habitat for small songbirds and woodpeckers.

Pine Siskin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Swainson's Thrush
Northern Flickers
Red Crossbill
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Anna's Hummingbird

Horsfall Area: Take a hike along Bulebill Lake, or check the tidal flats adjacent to Hwy 101. Birding varies with the tide.

White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Violet-green Swallow
Downy Woodpecker
Orange Crowned warblers
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Great Horned Owl
Great Egret