Nature & Science

Birds of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Near Road Birding

You will find year-round birding opportunities in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. 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
Sanderling
Long-billed Curlew
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper

Siltcoos Area

Lagoon - 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
Osprey

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
Wrentit
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