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Benton County Oregon

Authors/Editors:  Joel Geier, Hendrik Herlyn, Marcia Cutler, Chuck Gates, Linda Fink, Thomas Snetsinger
County Seat: Corvallis
County Size: 679 square miles
High Elevation : Mary's Peak (4097 ft)
Rarities : Baikal Teal, Tricolored Heron, Broad-winged Hawk, Mountain Plover, Northern Wheatear, Blue Grosbeak
Top County Lister : Hendrik Herlyn (268)
Year List Record : W. Douglas Robinson (240)
County Contact Person:  Email   Joel Geier
Checklists   Full checklists contain all birds seen in the county.  The brief checklists have all rarities removed and have a larger font to make them easier to use in the field.  To help us better understand bird distribution in the state, report any bird not on the checklists.  Of special interest are birds marked with  (C) or  (S)  on the full checklist.  You can contact the person listed above or report your sightings to birdnotes.net.

 

 

Benton County Oregon

Authors/Editors:  Joel Geier, Hendrik Herlyn, Marcia Cutler, Chuck Gates, Linda Fink, Thomas Snetsinger
County Seat: Corvallis
County Size: 679 square miles
High Elevation : Mary's Peak (4097 ft)
Rarities : Baikal Teal, Tricolored Heron, Broad-winged Hawk, Mountain Plover, Northern Wheatear, Blue Grosbeak
Top County Lister : Hendrik Herlyn (268)
Year List Record : W. Douglas Robinson (240)
County Contact Person:  Email   Joel Geier
Checklists   Full checklists contain all birds seen in the county.  The brief checklists have all rarities removed and have a larger font to make them easier to use in the field.  To help us better understand bird distribution in the state, report any bird not on the checklists.  Of special interest are birds marked with  (C) or  (S)  on the full checklist.  You can contact the person listed above or report your sightings to birdnotes.net.

 

 

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DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 D-10   geographic coordinates 44 41’ 57” N   123 12’ 01” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-11.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-7   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 D-9    geographic coordinates 44 41’ 58” N   123 13’ 15” W
Location: From downtown Corvallis, take Hwy 99W for about 10 miles to Coffin Butte/Camp Adair Road (this is right across from EE Wilson).  Turn left onto Coffin Butte and you will see the landfill.  Bird the wetlands and trees in the area. 
Habitat and Birds:Some of the birds seen in this area include Greater White-fronted Goose, 12 duck species, California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Egret, Green Heron, Osprey, Rough-legged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, both yellowlegs, Baird's Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, 8 species of gull, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, and both goldfinches.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 D-7   geographic coordinates 44 40’ 32” N   123 27’ 47” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-6.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-7   geographic coordinates 44 39’ 14” N   123 25’ 42” W
eBird Hotspot Checklist for Beazell Memorial Forest (more eBird data is needed for this site)
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-5.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-9   geographic coordinates 44 38’ 11” N   123 17’ 45” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.   Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L13.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-9   geographic coordinates 44 39’ 18” N   123 13’ 46” W
eBird Hotspot Checklist for Peavy Arboretum (more eBird data is needed for this site)
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L12.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-8   geographic coordinates 44 36’ 11” N   123 19’ 57” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:  After Hwy 34 crosses the Willamette River, take Harrison St. all the way west through town.  As you emerge from Corvallis proper, the road will become Oak Creek Drive.  Continue on this road for another 5 miles as it winds into the McDonald State Forest.  Make stops as you like and look and listen for forest birds.  Birds you might find here include Mountain Quail, Accipiters, Band-tailed Pigeon, Northern Pygmy Owl, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Gray Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, both kinglets, Western Bluebird, Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Fox Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, and Evening Grosbeak.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 52 D-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-6    geographic coordinates 44 34’ 18” N   123 31’ 52” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L4.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-8   geographic coordinates 44 34’ 09” N   123 22’ 17” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.   Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-2.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-8   geographic coordinates 44 34’ 35” N   123 19’ 34” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.   Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-3.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-8   geographic coordinates 44 34’ 05” N   123 18’ 51” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Coming west from I-5, If coming east from the coast on Hwys 20/34 it's a north(left) turn onto SW 53rd Street.  Go about a mile to the fairgrounds. If traveling west from I-5 the bridge into Corvallis turns into Harrison Street which continues west without any tricks to 53rd, a left turn again. The oak grove to the east of the fairgrounds (east of 53rd) is on OSU property and had Acorn Woodpeckers as well in the past. For someone in Corvallis without unlimited access to auto transportation, an excellent bicycle path connects 35th St (the western edge of OSU) with the fairgrounds. If you have the time and no bicycle it's a fine walk through undeveloped landscape. Coming into Corvallis on 99W from the north take Walnut Blvd west for several miles. It eventually bends south and forms a crossroads with 53rd and Harrison. The main draw here is a reliable flock of ACORN WOODPECKERS that have been very reliable for many years. The oak grove is on the north side of the fairgrounds, north of the main arena and there's plenty of parking between the arena and the oak grove. You can usually get the woodpeckers right near this parking area. The west end of the oak grove is a public campground for RVer's called Benton Oaks and the turn-off to this campground is probably the best one to use.  They can also be seen at the oak grove across 53rd and occasionally on telephone poles at the intersection of 53rd and Harrison, also flying across over to the oaks north of Harrison.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-9   geographic coordinates 44 36’ 14” N   123 14’ 23” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-14.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-7   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33  E-9  geographic coordinates 44 35’ 14” N   123 14’ 39” W
Location:   In Corvallis, take 2nd Street (right next to the Willamette River) north and east.  As it begins to leave town, it will become Hwy 20.  Look for HP on your left.  Turn into the main entrance and take the first right.  This will take you all the way to the back parking lot.  Park in this lot.  The pond is in the NW corner of the complex. 
Habitat and Birds:   This is a large pond with some vegetation around it.  Look for county rarities like Horned Grebe, Canvasback, Hooded Merganser, Thayer's Gull, and Palm Warbler along with the more common Osprey, American Coots, and ducks.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-9    geographic coordinates 44 34’ 36” N   123 15’ 16” W
Location: These directions are from Bill Tice's book "A Birders Guide to the Sewage Ponds of Oregon" (no longer in print).  From the Junction of Rt 34 and 99W in the Center of Corvalis, go north on Rt 99W. In .5 miles turn Rt just as you are going up on the overpass. After turning right on this unmarked road, bear left immediately at the fork. Then go right at the T, and the ponds will be on the left.   You can view the ponds from the road and access inside is not allowed.
Habitat and Birds: Lots of waterfowl here and Harris's Sparrow has been found in the area.  Look for shorebirds, gulls, swallows, and quite a few passerines.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-9   geographic coordinates 44 33’ 04” N   123 15’ 08” W
 Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-2
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-9   geographic coordinates 44 32’ 32” N   123 17’ 01” W
eBird Hotspot Checklist for Mary's River NA (more eBird data is needed for this site)
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-1.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-8    geographic coordinates 44˚ 31’ 02” N   123˚ 20’ 15” W
Location:  In order to gain access to these ponds, you will need to check in at the Philomath Public Works Building. From Hwy 34 in central Philomath, go south on 15th Street for 0.3 miles. Turn left on Willow Lane and round the corner to the Public Works building.  Check in at the office for permission.  To find the ponds from the Public Works Building, turn left (south) onto 15th St and travel 0.25 miles to a "T".  At the "T", turn left onto Chapel. Stay on Chapel for 1.5 miles to a T at Bellfountain.  Turn right (south) onto Bellfountain.  Go south on Bellfountain for about 1 mile, crossing the Marys River in an S-curve, then heading south again. At this point the dikes of the ponds can be seen across the field to the right (west). Turn right off Bellfountain at a gate (often open) just before a row of tall trees intersects Bellfountain and follow those tall trees to the inner gate.  (Thanks to Bill Tice and Jamie Simmons for these directions)
Habitat and Birds: Check the trees along the entrance road.  Some good birds occasionally show up there.  A partial list of birds seen at this site includes Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye, Surf Scoter, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Greater Yellowlegs, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Bonaparte's Gull, Heerman's Gull, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, and Evening Grosbeak.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-8   geographic coordinates 44 30’ 21” N   123 20’ 15” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-10.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 52 C-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-6   geographic coordinates 44 30’ 16” N   123 33’ 11” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-9.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 A-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 A-8   geographic coordinates 44 27’ 22” N   123 19’ 22” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-3.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 A-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 A-9   geographic coordinates 44 25’ 43” N   123 16’ 41” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.   Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-4.
William Finley NWR (Bruce Rd. Access)return to the top
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 A-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 B-8   geographic coordinates 44 23’ 22” N   123 18’ 18” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-5. 
Clemens County Park return to the top       
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 46 A-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 A-6   geographic coordinates 44 24’ 33” N   123 34’ 03” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-8.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 46 B-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 B-6   geographic coordinates 44 19’ 44” N   123 29’ 59” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-6.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 46 B-3  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 B-5   geographic coordinates 44 20’ 32” N   123 41’ 10” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-7.
 

 

Birding Locations

 
 

 
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 D-10   geographic coordinates 44 41’ 57” N   123 12’ 01” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-11.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-7   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 D-9    geographic coordinates 44 41’ 58” N   123 13’ 15” W
Location: From downtown Corvallis, take Hwy 99W for about 10 miles to Coffin Butte/Camp Adair Road (this is right across from EE Wilson).  Turn left onto Coffin Butte and you will see the landfill.  Bird the wetlands and trees in the area. 
Habitat and Birds:Some of the birds seen in this area include Greater White-fronted Goose, 12 duck species, California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Egret, Green Heron, Osprey, Rough-legged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, both yellowlegs, Baird's Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, 8 species of gull, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, and both goldfinches.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 D-7   geographic coordinates 44 40’ 32” N   123 27’ 47” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-6.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-7   geographic coordinates 44 39’ 14” N   123 25’ 42” W
eBird Hotspot Checklist for Beazell Memorial Forest (more eBird data is needed for this site)
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-5.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-9   geographic coordinates 44 38’ 11” N   123 17’ 45” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.   Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L13.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 C-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-9   geographic coordinates 44 39’ 18” N   123 13’ 46” W
eBird Hotspot Checklist for Peavy Arboretum (more eBird data is needed for this site)
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L12.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-8   geographic coordinates 44 36’ 11” N   123 19’ 57” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:  After Hwy 34 crosses the Willamette River, take Harrison St. all the way west through town.  As you emerge from Corvallis proper, the road will become Oak Creek Drive.  Continue on this road for another 5 miles as it winds into the McDonald State Forest.  Make stops as you like and look and listen for forest birds.  Birds you might find here include Mountain Quail, Accipiters, Band-tailed Pigeon, Northern Pygmy Owl, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Gray Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, both kinglets, Western Bluebird, Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Fox Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, and Evening Grosbeak.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 52 D-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-6    geographic coordinates 44 34’ 18” N   123 31’ 52” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L4.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-8   geographic coordinates 44 34’ 09” N   123 22’ 17” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.   Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-2.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-8   geographic coordinates 44 34’ 35” N   123 19’ 34” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.   Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-3.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-8   geographic coordinates 44 34’ 05” N   123 18’ 51” W
Location, Habitat and Birds: Coming west from I-5, If coming east from the coast on Hwys 20/34 it's a north(left) turn onto SW 53rd Street.  Go about a mile to the fairgrounds. If traveling west from I-5 the bridge into Corvallis turns into Harrison Street which continues west without any tricks to 53rd, a left turn again. The oak grove to the east of the fairgrounds (east of 53rd) is on OSU property and had Acorn Woodpeckers as well in the past. For someone in Corvallis without unlimited access to auto transportation, an excellent bicycle path connects 35th St (the western edge of OSU) with the fairgrounds. If you have the time and no bicycle it's a fine walk through undeveloped landscape. Coming into Corvallis on 99W from the north take Walnut Blvd west for several miles. It eventually bends south and forms a crossroads with 53rd and Harrison. The main draw here is a reliable flock of ACORN WOODPECKERS that have been very reliable for many years. The oak grove is on the north side of the fairgrounds, north of the main arena and there's plenty of parking between the arena and the oak grove. You can usually get the woodpeckers right near this parking area. The west end of the oak grove is a public campground for RVer's called Benton Oaks and the turn-off to this campground is probably the best one to use.  They can also be seen at the oak grove across 53rd and occasionally on telephone poles at the intersection of 53rd and Harrison, also flying across over to the oaks north of Harrison.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-9   geographic coordinates 44 36’ 14” N   123 14’ 23” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Luckiamute Loop Guide.  Section L-14.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-7   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33  E-9  geographic coordinates 44 35’ 14” N   123 14’ 39” W
Location:   In Corvallis, take 2nd Street (right next to the Willamette River) north and east.  As it begins to leave town, it will become Hwy 20.  Look for HP on your left.  Turn into the main entrance and take the first right.  This will take you all the way to the back parking lot.  Park in this lot.  The pond is in the NW corner of the complex. 
Habitat and Birds:   This is a large pond with some vegetation around it.  Look for county rarities like Horned Grebe, Canvasback, Hooded Merganser, Thayer's Gull, and Palm Warbler along with the more common Osprey, American Coots, and ducks.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 E-9    geographic coordinates 44 34’ 36” N   123 15’ 16” W
Location: These directions are from Bill Tice's book "A Birders Guide to the Sewage Ponds of Oregon" (no longer in print).  From the Junction of Rt 34 and 99W in the Center of Corvalis, go north on Rt 99W. In .5 miles turn Rt just as you are going up on the overpass. After turning right on this unmarked road, bear left immediately at the fork. Then go right at the T, and the ponds will be on the left.   You can view the ponds from the road and access inside is not allowed.
Habitat and Birds: Lots of waterfowl here and Harris's Sparrow has been found in the area.  Look for shorebirds, gulls, swallows, and quite a few passerines.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-9   geographic coordinates 44 33’ 04” N   123 15’ 08” W
 Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-2
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-9   geographic coordinates 44 32’ 32” N   123 17’ 01” W
eBird Hotspot Checklist for Mary's River NA (more eBird data is needed for this site)
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-1.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-8    geographic coordinates 44˚ 31’ 02” N   123˚ 20’ 15” W
Location:  In order to gain access to these ponds, you will need to check in at the Philomath Public Works Building. From Hwy 34 in central Philomath, go south on 15th Street for 0.3 miles. Turn left on Willow Lane and round the corner to the Public Works building.  Check in at the office for permission.  To find the ponds from the Public Works Building, turn left (south) onto 15th St and travel 0.25 miles to a "T".  At the "T", turn left onto Chapel. Stay on Chapel for 1.5 miles to a T at Bellfountain.  Turn right (south) onto Bellfountain.  Go south on Bellfountain for about 1 mile, crossing the Marys River in an S-curve, then heading south again. At this point the dikes of the ponds can be seen across the field to the right (west). Turn right off Bellfountain at a gate (often open) just before a row of tall trees intersects Bellfountain and follow those tall trees to the inner gate.  (Thanks to Bill Tice and Jamie Simmons for these directions)
Habitat and Birds: Check the trees along the entrance road.  Some good birds occasionally show up there.  A partial list of birds seen at this site includes Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye, Surf Scoter, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Greater Yellowlegs, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Bonaparte's Gull, Heerman's Gull, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, and Evening Grosbeak.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 53 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-8   geographic coordinates 44 30’ 21” N   123 20’ 15” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-10.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 52 C-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 33 F-6   geographic coordinates 44 30’ 16” N   123 33’ 11” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-9.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 A-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 A-8   geographic coordinates 44 27’ 22” N   123 19’ 22” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-3.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 A-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 A-9   geographic coordinates 44 25’ 43” N   123 16’ 41” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.   Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-4.
William Finley NWR (Bruce Rd. Access)return to the top
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 A-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 B-8   geographic coordinates 44 23’ 22” N   123 18’ 18” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-5. 
Clemens County Park return to the top       
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 46 A-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 A-6   geographic coordinates 44 24’ 33” N   123 34’ 03” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-8.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 46 B-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 B-6   geographic coordinates 44 19’ 44” N   123 29’ 59” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-6.
DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 46 B-3  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 B-5   geographic coordinates 44 20’ 32” N   123 41’ 10” W
Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Alsea Falls Loop Guide.  Section A-7.