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Lane County Oregon

Authors/Editors:  Rudi Rudolph, Tom Mickel, Dan Heyerly, Barbara Combs, Chuck Gates
County Seat: Eugene
County Size: 4,722 sq. miles
High Elevation : South Sister (10,358 ft)
Rarities : Falcated Duck, Baikal Teal, Streaked Shearwater, Horned Puffin, Wood Sandpiper, Eurasian Dotterel, Jack Snipe, Yellow Wagtail, Smith's Longspur, Rustic Bunting
Top County Lister : Paul Sherrill (353)
Year List Record : Dave Irons 2007 (289)
County Contact Person:  Email Dave Irons  

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.

 

 

Lane County Oregon

Authors/Editors:  Rudi Rudolph, Tom Mickel, Dan Heyerly, Barbara Combs, Chuck Gates
County Seat: Eugene
County Size: 4,722 sq. miles
High Elevation : South Sister (10,358 ft)
Rarities : Falcated Duck, Baikal Teal, Streaked Shearwater, Horned Puffin, Wood Sandpiper, Eurasian Dotterel, Jack Snipe, Yellow Wagtail, Smith's Longspur, Rustic Bunting
Top County Lister : Paul Sherrill (353)
Year List Record : Dave Irons 2007 (289)
County Contact Person:  Email Dave Irons  

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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Along with Douglas County, Lane is one of only two Oregon counties that come in contact with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Cascade mountain range on its eastern boundary. Lane County has three unique climate zones: the Willamette Valley, Coast, and Cascade mountains. The "Valley" has a moderate climate with cool winters and warm summers. High temperatures in the summer average in the 80's and the average low temperatures stay above freezing.  Valley rainfall is about 40 inches per year.  The Coast has the mildest temperatures, summers are in the high 60’s, winters in the low 40’s and rainfall is about 60 inches a year. The Cascades often receive more than 70 inches of snow per winter and mountain passes frequently sport packed snow and sometimes require chains.

For an in-depth treatment of Lane County birds, you may want to obtain a copy of "Birds of Lane County, Oregon", edited by Alan Contreras and published by Oregon State University Press.  It's available at many retail outlets including Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Birds-Lane-County-Oregon-Contreras/dp/0870711806).  This book provides seasonal abundance and comments on every bird known to exist in the county.  In addition to bird information, the text offers far more detail on the best birding locations in the county.  Dozens of maps and other graphics create a complete picture of the birding possibilities in Lane County.  It's an essential read for anyone visiting or living in the Eugene/Lane County area. 

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Along with Douglas County, Lane is one of only two Oregon counties that come in contact with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Cascade mountain range on its eastern boundary. Lane County has three unique climate zones: the Willamette Valley, Coast, and Cascade mountains. The "Valley" has a moderate climate with cool winters and warm summers. High temperatures in the summer average in the 80's and the average low temperatures stay above freezing.  Valley rainfall is about 40 inches per year.  The Coast has the mildest temperatures, summers are in the high 60’s, winters in the low 40’s and rainfall is about 60 inches a year. The Cascades often receive more than 70 inches of snow per winter and mountain passes frequently sport packed snow and sometimes require chains.

For an in-depth treatment of Lane County birds, you may want to obtain a copy of "Birds of Lane County, Oregon", edited by Alan Contreras and published by Oregon State University Press.  It's available at many retail outlets including Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Birds-Lane-County-Oregon-Contreras/dp/0870711806).  This book provides seasonal abundance and comments on every bird known to exist in the county.  In addition to bird information, the text offers far more detail on the best birding locations in the county.  Dozens of maps and other graphics create a complete picture of the birding possibilities in Lane County.  It's an essential read for anyone visiting or living in the Eugene/Lane County area. 

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Lane County Birding Locations

 

 

Strawberry Hill

Bob Creek

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Sea Lion Caves

Baker Beach Road

Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside

South Jetty Siuslaw River

Honeyman State Park

Woahink Lake

Siltcoose Estuary & Lagoon Trail

Siltcoos Lake

PAWN Trail

Kirk Park

Perkins Peninsula Park

Fern Ridge - Coyote Creek

Fern Ridge - Royal Avenue

Fern Ridge - Amazon Channel    

Fern Ridge - E. & W. Coyote Units

Eugene Airport Area

Meadowlark Prairie

Stewart Pond

Delta Ponds

Skinner Butte

Spencer Butte

Ridgeline Trail/Cascades Raptors

Eastgate Woodlands

Willamette Heights Overlook

Dorris Ranch

Lane Comm. College Ponds

Mt Pisgah Arboretum

Mt Pisgah Regional Park

Clearwater Park

Jasper Meadows

Walterville Reservoir

Elijah Bristow State Park

Dexter Reservoir

Fall Creek Reservoir

Wayfarer Resort

Delta Old Growth Trail

Cougar Reservoir

Horse Pasture Mountain

McKinzie Wild & Scenic Site

South Fork McKenzie River

Box Canyon/Skookum

Oakridge/Westfir Trails

Aufderheide Forest Drive

Oakridge

Hills Creek Wetland

Salt Creek Falls

Gold Lake

Waldo Lake

East Regional Park

Cottage Grove Lake (Lower)

Cottage Grove Lake (Upper)

Dorena Reservoir

Noonday Ridge

Sharps Creek Campground

Big River Road

Calapooya Divide

 

*IMPORTANT SUGGESTION: When birding the Oregon Coast, consider birding from north to south.  Entering and exiting the coast highways will be considerably safer with this strategy and will reduce the need to cross traffic when visiting coastal birding sites.

Willamette River Recreation Guide 

Strawberry Hill  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 C-1   geographic coordinates  44 15’ 14.5” N  124 06’ 14.9” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Strawberry Hill

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Travel about 4.5 miles south of Yachats and about a half mile south of Neptune State Park.  Coming from the south, this location is about 18 miles north of Florence.  This is on the northern border of Lane County on the coast.

Rocky area that juts out into the ocean attracts seals and sea lions as well as Black Oystercatcher and Black Turnstone.  A nice pullout for a sea watch.

Bob Creek  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 C-1   geographic coordinates  44 14’ 40” N  124 06’ 42” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Bob Creek

Location, Habitat and Birds:  The pullout is about 0.6 miles downhill and south from Strawberry Hill.  The parking area is in an open grassy area.   Offshore rocks attract "Rockpipers" as well as Harlequin Duck (both are possible in late fall, winter, early spring).   The creek-side habitat next to parking lot has attracted rare passerines.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Scenic Viewpoint  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 E-1   geographic coordinates 44 08’ 14” N   124 07’ 40” W at an elev. of 156’

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse website

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.   Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 90.  

Sea Lion Caves return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 E-1   geographic coordinates 44 07’ 18”N, 124 07’ 36”W at an elev. of 252’  One of the best places to bird is the large pull-off area just north of the caves administration building which is at 44 07’ 32”N, 124 07’ 32”W and elev. of 253’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Sea Lion Caves

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Oregon Sea Lion Caves website

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.   Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 91.   Birding the rocky areas from the headlands above the cave can be very productive.  The best place to find birds is from the large pulloff  area north of the Sea Lion Caves administration building.  The same birds that can be found from the caves can also be found from the pull-off by scanning the rocks and ocean with a scope. Check the rocks and surf for Rhinoceros Auklet, Brandt's Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, and Tufted Puffin.  If you have a scope, you might be able to find Marbled Murrelets a little farther out.  Since this location is high on a headland, a scope is handy for seeing almost all of the birds here.  Rhinoceros Auklet nests inside the caves and, when present, may be viewed by paying the entrance fee and descending into the caves.  Brandt’s Cormorant nests on the grassy slope below the pullout. A Common/King Eider was spotted here in December 2000. 

Baker Beach Road  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 D-2   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 E-1    geographic coordinates  44 05’ 19”N, 124 06’ 33”W.  

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Baker Beach Road

Location:  Travel 7.5 miles north of Florence and turn left (west) on Baker Beach Road.   

Habitat and Birds: Bird the small marsh about a quarter mile from the highway.   This is a reliable spot to find Marsh Wren at any season.   Continue on to the campground, less than a half mile further down the road at a dead end.   The campground area can be very birdy, and a hike through the dunes to the beach can yield some interesting birds, as well.   Near the top of the hill on the way to the campground, a hiking trail leads to Lily Lake, which can yield typical coast species that inhabit shrubs and open water.  Be aware that horseback riding is a popular activity on the road and on the beach, so use caution both when driving and walking near the horseback riders.

Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 D-2   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 F-1    geographic coordinates  The parking lot is at 44 02’ 47”N, 124 05’ 38”W at an elev. of 89”44 02’ 51” N.  

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State Parks website

Location:  Go 2.8 miles north of Florence on Hwy 101 and watch for the signs. 

Habitat and Birds: Well-kept trails take you through a terrific natural forest and expose you to a good sampling of coastal inland birds.  Birds that have been seen here in the past include Hairy Woodpecker, N. Pygmy-Owl, Hutton's Vireo, Steller's Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Bushtit, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, Varied Thrush, Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, and Black-throated Gray Warbler. 

South Jetty Siuslaw River return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 D-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 F-1   geographic coordinates  The parking lot at the base of the jetty is at 44 00’ 48”N, 124 08’ 00”W at an elev. of 3’

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for South Jetty Siuslaw River

Florence City Information

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 92.  To access this area, go south of Florence, cross the Siuslaw River, and turn right on South Jetty Road.  This road will go west for a while but just before it bends to the right, turn off at the dog pond and park.  Especially if no one else is in the area, this can be a good place to find interesting shorebirds, passerines, and raptors.  After the road turns north, pull into the 3rd parking lot on your left (the one with the restrooms).  The deflation plain to the east of here is a hotspot for fall shorebirds.  A dike across the deflation plain, just south of the parking lot, will provide you access to the portion of the deflation plain that’s most productive for shore-birding – the area of sand and very short vegetation next to the dunes along the east edge of the plain on the north side of the dike.  From the restrooms, walk back south a short distance along the South Jetty Road and find the dike trail.  The most productive area for shorebirds is usually to the north (a left turn at the sand dunes) in the deflation plain.  When the area is wet, watch out for quicksand.  In winter, this area may be too flooded for pedestrian use.  High tide during the spring and fall migration seasons is often the best time to look for shorebirds at this location.  This is a huge area where you can make a round trip of several miles before returning to the dike trail.  Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Ruff, both golden-plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, and Pectoral Sandpipers have all been found here.  Return to your car and stop frequently along the rest of the Jetty Road.  It ends at the jetty itself. There are areas near the crab dock that can be good for shorebirds at mid to low tides. The beach may also host shorebirds.  Scan the water carefully, as unusual species may be found floating on it or flying over it.  King Eider, Yellow-billed Loon, Horned Puffin, and Elegant Tern are a few species that have been spotted in this area.

Honeyman State Park and Cleawox Lake   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 A-4   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 45 A-6    geographic coordinates   The parking area just to the east of the bridge over the river is at 43 58’ 37”N, 124 04’ 37”W at an elev. of 27’

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Honeyman SP

Honeyman State Park website

Location:  Travel 2.5 miles south of Florence on Hwy 101 and watch for the signs. 

Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 95.  This coastal park has mixed conifer forests, riparian areas, and beach.  Birds that have been seen here in the past include Greater Scaup, Turkey Vulture, many species of gull, the dark coastal race of the Hairy Woodpecker, N. Pygmy-Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Steller's Jay, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Bushtit, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, Varied Thrush, Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, and Red Crossbill.  A Tropical Kingbird was here in 1995. 

Woahink Lake   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 A-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 45 A-6   geographic coordinates  The parking lot is at 43 55’ 36”N, 124 05’ 56”W at an elev. of 81’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Woahink Lake

Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 96.

Siltcoos River Estuary and Siltcoos Lagoon Trail  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 A-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 45 A-6   geographic coordinates  The parking lot for the trail is at 43 52’ 40”N, 124 08’ 44”W at an elev. of 23’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Siltcoos River Estuary

Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 98.  To access the Siltcoos River Estuary, turn west from Highway 101 onto the road leading to Siltcoos Beach.  Stop at Lodgepole Campground on the way to the beach to see what is there.  Red Crossbills are often in the area.  The habitat around the campground often contains a sizeable mixed flock of passerines.  Continue down the road to Lagoon Campground.  There is a trail that goes all the way around the campground.  It is accessible from a day use parking lot that is just past the entrance to the campground, on the right side of the road.  This trail is one of the best places in Lane County to find Wrentit.    At the beach parking lot at the end of the road, park and climb over the dune to the beach.  This is one of the best locations in the state to find Snowy Plovers which may be found here in any season.  There is a protected nesting area to the east of the beach, south of the parking lot area.  Gulls and shorebirds may often be found congregating along the river mouth.   There is another beach access trail from Waxmyrtle Campground, across the road from Lagoon Campground.  Park along the campground access road and find the beginning of the trail on the west side of the road.  It is a long hike to the beach, which reaches the ocean near the south side of the Siltcoos River mouth.   

Siltcoos Lake   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 A-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 45 A-6   geographic coordinates 43 52’ 17” N   124 05’ 39” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Siltcoos Lake

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 97.  The Central Coast birding "trail guide" only talks about the trails from this trail head, but there are many other places to bird the lake.  Explore this area and report what you find. 

PAWN Trail return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 D-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 E-2   geographic coordinates  44 04’ 42”N, 123 57’ 30”W at an elev. of 72’.

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Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 93.  Drive north from Highway 126 up the North Fork Siuslaw Road east of Florence.  On the way to the trail, stop at the boat landing after about 3 miles, at 43” 04’ 14   124” 04’ 17.  The boat landing area often yields a wide variety of species and serves as a pleasant rest stop.   The PAWN trail is somewhat steep in places.  It is for only the sure-footed.  Birding at the beginning of the trail and along the road in the area can be good, though.  

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Kirk Park return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates The year around parking lot is at 44 07’ 19”N, 123 17’ 59”W at an elev. of 344’. 

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

A terrific Google Map Guide has been produced by Priscilla Sokolowski.  You can view it at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjV9Zb6-jX9I.kN_QCnigfK28&usp=sharing

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Kirk Park

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-10.  A walk through the picnic area can be productive for passerines, especially during migration and in winter.  Gulls congregate at the dam’s outflow during non-breeding seasons.  At times, egrets use the trees northeast of the parking lot as a roosting site.  After major coastal storms, the view of the lake from the dam area across the road may yield sightings of such species as jaegers or storm-petrels blown inland by high winds. The park is gated off during the winter.  A Falcated Duck was found here in 2004.  Check the wigeon flocks for Eurasian Wigeon.

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Perkins Peninsula Park return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates  The parking area before the gate, right off Highway 126 is at 44 03’ 11”N, 123 17’ 29”W at an elev. of 379’. 

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

A terrific Google Map Guide has been produced by Priscilla Sokolowski.  You can view it at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjV9Zb6-jX9I.kN_QCnigfK28&usp=sharing

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Perkins Peninsula

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-9.  Perkins Peninsula Park provides good views of Fern Ridge Lake.  The park is closed to vehicles in the winter, so it can be a quiet place to walk and enjoy wintering passerines while checking for birds on the mudflats and channels along the lake.  There is a nature trail that starts at the northwest corner of the park.  Swamp Sparrow has been detected along this nature trail in appropriate wet and reedy habitat in winter in recent years.  Osprey and Purple Martins return to nest in the spring.  In summer, the park becomes crowded with picnickers and local people out for a family outing.

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Fisher Butte Unit return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 F-9   geographic coordinates The parking area along Highway 126 is at 44 03’ 10”N, 123 15’ 22”W at an elev of 383’.

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

A terrific Google Map Guide has been produced by Priscilla Sokolowski.  You can view it at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjV9Zb6-jX9I.kN_QCnigfK28&usp=sharing

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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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-8.  From Eugene go west on W. 11th Avenue and turn north into a parking lot approximately 0.25 mile west of the Fisher Road intersection.  In winter, species such as Swamp Sparrow and Clay-colored Sparrow have been found in the hedgerow along the road that extends north from the parking lot as well as along the base of Fisher Butte itself, approximately 0.25 mile north of the parking lot.  Wilson’s Snipe frequently uses this area, especially in the off limits wet meadow along the east side of the road on the walk north toward Fisher Butte.  Walking along the dikes in this area can be productive for shorebirds and waterfowl when sufficient water is available.  Yellow-headed Blackbird, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, and Purple Martin may be found here during breeding season.   Continuing north along the dike trails will provide access to the Royal Avenue area.

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Royal Avenue Access return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates  The parking area at the gate on Royal Ave is at 44 04’ 15”N, 123 15’ 27”W at an elev. of 381’.

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

A terrific Google Map Guide has been produced by Priscilla Sokolowski.  You can view it at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjV9Zb6-jX9I.kN_QCnigfK28&usp=sharing

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Royal Avenue Access

Location, Habitat and Birds:    On Royal Avenue just west of the intersection with Fisher Butte Road, check the stand of oaks on the north side of the road for Acorn Woodpecker.  Then continue to the parking lot at the gate.  The Royal Avenue access point provides a hike to a viewing platform to the west, with views over the lake.  This access point is currently open year-round. Black Terns have established a nesting colony in an area along the reservoir to the south and west of the viewing platform.  Marsh Wren, Virginia Rail, American Bittern, and secretive Swamp Sparrows (in winter) inhabit the area along the trail.  White-tailed Kites roost in this area during the winter months.   When access is not restricted, hiking around on the dikes in the area provides opportunities to find many species of ducks and shorebirds.  The area has yielded some rarities, including Wood Sandpiper in 2008.  Loggerhead Shrike and Tufted Duck, rarities in the Willamette Valley, have been found here more than once. 

A hiking trail entrance is found just east of the private home site that is adjacent to and east of the parking lot. This trail heads north from Royal Avenue toward another portion of the reservoir.  In recent years Grasshopper Sparrow has been found in the grassy meadow north of the private home site during nesting season. 

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Amazon Channel return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates  44 04’ 49” N, 123 14’ 05” W.

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

A terrific Google Map Guide has been produced by Priscilla Sokolowski.  You can view it at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjV9Zb6-jX9I.kN_QCnigfK28&usp=sharing

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  This access point is located along Fir Butte Road.   A better view of the Black Tern colony may be obtained by hiking to the reservoir along the trail that skirts the north side of the channel.   Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Orange-crowned Warbler nest along this trail.

Fern Ridge Reservoir - East and West Coyote Units return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates  (see below)

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

A terrific Google Map Guide has been produced by Priscilla Sokolowski.  You can view it at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjV9Zb6-jX9I.kN_QCnigfK28&usp=sharing

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for West Coyote Unit

eBird Hotspot Checklist for East Coyote Unit

Location, Habitat and Birds:  There are several access points to this area.  Turn south off West 11th Ave. at Ken Nielsen Road (shows as Kenneth R. Nielsen Rd. on some maps) approximately 2.40 miles west of Belt Line Rd., 44 03’ 17” N 123 13’ 14” W.  First stop at the parking lot where the road bends sharply south.  This is at 44 03’ 06” N 123 14’ 57” W.  From this lot, there is access to ponds and riparian habitat of the East Coyote Unit that are immediately south of West 11th Ave. across from the Fisher Butte Unit.  Then continue driving south, birding the meadows from the road.  A Lark Bunting was found in these meadows singing on territory several years back.  White-tailed Kites often hunt in these meadows in winter.  Turn right onto Cantrell Road at the “T” intersection less than a mile south from the sharp bend in Ken Nielsen Road.  A small parking lot on the north side of Cantrell Road at 44 02’ 30” N 123 15’ 40” W provides access to the southern edge of the pond area reached from the parking lot along Ken Nielsen Road.  Then continue west on Cantrell Road to the West Coyote Creek Unit.  At the bridge over Coyote Creek, there is a nature trail on the east side and a canoe access point on the west side immediately after crossing the bridge, both on the north side of the road.  Wood Ducks nest in this area and can often be found in the trees here.  About 0.1 mile further to the west is a gated road at 44 02’ 30” N 123 16’ 04” W.  This road leads to a marshy area with ponds that can be productive for shorebirds, especially during migration.  The beginning of this trail can be under quite a bit of water during wet winters and springs.

Eugene Airport Area return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates   The terminal is at 44 07’ 09”N, 123 17’ 44”W at an elev. of 367’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Eugene Airport Area

City Information 

Eugene Airport Information

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-11.

Meadowlark Prairie - Green Hill Overlook return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates The parking lot along Green Hill Road is at 44 03’ 51”N, 123 12’ 28”W at an elev. of 384’

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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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-5.

Meadowlark Prairie - Checkermallow Access return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates The parking lot along Royal Ave is at 44 04’ 09”N, 123 12’ 00”W at an elev. of 379”.

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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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-6.

Stewart Pond return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 F-10   geographic coordinates The parking area is at 44 03’ 01”N, 123 12’ 28”W at an elev. of 400’.

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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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-4.

Delta Ponds return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-10   geographic coordinates  The parking lot along Goodpasture Island Rd. is at 44 04’ 56”N, 123 06’ 41”W at an elev. of 402’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Delta Ponds

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-2.

Skinner Butte   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-10   geographic coordinates The parking lot at the top of the butte is at 44 -3’ 29”N, 123 05’ 34”W at an elev. of 636’.  The parking lot at the base of the butte between the butte and the river is at 44 03’ 40”N, 123 05 45”W at an elev. of 431’.

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Skinner Butte website

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-1. 

Spencer Butte  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 A-8    DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1    geographic coordinates The park parking lot just off Willamette St is at 43 58’ 50”N, 123 06’ 67”W at an elev. of 1297’.  The top of the butte is at 43 58’ 59”N, 123 05’ 44”W at an elev. of 2021’.  Willamette St parking for the Ridgeline Trail with trail access to the top of the butte is at 43 59’ 45”N, 123 05’ 45”W at an elev. of 963’.  Fox Hollow Road parking for the Ridgeline Trail with trail access to the top of the butte is at 43 59’ 15”N, 123 04’ 42”W at an elev. of 982’.  This is the parking area for the Ridgeline Trail and Cascades Raptor Center site.

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Spencer Butte website

Location:  - From I-5, take exit 194 to I-105 westbound.  Proceed on I-105 to its end on Jefferson St.  Proceed southward on Jefferson to 13th Ave.  Take a left on 13th Ave. and go about 6 blocks.  Turn right on Willamette Street.  Proceed approximately 5 miles to the Spencer Butte parking area on left.

Habitat and Birds:   The area is a mixed forest with a grassy bald at the top of the butte.  Owling is usually productive on this butte.  Western-Screech, N. Saw-whet, Barred, Great Horned, and Pygmy can all be found on Spencer Butte.  Vaux's Swift can be here and Pileated Woodpecker is relatively common.  Mountain species like Cassin's Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Hermit Warbler, and Red Crossbill have all been found here in the proper season.  It's a good place to find thrush variety with Hermit, Swainson's, and Varied thrushes as well as American Robins.  Townsend's Solitaire is possible but not to be expected

Ridgeline Trail  and Cascades Raptor Center return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 A-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-10   geographic coordinates 43 59’ 17” N   123 04’ 58” W

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Ridgeline Trail website

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-3. 

(Springfield)Eastgate Woodlands/West D Street Greenway   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1   geographic coordinates 44 02’ 54” N   123 02’ 32” W

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Eastgate Woodlands website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-1. 

(Springfield)Willamette Heights Overlook   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1   geographic coordinates 44 02’ 22” N   123 01’ 10” W

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Willamette Heights website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-2. 

(Springfield)Dorris Ranch Living Historical Farm return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1   geographic coordinates 44 02’ 10” N   123 01’ 15” W

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City Information

Dorris Ranch website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-3. 

Lane Community College Ponds  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1  geographic coordinates The location for the center of the middle pond is at 44 00’ 49”N, 123 02’ 17”W at an elev. of 507’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Lane Community College Ponds

Location    If you’re coming from the South via I-5, take exit 188 (30th Ave/LCC).  At the stop sign turn left on to E 30th Ave and go over I-5 to next intersection with a light, just on the west side of I-5, and continue straight through the intersection on E 30th Ave.

If you’re coming from the North via I-5, take exit 189 (30th Ave/LCC).  At the light turn right and continue south along the I-5 frontage road to the next light.  Turn right on to E 30th Ave.

Once on E 30th Ave, go straight through the next intersection with the light and take the next LCC exit, loop around under E 30th Ave and continue toward LCC.  On the right just as the roadway becomes divided is a wide spot on the right that you can park in and walk across the street to the three ponds being careful of fast moving traffic.

Habitat and Birds:   Like most treatment facilities, this one can produce a good variety of common waterfowl and the always welcome stranger.   Ruddy Ducks are often seen here.  Ducks, gulls, and shorebirds are the major draws here. 

Mount Pisgah Arboretum and Buford Park   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-2   geographic coordinates The parking area is at 44 00’ 28”N, 122 58’ 53”W at an elev. of 511’.

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Mount Pisgah Arboretum website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-4.     This is a mixed second growth forest and forest species such as grouse, Wild Turkey, 6 species of woodpecker, 5 flycatchers, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, 6 species of warbler, and forest finches might be seen.  A parking pass is required for parking along the road or in the parking lot. 

Clearwater Park return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-2   geographic coordinates 44 01’ 27” N   122 57’ 22” W

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Springfield Parks

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-5.

Jasper Meadows return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-2   geographic coordinates 44 02’ 16” N   122 55’ 40” W

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Springfield Parks

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-6.

Walterville Reservoir/Canal Birding Trail return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 84 D-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 72 E-3   geographic coordinates 44 04’ 09” N   122 48’ 36” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Walterville Reservoir

eBird Hotspot Checklist for Walterville Canal Birding Trail

Springfield Parks

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-7.

Elijah Bristow State Park return to the top

eLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 A-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 A-8   geographic coordinatesThe entrance off Wheeler Road is at 43 56’ 13”N, 122 50’ 47”W at an elev. of 620’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Elijah Bristow SP

Elijah Bristow State Park website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-13.  

Dexter Reservoir return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 A-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 A-8   geographic coordinates  The parking lot at the park is at 43 54’ 59”N, 122 48’ 45”W at an elev. of 703’.  The parking lot at the covered bridge is at 43 54’ 33”N, 122 46’ 46”W.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Dexter Reservoir

Dexter Reservoir website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-11.  A recent winter bird list included American Wigeon, Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead (female, a tough bird to find here in winter), Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American Coot, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, and some hybrid gulls.

 

Fall Creek Reservoir return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 A-3  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 A-9   geographic coordinates  The parking area at the north end of the dam is at 43 57’ 18”N, 122 45’ 22”W at an elev. of 861’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Fall Creek Reservoir

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-12. 

Fall Creek Reservoir website

Wayfarer Resort return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 C-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 41 E-6   geographic coordinates  44 07’ 33”N, 122 31’ 51”W.  The address is 46725 Goodpasture Road.

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.Wayfarer Resort website

Location, Habitat and Birds:   This resort is in Vida which is about miles east of Springfield off of Hwy 126.  Just east of Vida, look for Goodpasture Road.  Turn right (south) on Goodpasture Road and travel along the river for about 3.5 miles.  The resort is in between Helfrich Landing County Park and Marten Rapids Park.  This is a sure-fire spot for a plentiful supply of Rufous Hummingbirds, in season.  The resort maintains a number of hummingbird feeders.

Delta Old Growth Trail return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 49 C-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 41 D-9   geographic coordinates  44 09’ 44”N, 122 16’ 14”W

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  Travel about 3.5 miles east of Blue River on Highway 126.  Turn south on FS19, a paved road also known as Aufderheide Drive. The Delta Old Growth Trail is at site 18 at the Delta Campground.  To get to the campground, turn southwest from Aufderheide Drive onto the campground access road at 44 09’ 47” N   122 15’ 34” W.  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 87.

Cougar Reservoir return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 49 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 41 E-9   geographic coordinatesThe parking area at the dam is at 44 07’ 40”N, 12214’ 38”W at an elev. of 1699’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Cougar Reservoir

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 88.

Horsepasture Mountain return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 49 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 42 E-1   geographic coordinates 44 06’ 47” N   122 06’ 07” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Horsepasture Mt.

Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section92.

McKenzie Wild and Scenic Interpretive Site return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 E-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 42 D-1   geographic coordinates 44 14’ 13” N   12 203’ 19” W

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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 86.  

South Fork McKenzie River return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 A-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 A-5   geographic coordinates 43 56’ 43” N   122 02’ 22” W

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 89.

Box Canyon and Skookum Meadows return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 A-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 A-5   geographic coordinates43 54’ 19”N, 122 04’ 58”W at an elev. of 3722’.  This location is at the top of the Aufderheide Drive.

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 91.

Oakridge/Westfir Trails   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 B-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 C-2   geographic coordinates 44 45’ 16” N   122 31’ 03” W

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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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-10.

Aufderheide Forest Drive(Forest Road 19)  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 49 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 41 D-9   geographic coordinates  The covered bridge at Westfir is at 43 42’ 30”N, 122 29’ 43”W at an elev. of 1071, the south end of the drive.  The turn off Highway 126 is at 44 09’ 56”N, 122 15’ 39”W at an elev. of 1189, the north end of the drive.

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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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-9.

Oakridge return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 C-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 C-2   geographic coordinatesThe intersection with a light in the middle of town is at 43 44’ 40”N, 122 28’ 01”W at an elev. of 1179’.

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City Information 

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 93.  A Mourning Warbler was found west of here in July 1984.

Hills Creek Wetland return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 C-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 C-2   geographic coordinates  The parking area at the gate on USFS road #21 is at 43 43’ 01”N, 122 26’ 06”W at an elev. of 1313’.  The middle of the wetlands is at 43 42’ 45”N, 122 25’ 39”W at an elev. of 1261’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Hills Creek Wetland

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 94.

Salt Creek Falls return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 E-5   geographic coordinates The parking lot is at 43 36’ 43”N, 122 07’ 40”W at an elev. of 4092’.

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Salt Creek Falls website 

Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 95.  This is a reliable location to find Black Swift during the nesting season.  They nest behind the falls and can be seen flying high over the bowl below the falls, and sometimes high in the sky to the south and west of the viewpoint.  This has also been a reliable area during the nesting season for Townsend's Warbler, Hermit Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush.  Northern Waterthrush has been found in the marshy area just east of the falls along Highway 58.  This location may also be approached from the gravel road that climbs above the Salt Creek Falls parking lot, but you will need to bushwhack your way down to the marshy area. Northern Waterthrush have also nested alongside the creek itself approximately 0.25-mile upstream from the falls and can often be heard singing on territory in the spring.  American Dipper can be found here, especially at the car bridge within the park above the falls. 

Gold Lake return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 49 D-6   geographic coordinates The parking area next to the bridge is at 43 37’ 47”N, 122 02’ 59”W at an elev. of 4830’.

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 96.  The road into Gold Lake (about a half mile west of Willamette Pass) is often blocked by snow until late spring or even early summer, so check on road conditions before going there.  Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers are a specialty here.  Nests have been found, at times, in the campground proper.   Clark’s Nutcrackers are also here.  In fall, White-winged Crossbill is a remote possibility.   For woodpeckers, look especially in areas close to the campground, including the trail across the bridge from the main camping area that heads toward Bobby Lake.  The trail behind the bulletin board at the day use parking lot goes to Marilyn Lakes, which has been productive for woodpeckers and other high elevation specialties.  Bring mosquito repellant.

Waldo Lake return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 49 C-6   geographic coordinates The boat ramp at Shadow Bay is at 43 41’ 31”N, 122 02’ 38”W at an elev. of 5440’ – this is the south end of the lake.  The boat ramp at North Waldo is at 43 45’ 37”N, 122 00’ 22”W – this is the north end of the lake.

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Waldo Lake website

Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 97.  This spot is productive for high elevation species, and is subject to snowy conditions sometimes late into the spring.  Taylor Burn Road and the trail along the north end of Waldo Lake (both accessible from the North Waldo parking area) are both good places to take birding hikes.  A drive on the paved road into the area near dusk may result in a sighting of Sooty Grouse along the roadside.

East Regional Park return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 B-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 C-6   geographic coordinates 43 47’ 24” N   123 01’ 40” W

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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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-9.

Cottage Grove Lake (Lower End)return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 C-6   geographic coordinates 43 43’ 00” N   123 03’ 27” W

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City Information 

Cottage Grove Lake website

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 Big River Guide.  Section B-1. 

Cottage Grove Lake (Upper End Loop)return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 D-6   geographic coordinates 43 43’ 00” N   123 03’ 27” W

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Cottage Grove Lake website

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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-2.

Dorena Reservoir return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 B-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 C-7   geographic coordinates 43 47’ 12” N   122 57’ 17” W

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Dorena Reservoir website

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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-8. 

Noonday Ridge and Bohemia Saddle return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 D-9   geographic coordinates 43 41’ 56” N   122 46’ 19” W

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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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-6.

Sharps Creek Campground return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 D-8   geographic coordinates 4339’ 33” N   12248’ 15” W

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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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-5.

Big River Road return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 D-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 E-6   geographic coordinates 43 35’ 48” N   123 04’ 08” W

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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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-3.

Calapooya Divide  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 E-7   geographic coordinates 43 31’ 49” N   122 53’ 38” W

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  (PORTIONS OF THIS ROAD ARE IN DOUGLAS COUNTY.  At 2.8 miles from Big River Road, this loop dips into northern Douglas County at the higher elevations, then returns to Lane County after about 11 miles.).  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-4.

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Hill

Bob Creek

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Sea Lion Caves

Baker Beach Road

Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside

South Jetty Siuslaw River

Honeyman State Park

Woahink Lake

Siltcoose Estuary & Lagoon Trail

Siltcoos Lake

PAWN Trail

Kirk Park

Perkins Peninsula Park

Fern Ridge - Coyote Creek

Fern Ridge - Royal Avenue

Fern Ridge - Amazon Channel    

Fern Ridge - E. & W. Coyote Units

Eugene Airport Area

Meadowlark Prairie

Stewart Pond

Delta Ponds

Skinner Butte

Spencer Butte

Ridgeline Trail/Cascades Raptors

Eastgate Woodlands

Willamette Heights Overlook

Dorris Ranch

Lane Comm. College Ponds

Mt Pisgah Arboretum

Mt Pisgah Regional Park

Clearwater Park

Jasper Meadows

Walterville Reservoir

Elijah Bristow State Park

Dexter Reservoir

Fall Creek Reservoir

Wayfarer Resort

Delta Old Growth Trail

Cougar Reservoir

Horse Pasture Mountain

McKinzie Wild & Scenic Site

South Fork McKenzie River

Box Canyon/Skookum

Oakridge/Westfir Trails

Aufderheide Forest Drive

Oakridge

Hills Creek Wetland

Salt Creek Falls

Gold Lake

Waldo Lake

East Regional Park

Cottage Grove Lake (Lower)

Cottage Grove Lake (Upper)

Dorena Reservoir

Noonday Ridge

Sharps Creek Campground

Big River Road

Calapooya Divide

 

*IMPORTANT SUGGESTION: When birding the Oregon Coast, consider birding from north to south.  Entering and exiting the coast highways will be considerably safer with this strategy and will reduce the need to cross traffic when visiting coastal birding sites.

Willamette River Recreation Guide 

Strawberry Hill  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 C-1   geographic coordinates  44 15’ 14.5” N  124 06’ 14.9” W

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  Travel about 4.5 miles south of Yachats and about a half mile south of Neptune State Park.  Coming from the south, this location is about 18 miles north of Florence.  This is on the northern border of Lane County on the coast.

Rocky area that juts out into the ocean attracts seals and sea lions as well as Black Oystercatcher and Black Turnstone.  A nice pullout for a sea watch.

Bob Creek  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 C-1   geographic coordinates  44 14’ 40” N  124 06’ 42” W

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  The pullout is about 0.6 miles downhill and south from Strawberry Hill.  The parking area is in an open grassy area.   Offshore rocks attract "Rockpipers" as well as Harlequin Duck (both are possible in late fall, winter, early spring).   The creek-side habitat next to parking lot has attracted rare passerines.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Scenic Viewpoint  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 E-1   geographic coordinates 44 08’ 14” N   124 07’ 40” W at an elev. of 156’

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse website

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.   Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 90.  

Sea Lion Caves return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 E-1   geographic coordinates 44 07’ 18”N, 124 07’ 36”W at an elev. of 252’  One of the best places to bird is the large pull-off area just north of the caves administration building which is at 44 07’ 32”N, 124 07’ 32”W and elev. of 253’.

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Oregon Sea Lion Caves website

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.   Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 91.   Birding the rocky areas from the headlands above the cave can be very productive.  The best place to find birds is from the large pulloff  area north of the Sea Lion Caves administration building.  The same birds that can be found from the caves can also be found from the pull-off by scanning the rocks and ocean with a scope. Check the rocks and surf for Rhinoceros Auklet, Brandt's Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, and Tufted Puffin.  If you have a scope, you might be able to find Marbled Murrelets a little farther out.  Since this location is high on a headland, a scope is handy for seeing almost all of the birds here.  Rhinoceros Auklet nests inside the caves and, when present, may be viewed by paying the entrance fee and descending into the caves.  Brandt’s Cormorant nests on the grassy slope below the pullout. A Common/King Eider was spotted here in December 2000. 

Baker Beach Road  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 D-2   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 E-1    geographic coordinates  44 05’ 19”N, 124 06’ 33”W.  

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Baker Beach Road

Location:  Travel 7.5 miles north of Florence and turn left (west) on Baker Beach Road.   

Habitat and Birds: Bird the small marsh about a quarter mile from the highway.   This is a reliable spot to find Marsh Wren at any season.   Continue on to the campground, less than a half mile further down the road at a dead end.   The campground area can be very birdy, and a hike through the dunes to the beach can yield some interesting birds, as well.   Near the top of the hill on the way to the campground, a hiking trail leads to Lily Lake, which can yield typical coast species that inhabit shrubs and open water.  Be aware that horseback riding is a popular activity on the road and on the beach, so use caution both when driving and walking near the horseback riders.

Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 D-2   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 F-1    geographic coordinates  The parking lot is at 44 02’ 47”N, 124 05’ 38”W at an elev. of 89”44 02’ 51” N.  

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State Parks website

Location:  Go 2.8 miles north of Florence on Hwy 101 and watch for the signs. 

Habitat and Birds: Well-kept trails take you through a terrific natural forest and expose you to a good sampling of coastal inland birds.  Birds that have been seen here in the past include Hairy Woodpecker, N. Pygmy-Owl, Hutton's Vireo, Steller's Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Bushtit, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, Varied Thrush, Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, and Black-throated Gray Warbler. 

South Jetty Siuslaw River return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 D-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 F-1   geographic coordinates  The parking lot at the base of the jetty is at 44 00’ 48”N, 124 08’ 00”W at an elev. of 3’

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Florence City Information

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 92.  To access this area, go south of Florence, cross the Siuslaw River, and turn right on South Jetty Road.  This road will go west for a while but just before it bends to the right, turn off at the dog pond and park.  Especially if no one else is in the area, this can be a good place to find interesting shorebirds, passerines, and raptors.  After the road turns north, pull into the 3rd parking lot on your left (the one with the restrooms).  The deflation plain to the east of here is a hotspot for fall shorebirds.  A dike across the deflation plain, just south of the parking lot, will provide you access to the portion of the deflation plain that’s most productive for shore-birding – the area of sand and very short vegetation next to the dunes along the east edge of the plain on the north side of the dike.  From the restrooms, walk back south a short distance along the South Jetty Road and find the dike trail.  The most productive area for shorebirds is usually to the north (a left turn at the sand dunes) in the deflation plain.  When the area is wet, watch out for quicksand.  In winter, this area may be too flooded for pedestrian use.  High tide during the spring and fall migration seasons is often the best time to look for shorebirds at this location.  This is a huge area where you can make a round trip of several miles before returning to the dike trail.  Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Ruff, both golden-plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, and Pectoral Sandpipers have all been found here.  Return to your car and stop frequently along the rest of the Jetty Road.  It ends at the jetty itself. There are areas near the crab dock that can be good for shorebirds at mid to low tides. The beach may also host shorebirds.  Scan the water carefully, as unusual species may be found floating on it or flying over it.  King Eider, Yellow-billed Loon, Horned Puffin, and Elegant Tern are a few species that have been spotted in this area.

Honeyman State Park and Cleawox Lake   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 A-4   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 45 A-6    geographic coordinates   The parking area just to the east of the bridge over the river is at 43 58’ 37”N, 124 04’ 37”W at an elev. of 27’

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Honeyman State Park website

Location:  Travel 2.5 miles south of Florence on Hwy 101 and watch for the signs. 

Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 95.  This coastal park has mixed conifer forests, riparian areas, and beach.  Birds that have been seen here in the past include Greater Scaup, Turkey Vulture, many species of gull, the dark coastal race of the Hairy Woodpecker, N. Pygmy-Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Steller's Jay, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Bushtit, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, Varied Thrush, Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, and Red Crossbill.  A Tropical Kingbird was here in 1995. 

Woahink Lake   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 A-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 45 A-6   geographic coordinates  The parking lot is at 43 55’ 36”N, 124 05’ 56”W at an elev. of 81’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Woahink Lake

Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 96.

Siltcoos River Estuary and Siltcoos Lagoon Trail  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 A-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 45 A-6   geographic coordinates  The parking lot for the trail is at 43 52’ 40”N, 124 08’ 44”W at an elev. of 23’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Siltcoos River Estuary

Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 98.  To access the Siltcoos River Estuary, turn west from Highway 101 onto the road leading to Siltcoos Beach.  Stop at Lodgepole Campground on the way to the beach to see what is there.  Red Crossbills are often in the area.  The habitat around the campground often contains a sizeable mixed flock of passerines.  Continue down the road to Lagoon Campground.  There is a trail that goes all the way around the campground.  It is accessible from a day use parking lot that is just past the entrance to the campground, on the right side of the road.  This trail is one of the best places in Lane County to find Wrentit.    At the beach parking lot at the end of the road, park and climb over the dune to the beach.  This is one of the best locations in the state to find Snowy Plovers which may be found here in any season.  There is a protected nesting area to the east of the beach, south of the parking lot area.  Gulls and shorebirds may often be found congregating along the river mouth.   There is another beach access trail from Waxmyrtle Campground, across the road from Lagoon Campground.  Park along the campground access road and find the beginning of the trail on the west side of the road.  It is a long hike to the beach, which reaches the ocean near the south side of the Siltcoos River mouth.   

Siltcoos Lake   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 A-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 45 A-6   geographic coordinates 43 52’ 17” N   124 05’ 39” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Siltcoos Lake

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 97.  The Central Coast birding "trail guide" only talks about the trails from this trail head, but there are many other places to bird the lake.  Explore this area and report what you find. 

PAWN Trail return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 32 D-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 38 E-2   geographic coordinates  44 04’ 42”N, 123 57’ 30”W at an elev. of 72’.

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Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.  Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 93.  Drive north from Highway 126 up the North Fork Siuslaw Road east of Florence.  On the way to the trail, stop at the boat landing after about 3 miles, at 43” 04’ 14   124” 04’ 17.  The boat landing area often yields a wide variety of species and serves as a pleasant rest stop.   The PAWN trail is somewhat steep in places.  It is for only the sure-footed.  Birding at the beginning of the trail and along the road in the area can be good, though.  

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Kirk Park return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates The year around parking lot is at 44 07’ 19”N, 123 17’ 59”W at an elev. of 344’. 

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Kirk Park

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-10.  A walk through the picnic area can be productive for passerines, especially during migration and in winter.  Gulls congregate at the dam’s outflow during non-breeding seasons.  At times, egrets use the trees northeast of the parking lot as a roosting site.  After major coastal storms, the view of the lake from the dam area across the road may yield sightings of such species as jaegers or storm-petrels blown inland by high winds. The park is gated off during the winter.  A Falcated Duck was found here in 2004.  Check the wigeon flocks for Eurasian Wigeon.

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Perkins Peninsula Park return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates  The parking area before the gate, right off Highway 126 is at 44 03’ 11”N, 123 17’ 29”W at an elev. of 379’. 

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Perkins Peninsula

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-9.  Perkins Peninsula Park provides good views of Fern Ridge Lake.  The park is closed to vehicles in the winter, so it can be a quiet place to walk and enjoy wintering passerines while checking for birds on the mudflats and channels along the lake.  There is a nature trail that starts at the northwest corner of the park.  Swamp Sparrow has been detected along this nature trail in appropriate wet and reedy habitat in winter in recent years.  Osprey and Purple Martins return to nest in the spring.  In summer, the park becomes crowded with picnickers and local people out for a family outing.

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Fisher Butte Unit return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 F-9   geographic coordinates The parking area along Highway 126 is at 44 03’ 10”N, 123 15’ 22”W at an elev of 383’.

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

A terrific Google Map Guide has been produced by Priscilla Sokolowski.  You can view it at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjV9Zb6-jX9I.kN_QCnigfK28&usp=sharing

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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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-8.  From Eugene go west on W. 11th Avenue and turn north into a parking lot approximately 0.25 mile west of the Fisher Road intersection.  In winter, species such as Swamp Sparrow and Clay-colored Sparrow have been found in the hedgerow along the road that extends north from the parking lot as well as along the base of Fisher Butte itself, approximately 0.25 mile north of the parking lot.  Wilson’s Snipe frequently uses this area, especially in the off limits wet meadow along the east side of the road on the walk north toward Fisher Butte.  Walking along the dikes in this area can be productive for shorebirds and waterfowl when sufficient water is available.  Yellow-headed Blackbird, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, and Purple Martin may be found here during breeding season.   Continuing north along the dike trails will provide access to the Royal Avenue area.

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Royal Avenue Access return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates  The parking area at the gate on Royal Ave is at 44 04’ 15”N, 123 15’ 27”W at an elev. of 381’.

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

A terrific Google Map Guide has been produced by Priscilla Sokolowski.  You can view it at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjV9Zb6-jX9I.kN_QCnigfK28&usp=sharing

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Royal Avenue Access

Location, Habitat and Birds:    On Royal Avenue just west of the intersection with Fisher Butte Road, check the stand of oaks on the north side of the road for Acorn Woodpecker.  Then continue to the parking lot at the gate.  The Royal Avenue access point provides a hike to a viewing platform to the west, with views over the lake.  This access point is currently open year-round. Black Terns have established a nesting colony in an area along the reservoir to the south and west of the viewing platform.  Marsh Wren, Virginia Rail, American Bittern, and secretive Swamp Sparrows (in winter) inhabit the area along the trail.  White-tailed Kites roost in this area during the winter months.   When access is not restricted, hiking around on the dikes in the area provides opportunities to find many species of ducks and shorebirds.  The area has yielded some rarities, including Wood Sandpiper in 2008.  Loggerhead Shrike and Tufted Duck, rarities in the Willamette Valley, have been found here more than once. 

A hiking trail entrance is found just east of the private home site that is adjacent to and east of the parking lot. This trail heads north from Royal Avenue toward another portion of the reservoir.  In recent years Grasshopper Sparrow has been found in the grassy meadow north of the private home site during nesting season. 

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Amazon Channel return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates  44 04’ 49” N, 123 14’ 05” W.

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  This access point is located along Fir Butte Road.   A better view of the Black Tern colony may be obtained by hiking to the reservoir along the trail that skirts the north side of the channel.   Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Orange-crowned Warbler nest along this trail.

Fern Ridge Reservoir - East and West Coyote Units return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates  (see below)

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles.   Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

ODFW’s birding guide to Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Map

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for West Coyote Unit

eBird Hotspot Checklist for East Coyote Unit

Location, Habitat and Birds:  There are several access points to this area.  Turn south off West 11th Ave. at Ken Nielsen Road (shows as Kenneth R. Nielsen Rd. on some maps) approximately 2.40 miles west of Belt Line Rd., 44 03’ 17” N 123 13’ 14” W.  First stop at the parking lot where the road bends sharply south.  This is at 44 03’ 06” N 123 14’ 57” W.  From this lot, there is access to ponds and riparian habitat of the East Coyote Unit that are immediately south of West 11th Ave. across from the Fisher Butte Unit.  Then continue driving south, birding the meadows from the road.  A Lark Bunting was found in these meadows singing on territory several years back.  White-tailed Kites often hunt in these meadows in winter.  Turn right onto Cantrell Road at the “T” intersection less than a mile south from the sharp bend in Ken Nielsen Road.  A small parking lot on the north side of Cantrell Road at 44 02’ 30” N 123 15’ 40” W provides access to the southern edge of the pond area reached from the parking lot along Ken Nielsen Road.  Then continue west on Cantrell Road to the West Coyote Creek Unit.  At the bridge over Coyote Creek, there is a nature trail on the east side and a canoe access point on the west side immediately after crossing the bridge, both on the north side of the road.  Wood Ducks nest in this area and can often be found in the trees here.  About 0.1 mile further to the west is a gated road at 44 02’ 30” N 123 16’ 04” W.  This road leads to a marshy area with ponds that can be productive for shorebirds, especially during migration.  The beginning of this trail can be under quite a bit of water during wet winters and springs.

Eugene Airport Area return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates   The terminal is at 44 07’ 09”N, 123 17’ 44”W at an elev. of 367’.

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City Information 

Eugene Airport Information

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-11.

Meadowlark Prairie - Green Hill Overlook return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates The parking lot along Green Hill Road is at 44 03’ 51”N, 123 12’ 28”W at an elev. of 384’

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Meadowlark Prairie

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-5.

Meadowlark Prairie - Checkermallow Access return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-9   geographic coordinates The parking lot along Royal Ave is at 44 04’ 09”N, 123 12’ 00”W at an elev. of 379”.

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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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-6.

Stewart Pond return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 F-10   geographic coordinates The parking area is at 44 03’ 01”N, 123 12’ 28”W at an elev. of 400’.

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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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-4.

Delta Ponds return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-10   geographic coordinates  The parking lot along Goodpasture Island Rd. is at 44 04’ 56”N, 123 06’ 41”W at an elev. of 402’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Delta Ponds

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-2.

Skinner Butte   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-10   geographic coordinates The parking lot at the top of the butte is at 44 -3’ 29”N, 123 05’ 34”W at an elev. of 636’.  The parking lot at the base of the butte between the butte and the river is at 44 03’ 40”N, 123 05 45”W at an elev. of 431’.

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Skinner Butte website

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-1. 

Spencer Butte  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 A-8    DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1    geographic coordinates The park parking lot just off Willamette St is at 43 58’ 50”N, 123 06’ 67”W at an elev. of 1297’.  The top of the butte is at 43 58’ 59”N, 123 05’ 44”W at an elev. of 2021’.  Willamette St parking for the Ridgeline Trail with trail access to the top of the butte is at 43 59’ 45”N, 123 05’ 45”W at an elev. of 963’.  Fox Hollow Road parking for the Ridgeline Trail with trail access to the top of the butte is at 43 59’ 15”N, 123 04’ 42”W at an elev. of 982’.  This is the parking area for the Ridgeline Trail and Cascades Raptor Center site.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Spencer Butte

Spencer Butte website

Location:  - From I-5, take exit 194 to I-105 westbound.  Proceed on I-105 to its end on Jefferson St.  Proceed southward on Jefferson to 13th Ave.  Take a left on 13th Ave. and go about 6 blocks.  Turn right on Willamette Street.  Proceed approximately 5 miles to the Spencer Butte parking area on left.

Habitat and Birds:   The area is a mixed forest with a grassy bald at the top of the butte.  Owling is usually productive on this butte.  Western-Screech, N. Saw-whet, Barred, Great Horned, and Pygmy can all be found on Spencer Butte.  Vaux's Swift can be here and Pileated Woodpecker is relatively common.  Mountain species like Cassin's Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Hermit Warbler, and Red Crossbill have all been found here in the proper season.  It's a good place to find thrush variety with Hermit, Swainson's, and Varied thrushes as well as American Robins.  Townsend's Solitaire is possible but not to be expected

Ridgeline Trail  and Cascades Raptor Center return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 A-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 39 E-10   geographic coordinates 43 59’ 17” N   123 04’ 58” W

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Ridgeline Trail website

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 Fern Ridge Loop Guide.  Section F-3. 

(Springfield)Eastgate Woodlands/West D Street Greenway   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1   geographic coordinates 44 02’ 54” N   123 02’ 32” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for West D St Greenway

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Eastgate Woodlands website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-1. 

(Springfield)Willamette Heights Overlook   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1   geographic coordinates 44 02’ 22” N   123 01’ 10” W

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Willamette Heights website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-2. 

(Springfield)Dorris Ranch Living Historical Farm return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1   geographic coordinates 44 02’ 10” N   123 01’ 15” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Dorris Ranch

City Information

Dorris Ranch website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-3. 

Lane Community College Ponds  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 47 D-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-1  geographic coordinates The location for the center of the middle pond is at 44 00’ 49”N, 123 02’ 17”W at an elev. of 507’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Lane Community College Ponds

Location    If you’re coming from the South via I-5, take exit 188 (30th Ave/LCC).  At the stop sign turn left on to E 30th Ave and go over I-5 to next intersection with a light, just on the west side of I-5, and continue straight through the intersection on E 30th Ave.

If you’re coming from the North via I-5, take exit 189 (30th Ave/LCC).  At the light turn right and continue south along the I-5 frontage road to the next light.  Turn right on to E 30th Ave.

Once on E 30th Ave, go straight through the next intersection with the light and take the next LCC exit, loop around under E 30th Ave and continue toward LCC.  On the right just as the roadway becomes divided is a wide spot on the right that you can park in and walk across the street to the three ponds being careful of fast moving traffic.

Habitat and Birds:   Like most treatment facilities, this one can produce a good variety of common waterfowl and the always welcome stranger.   Ruddy Ducks are often seen here.  Ducks, gulls, and shorebirds are the major draws here. 

Mount Pisgah Arboretum and Buford Park   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-2   geographic coordinates The parking area is at 44 00’ 28”N, 122 58’ 53”W at an elev. of 511’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Mount Pisgah Arboretum

eBird Hotspot Checklist for Buford Park

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Mount Pisgah Arboretum website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-4.     This is a mixed second growth forest and forest species such as grouse, Wild Turkey, 6 species of woodpecker, 5 flycatchers, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, 6 species of warbler, and forest finches might be seen.  A parking pass is required for parking along the road or in the parking lot. 

Clearwater Park return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-2   geographic coordinates 44 01’ 27” N   122 57’ 22” W

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Springfield Parks

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-5.

Jasper Meadows return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 40 F-2   geographic coordinates 44 02’ 16” N   122 55’ 40” W

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Springfield Parks

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-6.

Walterville Reservoir/Canal Birding Trail return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 84 D-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 72 E-3   geographic coordinates 44 04’ 09” N   122 48’ 36” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Walterville Reservoir

eBird Hotspot Checklist for Walterville Canal Birding Trail

Springfield Parks

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-7.

Elijah Bristow State Park return to the top

eLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 A-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 A-8   geographic coordinatesThe entrance off Wheeler Road is at 43 56’ 13”N, 122 50’ 47”W at an elev. of 620’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Elijah Bristow SP

Elijah Bristow State Park website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-13.  

Dexter Reservoir return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 A-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 A-8   geographic coordinates  The parking lot at the park is at 43 54’ 59”N, 122 48’ 45”W at an elev. of 703’.  The parking lot at the covered bridge is at 43 54’ 33”N, 122 46’ 46”W.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Dexter Reservoir

Dexter Reservoir website

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-11.  A recent winter bird list included American Wigeon, Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead (female, a tough bird to find here in winter), Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American Coot, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, and some hybrid gulls.

 

Fall Creek Reservoir return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 A-3  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 A-9   geographic coordinates  The parking area at the north end of the dam is at 43 57’ 18”N, 122 45’ 22”W at an elev. of 861’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Fall Creek Reservoir

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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-12. 

Fall Creek Reservoir website

Wayfarer Resort return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 48 C-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 41 E-6   geographic coordinates  44 07’ 33”N, 122 31’ 51”W.  The address is 46725 Goodpasture Road.

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.Wayfarer Resort website

Location, Habitat and Birds:   This resort is in Vida which is about miles east of Springfield off of Hwy 126.  Just east of Vida, look for Goodpasture Road.  Turn right (south) on Goodpasture Road and travel along the river for about 3.5 miles.  The resort is in between Helfrich Landing County Park and Marten Rapids Park.  This is a sure-fire spot for a plentiful supply of Rufous Hummingbirds, in season.  The resort maintains a number of hummingbird feeders.

Delta Old Growth Trail return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 49 C-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 41 D-9   geographic coordinates  44 09’ 44”N, 122 16’ 14”W

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  Travel about 3.5 miles east of Blue River on Highway 126.  Turn south on FS19, a paved road also known as Aufderheide Drive. The Delta Old Growth Trail is at site 18 at the Delta Campground.  To get to the campground, turn southwest from Aufderheide Drive onto the campground access road at 44 09’ 47” N   122 15’ 34” W.  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 87.

Cougar Reservoir return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 49 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 41 E-9   geographic coordinatesThe parking area at the dam is at 44 07’ 40”N, 12214’ 38”W at an elev. of 1699’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Cougar Reservoir

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 88.

Horsepasture Mountain return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 49 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 42 E-1   geographic coordinates 44 06’ 47” N   122 06’ 07” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Horsepasture Mt.

Location, Habitat and Birds:   Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section92.

McKenzie Wild and Scenic Interpretive Site return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 E-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 42 D-1   geographic coordinates 44 14’ 13” N   12 203’ 19” W

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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 86.  

South Fork McKenzie River return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 A-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 A-5   geographic coordinates 43 56’ 43” N   122 02’ 22” W

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 89.

Box Canyon and Skookum Meadows return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 A-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 A-5   geographic coordinates43 54’ 19”N, 122 04’ 58”W at an elev. of 3722’.  This location is at the top of the Aufderheide Drive.

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 91.

Oakridge/Westfir Trails   return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 B-4  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 C-2   geographic coordinates 44 45’ 16” N   122 31’ 03” W

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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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-10.

Aufderheide Forest Drive(Forest Road 19)  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 49 D-6  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 41 D-9   geographic coordinates  The covered bridge at Westfir is at 43 42’ 30”N, 122 29’ 43”W at an elev. of 1071, the south end of the drive.  The turn off Highway 126 is at 44 09’ 56”N, 122 15’ 39”W at an elev. of 1189, the north end of the drive.

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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 McKenzie Guide.  Section M-9.

Oakridge return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 C-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 C-2   geographic coordinatesThe intersection with a light in the middle of town is at 43 44’ 40”N, 122 28’ 01”W at an elev. of 1179’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Oakridge

City Information 

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 93.  A Mourning Warbler was found west of here in July 1984.

Hills Creek Wetland return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 C-5  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 C-2   geographic coordinates  The parking area at the gate on USFS road #21 is at 43 43’ 01”N, 122 26’ 06”W at an elev. of 1313’.  The middle of the wetlands is at 43 42’ 45”N, 122 25’ 39”W at an elev. of 1261’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Hills Creek Wetland

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 94.

Salt Creek Falls return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 D-7  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 48 E-5   geographic coordinates The parking lot is at 43 36’ 43”N, 122 07’ 40”W at an elev. of 4092’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Salt Creek Falls

Salt Creek Falls website 

Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 95.  This is a reliable location to find Black Swift during the nesting season.  They nest behind the falls and can be seen flying high over the bowl below the falls, and sometimes high in the sky to the south and west of the viewpoint.  This has also been a reliable area during the nesting season for Townsend's Warbler, Hermit Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush.  Northern Waterthrush has been found in the marshy area just east of the falls along Highway 58.  This location may also be approached from the gravel road that climbs above the Salt Creek Falls parking lot, but you will need to bushwhack your way down to the marshy area. Northern Waterthrush have also nested alongside the creek itself approximately 0.25-mile upstream from the falls and can often be heard singing on territory in the spring.  American Dipper can be found here, especially at the car bridge within the park above the falls. 

Gold Lake return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 49 D-6   geographic coordinates The parking area next to the bridge is at 43 37’ 47”N, 122 02’ 59”W at an elev. of 4830’.

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Gold Lake

Location, Habitat and Birds:  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 96.  The road into Gold Lake (about a half mile west of Willamette Pass) is often blocked by snow until late spring or even early summer, so check on road conditions before going there.  Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers are a specialty here.  Nests have been found, at times, in the campground proper.   Clark’s Nutcrackers are also here.  In fall, White-winged Crossbill is a remote possibility.   For woodpeckers, look especially in areas close to the campground, including the trail across the bridge from the main camping area that heads toward Bobby Lake.  The trail behind the bulletin board at the day use parking lot goes to Marilyn Lakes, which has been productive for woodpeckers and other high elevation specialties.  Bring mosquito repellant.

Waldo Lake return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 43 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 49 C-6   geographic coordinates The boat ramp at Shadow Bay is at 43 41’ 31”N, 122 02’ 38”W at an elev. of 5440’ – this is the south end of the lake.  The boat ramp at North Waldo is at 43 45’ 37”N, 122 00’ 22”W – this is the north end of the lake.

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Waldo Lake website

Location, Habitat and Birds: Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Cascades Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Three Sisters Loop Guide.  Section 97.  This spot is productive for high elevation species, and is subject to snowy conditions sometimes late into the spring.  Taylor Burn Road and the trail along the north end of Waldo Lake (both accessible from the North Waldo parking area) are both good places to take birding hikes.  A drive on the paved road into the area near dusk may result in a sighting of Sooty Grouse along the roadside.

East Regional Park return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 B-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 C-6   geographic coordinates 43 47’ 24” N   123 01’ 40” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for East Regional Park

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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-9.

Cottage Grove Lake (Lower End)return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 C-6   geographic coordinates 43 43’ 00” N   123 03’ 27” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Cottage Grove Lake

City Information 

Cottage Grove Lake website

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 Big River Guide.  Section B-1. 

Cottage Grove Lake (Upper End Loop)return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 C-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 D-6   geographic coordinates 43 43’ 00” N   123 03’ 27” W

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Cottage Grove Lake website

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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-2.

Dorena Reservoir return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 B-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 C-7   geographic coordinates 43 47’ 12” N   122 57’ 17” W

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eBird Hotspot Checklist for Dorena Reservoir

Dorena Reservoir website

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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-8. 

Noonday Ridge and Bohemia Saddle return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 D-9   geographic coordinates 43 41’ 56” N   122 46’ 19” W

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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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-6.

Sharps Creek Campground return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 C-2  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 D-8   geographic coordinates 4339’ 33” N   12248’ 15” W

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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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-5.

Big River Road return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 41 D-8  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 E-6   geographic coordinates 43 35’ 48” N   123 04’ 08” W

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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 Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-3.

Calapooya Divide  return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 42 D-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 47 E-7   geographic coordinates 43 31’ 49” N   122 53’ 38” W

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Location, Habitat and Birds:  (PORTIONS OF THIS ROAD ARE IN DOUGLAS COUNTY.  At 2.8 miles from Big River Road, this loop dips into northern Douglas County at the higher elevations, then returns to Lane County after about 11 miles.).  Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail.  Click on the "trail guide" and choose the Big River Loop Guide.  Section B-4.