ROCKAWAY BEACH
7 miles of wide open beach on the North Oregon Coast
Outdoor Fun

Bird Watching

Tillamook County is a bird watching paradise. The coastline areas are home to or visited by all manner of sea and shore birds and it's inland forests are home to migrating songbirds. Eagles are often seen, as are hawks.

According to the Portland Audubon Society, Tillamook Bay supports almost 25% of the northern- and central-coast wintering waterfowl population in Oregon. During the annual Christmas bird count, upwards of 140 different resident species are counted here, putting the county among the leading areas for bird populations. And during the summer, even more show up on their migrations, raising the total number of species to around 200.
Great Blue Heron

Among waterfowl, it's common to see American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoters and Buffleheads. Brown Pelicans use the Bay from May to December and peak in September. Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plovers, Semi-palmated Plovers, Whimbrels, Sanderlings, Dunlins and Short-billed Dowitchers are also seen. There are 2 rookeries around Tillamook Bay that host Great Blue Herons. One in Garibaldi is quite large (up to 50 nests). The herons are year-round residents. The Bay also provides an important habitat for many birds migrating on the Pacific flyway.

Besides the beach, an excellent place to spot birds is around Rockaway Beach's lakes. Lake Lytle, in particular, is the largest and has excellent access, so it is one of the prime locations to try. There, depending on the season, you can see many different types of waterfowl and migrating shore birds including herons and ospreys. Eagles also are often seen.

Bird watching can be done from the shore or the water. For water viewing, you can get close to more remote areas in a kayak or a canoe. Either way, beginners are advised to bring a good pair of binoculars and a field guide to help identify what you see.
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