Tours & Destinations Oregon
. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
COASTAL OREGON & KLAMATH BASIN
Superb Pacific Coast Birding & Pelagic Trip3 October 2013 - 12 October 2013, 10 days & 9 nights
Our Oregon adventure begins on the coast at Tillamook Bay, one of the prime birding areas in the entire Pacific Northwest. Tillamook and nearby Bayocean Spit will yield an incredible variety of seabirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and related species. A full day pelagic trip with Greg Gillson and Tradewinds Charters will take us into the Pacific in search of tubenoses: Black-footed Albatross, Pink-footed Shearwater, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, and many others. This trip has produced some incredible rarities including the Short-tailed and Laysan Albatrosses that we found on a previous tour. After another day of coastal birding, we move inland to Crater Lake, the Klamath Basin, Tule Lake (California), and a total change of pace. Now we'll be looking at dozens of Bald Eagles, thousands upon thousands of ducks and geese, and large flocks of Sandhill Cranes. There will be Ferruginous Hawks and Short-eared Owls. Great Gray Owl is resident here and we will make every effort to find one, as we have in the past. A few of the more intriguing songbirds we will seek include Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Wrentit, Townsend's Solitaire, Tricolored Blackbird, and American Dipper. Woodpeckers include American Three-toed, Black-backed, Lewis's, and White-headed. Our final stops are Ankeny NWR and Sauvie Island near Portland. These are excellent songbirding areas and great spots for scoping more waterfowl, raptors, and Sandhill Cranes. Bob Schutsky or John Puschock will lead this tour.
to Clatsop Spit & the Columbia River Mouth12 October 2013 - 15 October 2013, 4 days & 3 nights
Clatsop Spit and the extreme northwestern portion of Oregon lie at the mouth of the Columbia River. Birding areas include Coffenbury Lake for migrant songbirds and Wrentit. The South Jetty of the Columbia River has produced some of the most remarkable records in the state, including Yellow-billed Loon, Lesser Sand-Plover, Spotted Redshank, Long-toed Stint, and McKay's Bunting. This is THE best spot in Oregon to look for Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Ruff. Isolated brushy areas create a haven for migrant songbirds. Rarities have included Ash-throated Flycatcher, Mountain Bluebird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and a number of Eastern warblers. We will make short jaunts along the coast to look for new pelagic species and seek out any newly reported rarities. The extension will begin immediately following the regular tour and end mid-day on 15 October. We will stay all three nights at the same motel in Astoria. Either Bob Schutsky or John Puschock will lead this tour.