Thursday, March 14, 2013

Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge - Oregon Coast Activities #14 of 101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast

Nestucca Bay
Oregon Coast Activities #14 Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge of 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast

One of the most popular Oregon coast activity is birdwatching. The Oregon Coast is a birdwatchers paradise! Year around, the Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge deserves a stop, but it's especially exciting in spring and fall. Located just south of Pacific City, Oregon, the Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge provides important winter habitat for the formerly endangered Aleutian Canada goose and serves as an important overwintering site for 15% of the declining population of the dusky Canada goose. Other subspecies of white-cheeked geese, including cackling geese (Taverner’s and cackling) and Canada (lesser and western), also use refuge pastures. The freshwater wetlands and estuarine habitats support thousands of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds.

In February 2012 alone, the Audubon Society of Lincoln City reported spotting:
Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Robin, American Crow, Purple Finch, Townsend Warbler, Hutton’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Mallards, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bald Eagle, Raven, Lincoln Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Red-tailed Hawk, Spotted Towhee, Bewick’s Wren, Song Sparrow, Pacific Wren, Northern Pintails, Dusky Geese, Great Blue Heron, Red-wing Blackbird, European Starling, Prairie Falcon, Canada Goose, Cackling Goose, Aleutian Goose,  Coot, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Stellar Jay, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Black Phoebe, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Gold-crowned Sparrow, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Northern Flicker, Northern Shrike, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Western Meadowlark, Northern Harrier

Grants Getaway featuring Nestucca Bay and Wildlife Refuge


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Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Oregon Coast Activities #14, from our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
Day trips from Sandlake Country Inn

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