October 22, 2014

Netarts Bay Coastal Trip

This is my second annual trip to the coast in October. Maggie came along too this time. She was excited to smell some sea birds and the stinky cattle of Tillamook.

At Pacific Oyster we watched Cormorants, Black Turnstones, Caspian Terns, and on the third visit we saw two Elegant Terns. Grebes were present and so were Dunlin and more.

The weather was unsettled most of the trip, but overall we managed to dodge showers.

Hundreds of Brown Pelicans were in Netarts Bay and the best views were at a boat landing.

We stumbled upon a new park near the sewage treatment ponds in Bay City. Kilchis Point Reserve is 200 acres of woodland trail that goes out to the bay. Park info can be found here. It's dog friendly and beautifully developed. The trail work was impressive. It is still being built so some areas required boots in the rainy weather. They were moving gravel when we were there.

On the day we discovered it we only walked a short ways and spent half an hour there. We returned the next day to walk the 1 mile out to the bay. We totaled 28 species on our visits. With a scope we might have seen more at the bay. It has the potential to be a great birding spot.

There were lots of Newts everywhere, but none would pose for me.

At the end of the trail:



  1. I love seeing Maggie out and about! The new park sounds pretty cool, I'll have to check it out next time I'm out there. Pelicans really never get old, do they?

  2. How I love the newts and yarn bomb!!! :) I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!


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