Brief Overview of the Trip
The weather in the Pacific Northwest is milder and wetter
than winter in much of the rest of the continental United
States.  As it is much warmer, with plenty of open water,
winter brings many Arctic-breeding birds to the shores,
bays and beaches of Oregon and Washington.

With six excellent days of bird watching in the field,  we
should see twenty-five waterfowl species (including a
number of Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Pacific
Loon, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, White-winged
Scoter, Surf Scoter, Brant, a number of Pacific Ocean
alcids, Rhinoceros Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot, Cassin's
Auklet and more). We could find as many as a dozen gull
species (including Glaucous-winged Gull, Western Gull,
Glaucous Gull, and Thayer's Gull). A number of Pacific
specialty shorebirds (Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Black
Oystercatcher) can be found here. Other Pacific coast
specialties include Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated
Woodpecker, Pacific Wren, Varied Thrush, Chestnut-
backed Chickadee, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Fox
Sparrow, Wrentit and Hutton’s Vireo. Many of these
species are unknown, difficult to find, or just rare outside
of California, Oregon and Washington.  We also have
plans to find Snowy Owl, but this can be difficult and
requires some luck.  We did find one in 2013, as well as
the even less expected Northern Goshawk.
Day 1:  Arrival before 10 AM, then off to bird Sauvie’s
Day 2:  Birding Astoria area, including Fort Clatsop
where Lewis & Clark wintered in 1804
Day 3:  Birding at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
near Olympia
Day 4:  Birding the Olympic Peninsula north to Sequim
Day 5:  Puget Sound birding; ferry boat will take us
across open water for seabirds
Day 6:  Bird our way south. After 4 pm Departure from
Brief Itinerary
Trip Description
Photo by Bill Schmoker (above and
including the banner photo).
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Pacific Northwest, USA
Pacific Northwest Birding and Wildlife
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