Some of the birding locations I have explored…
*Please note that this page is under constant construction! More details will be added the more I get out & explore.
- Address: 1399 SW Fern Hill Rd, Forest Grove, OR, 97117
- Website: http://www.fernhillnts.org/
- Notes: Especially popular to winter migrants. Trails are mostly flat but can be muddy. Currently undergoing serious restoration, but looks like the major construction is done; fantastic variety here. This trail is not a loop, you do have to back-track to the beginning. Volunteer opportunities abound to help restore this site; visit the website for details.
- Address: N Force Ave, Portland, OR, 97217
- Website: http://www.friendsofforcelake.org/
- Notes: Small lake located just off of Marine Drive West near the Expo Center; look for signs to Heron Lakes Golf Course. Several parking bays allow for wildlife observation from your vehicle. Surprisingly active despite proximity to major roadways. Website does not appear active, but still has a lot of great information.
Jackson Bottom Wetlands
- Address: 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Hillsboro, OR, 97123
- Website: http://www.jacksonbottom.org/
- Notes: A huge area to wander through a variety of wetlands areas. Many types of wildlife call Jackson Bottom home, making every outing worth the visit. Popular with several bird species year-round. Trails are mostly flat but can be very muddy, occasionally impassible due to high water.
Kelley Point Park
- Address: N Kelley Point Park Rd, Portland, OR 97203
- Website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/
- Notes: A multi-use park popular in the summer for river access. Flat trails. Tons of cottonwood seed floating about in the summer.
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
- Address: SE 7th Ave & Sellwood Blvd, Portland, OR, 97204
- Website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/
- Notes: Steep trail leads in from the south side of the park; trails may be slippery. Nice wooden lookout deck for waterfowl viewing. Near Ross Island, which hosts a great blue heron rookery.
- Address: 16160 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR , 97236
- Website: http://friendsofpowellbutte.org/
- Notes: There are several trails leading into the park in addition to the main parking lot. Climb up the butte is steep in most locations. Hosts a great deal of wildlife and several habitat areas, including grasslands. Multi-use trails, and dog friendly. Spectacular views from well above the city.
Sandy River Delta
- Address: Troutdale, OR, 97060
- Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/
- Notes: Also known as Thousand Acres, this is a huge park with a ton of birding activity. The location draws area rarities to its varied habitats. Multi-use trails are dog friendly. Even on busy days, the size of the park can make it feel empty as you wander miles of trails. Mostly flat terrain, may be muddy.
Smith & Bybee Lakes Wetlands
- Address: 5300 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR, 97203
- Website: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/smith-and-bybee-wetlands-natural-area
- Notes: The Interlakes Trail is flat and mostly paved, making it easy to visit in almost any weather; two bird blinds looking out at the lakes. Loops through riparian forest and wetlands. The kayak launch may also be a good spot to view shorebirds.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park
- Address: 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR, 97003
- Website: http://www.thprd.org/nature/naturalareas/tualatinhillsnaturepark.cfm
- Notes: A huge network of trails works through this park; many are well maintained and easy to follow, with the main trail being paved, but some of the side trails may have slippery or tricky footing. A huge variety of wildlife can be found here year-round. The park includes wetlands, ponds, riparian forest.
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
- Address: 19255 SW Pacific Highway (Highway 99W), Sherwood, OR, 97140
- Website: http://www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/
- Notes: The trails here are well-maintained and easily traversed. Some are seasonal (closed October 1st to April 30th). Primary trail in one mile long and ends at an observation deck with long-ranged views of the surrounding wetlands. Hosts a huge variety of wildlife. May be very busy on weekends.
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
- Address: 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland,OR, 97218
- Website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewPark&PropertyID=856
- Notes: This is a small park in a very urban location, just under 25 acres in size and with only a half-mile trail. The park includes two ponds and is beside a slough, which brings in a good variety of wildlife visitors. Parking is very limited.
- Address: 3344 NE Everett St, Camas, WA, 98607
- Website: http://www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks/parks/lacamaslake.html
- Notes: The park contains several miles of trails and links to the Lacamas Heritage Trail; woodland hikes are scenic and provide viewing opportunities for a variety of waterfowl, songbirds, birds of prey, and other wildlife.
Priest Point Park
- Address: 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia, WA, 98506
- Website: http://olympiawa.gov/community/parks/parks-and-trails/priest-point-park
- Notes: Trails here lead through steep ravines and may be muddy. Coastal birds may be found along the water, and forested habitat supports a variety of songbirds. The park also has picnic areas and other recreational activities.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
- Address: Carty Unit: 28951-29009 N Main St, Ridgefield, WA 98642; River S Unit: NW Tour Route Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642
- Website: http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ridgefield/
- Notes: The Carty Unit is open year-round and treks through forested areas as well as along wetlands. The River S Unit is open year-round as an auto-tour and seasonally as a walking trail (along with the Kiwa Trail). A huge variety of birds visit the refuge, making it a popular draw for the region’s birders. Day use fee of $3, visit the site for full details.
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
- Address: Lewis and Clark Hwy, Washougal, WA 98671
- Website: http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/steigerwaldlake/
- Notes: Located in a flood plane, the trails are largely flat and well maintained. Seasonally (Oct 1st-April 30th), one leg of the trail is closed to visitors to protect migrating birds. Home to a variety of wildlife. Sightings of bald eagles are common, especially along the edge of the refuge near the Columbia River. Northern harrier is also a fairly reliable sight.
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