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Clatsop Beaches

On the northern Oregon coast in Clatsop County, from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north spit of the Necanicum River.

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On the northern Oregon coast in Clatsop County, from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north spit of the Necanicum River.

Location: The northern Oregon coast, from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north spit of the Necanicum River. Includes the ocean side of Clatsop Spit, Columbia Beach, and Sunset Beach in Clatsop County, Oregon.

Description: Roughly 15 miles of wet and/or dry sand beach.

Ornithological Highlights: This stretch of beach has consistently (in season) hosted huge congregations of shorebirds (primarily Sanderlings) and sometimes large flocks of gulls. The following bird records are from Marshall et al. (2003): A flock of 80,000 Sanderlings on Clatsop Beach 23 Jul to 6 Aug 1983 is the largest single assemblage reported in Oregon. Three other peak counts include: 20,000 Sanderlings on 21 May 1977 on Sunset Beach, 1,200 Sanderlings per mile near the south jetty of the Columbia River on 15 May 1978, and an estimated 30,000 Sanderlings in 3 mi of beach near the south jetty of the Columbia River on 25 May 1978.  An estimated 1,200 Heermann's Gulls were observed on Sunset Beach, Clatsop Co., in Oct 1980. On 28 Oct 1980, 1,500 Herring Gulls and 800 Thayer's gulls were among a migrant gull concentration on Clatsop Beach.

For more information on Clatsop Beach IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database

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Location: The northern Oregon coast, from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north spit of the Necanicum River. Includes the ocean side of Clatsop Spit, Columbia Beach, and Sunset Beach in Clatsop County, Oregon.

Description: Roughly 15 miles of wet and/or dry sand beach.

Ornithological Highlights: This stretch of beach has consistently (in season) hosted huge congregations of shorebirds (primarily Sanderlings) and sometimes large flocks of gulls. The following bird records are from Marshall et al. (2003): A flock of 80,000 Sanderlings on Clatsop Beach 23 Jul to 6 Aug 1983 is the largest single assemblage reported in Oregon. Three other peak counts include: 20,000 Sanderlings on 21 May 1977 on Sunset Beach, 1,200 Sanderlings per mile near the south jetty of the Columbia River on 15 May 1978, and an estimated 30,000 Sanderlings in 3 mi of beach near the south jetty of the Columbia River on 25 May 1978.  An estimated 1,200 Heermann's Gulls were observed on Sunset Beach, Clatsop Co., in Oct 1980. On 28 Oct 1980, 1,500 Herring Gulls and 800 Thayer's gulls were among a migrant gull concentration on Clatsop Beach.

For more information on Clatsop Beach IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database

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