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Siletz Bay

Siletz Bay and estuary is located on the north-central Oregon coast about 4 miles south of Lincoln City.

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Siletz Bay and estuary is located on the north-central Oregon coast about 4 miles south of Lincoln City.

Location: On the north-central Oregon coast, about 4 miles south of Lincoln City, northern Lincoln County.

Description: Includes Siletz Bay as well as the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Habitats include submerged areas (water), mudflats, sandflats, and lower salt marshes.

Ornithological Highlights: Counts at this site have surpassed 100 Brown Pelicans, 5,000 waterfowl, 1,000 shorebirds, and 50 Caspian Terns. Occasionally, usually due to large schools of anchovy entering the bay, huge pulses of gulls, pelicans, and other species swarm into the bay to make use of the bountiful resources. Great Blue Heron and other wading birds use the bay and there is a small heron rookery on the refuge. Virginia Rail and Sora make use of the freshwater / brackish wetlands and tidal marsh / meadow-nesting species such as Savannah Sparrow, Marsh Wren and Common Yellowthroat are abundant. A diversity of raptors such as Osprey, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, and Red-tailed Hawk are commonly observed hunting prey withing the marshes and mudflats.

For more information on Siletz Bay, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: On the north-central Oregon coast, about 4 miles south of Lincoln City, northern Lincoln County.

Description: Includes Siletz Bay as well as the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Habitats include submerged areas (water), mudflats, sandflats, and lower salt marshes.

Ornithological Highlights: Counts at this site have surpassed 100 Brown Pelicans, 5,000 waterfowl, 1,000 shorebirds, and 50 Caspian Terns. Occasionally, usually due to large schools of anchovy entering the bay, huge pulses of gulls, pelicans, and other species swarm into the bay to make use of the bountiful resources. Great Blue Heron and other wading birds use the bay and there is a small heron rookery on the refuge. Virginia Rail and Sora make use of the freshwater / brackish wetlands and tidal marsh / meadow-nesting species such as Savannah Sparrow, Marsh Wren and Common Yellowthroat are abundant. A diversity of raptors such as Osprey, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, and Red-tailed Hawk are commonly observed hunting prey withing the marshes and mudflats.

For more information on Siletz Bay, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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