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Audubon Birding Day: Birds of the Oregon Coast with John Rakestraw *FULL*

This day trip pairs nicely with John’s Birds of the Coast digital class on May 4.

Participants will drive themselves as we explore the coast around Cannon Beach and Seaside. We will visit Haystack Rock for its specialties, including Tufted Puffin, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Harlequin Duck, and Black Oystercatcher.

On this trip, we can expect three cormorant species, three scoter species, three loon species, and a few gull species. Shorebird migration should still be going strong, and freshwater sites should provide a variety of waterfowl and migrant songbirds.

Bring food and water, and dress for the weather.

Masks are optional on this outdoor program.

A photo of two pigeon guillemots on the water.
Pigeon Guillemot, photo by Becky Matsubara

Take in the beauty of shorebird migration!

Join John Rakestraw during shorebird migration and explore some of the best sites from Seaside north to Fort Stevens.


Rest stops: We will be visiting several sites, with breaks in between.
Sun exposure: Full
Amenities: Restrooms near each site (with plumbing!)


Walking Distance: Up to 4 miles
Elevation Change: None
Trail: Sandy beach, firm gravel trail, cobblestone beach
Pacing: Relaxed

Trip Details

  • Leader: John Rakestraw
  • Date and time: May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $65 members / $85 non-members

  • Limited to 10 participants
  • This is a self-driving trip. John will send out meeting details.


May 6
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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