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Audubon Birding Day: Gulls of the North Coast with John Rakestraw

The Oregon Coast hosts a great diversity of gulls in winter. On this trip, we will seek out the various species, studying the characteristics that make each one unique. We could find 8-12 species of gulls depending on the weather conditions. We will also enjoy waterfowl, grebes, seabirds, and perhaps some lingering shorebirds. We will bird sites from Cannon Beach to Fort Stevens. 

  • You will drive yourself. Bring food and water. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Your leader will send out meeting location details about one week before the program.


Distance: Less than two miles total walking
Elevation Changes: Mostly flat, may include a few stairs or small hills
Trail tread and Average Width: Sandy beach, Cobblestone beach
Pacing: Slow
Rest Stops: We will be visiting various sites with driving breaks in between.
Sun Exposure: mostly sun
Amenities: Bathrooms at most sites
Public Transit: Not available

A Ring-billed Gull stands upright on a rock with a gray sky.
Ring-billed Gull, photo by Mick Thompson

Take your gull knowledge to the field!

Join us on a trip to the northern coast to study the year's biggest variety of gull species. Side-by-side comparisons will help you solidify your gulling skills.


Trip Details

  • Leader: John Rakestraw
  • Date and time: October 28, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $90 members / $110 non-members

  • Limited to 12 participants
  • This is a self-driving trip.


October 28
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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