Birding Tillamook

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
Robert Lynd

There are few things I enjoy more than birding, except perhaps, writing down the birds I’ve seen with a favorite fountain pen.  I saw some amazing birds in the Tillamook area and I took over 200 photographs on January 12, 2015.  There are just a few here because when I returned home, I realized a setting on my camera had been bumped and most of the photos were not useable.  It happens to everyone eventually I guess.  Lesson learned.  Regardless, my list for the day topped out at 44 species, bringing my Big Year total to 69 species so far.  I have a good start on the year, that’s for sure.

The stars of today included the Tundra Bean-goose (from Russia), a few Common Loon’s, a female Ruddy Duck, a couple of Lesser Scaups, Canvasbacks, a Cooper’s Hawk  and a Western Grebe.  I had amazing views of a Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and of course the goose.

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Tundra Bean-goose Netarts National Wildlife Refuge January 12, 2015

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Red-tailed Hawk January 12, 2015

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List of species seen today:

Netarts, Oregon:

  • Herring Gull
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Common Merganser
  • Western Gull
  • American Crow
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Surf Scoter
  • Bufflehead
  • Bald Eagle
  • Common Loon

Bay Ocean Spit, Tillamook County, Oregon:

  • Stellars Jay
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Common Loon
  • Common Raven
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • American Wigeon
  • Northern Pintail
  • Canvasback
  • American Coot
  • Song Sparrow
  • Bufflehead
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Gadwall
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Grebe
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Ruddy Duck
  • European Starling
  • American Robin
  • American Crow
  • Mourning Dove
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Rock Dove


  • Tundra Bean-goose (Nestucca WLR)
  • Canada Goose (Nestucca WLR)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Nestucca WLR)
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Nestucca WLR)
  • Coopers Hawk (Hwy 101)
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Hwy 101)
  • Mallard (Hwy 101)
  • Northern Shoveler (Scappoose, Oregon)
  • Sandhill Crane (Scappoose, Oregon)
  • Canada Goose (Scappoose, Oregon)
  • Western Scrub Jay (Scappoose, Oregon)
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow (Scappoose, Oregon)
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Scappoose, Oregon)

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