Once in Bandon, start at Filmore street north to the boat basin (43.119830, -124.411706). At the end of 1st Street, park in front of the old Coast Guard facility (43.121121, -124.418763). From the end of 1st Street, take South Jetty Road out to the Jetty (43.122292, -124.428220). About a mile down this road is a sandy area with rocks and pilings (43.120036, -124.423945). Just west of the first pull out is a small pond (43.119398, -124.427386) that harbors various waterfowl. Continue along Beach Loop Road to the end. For other adventures around Bandon, check out the site guides for Coquille River/South Jetty, Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge/Ni-les’tun Unit, Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge/Riverside Drive, Coquille River Valley, Coquille Point, and Face Rock Wayside.Directions
Habitat and Birds
As you travel along the boat basin and old docks, watch for resting shorebirds and waders, gull wads, loons, pelicans and the like. Behind the Coast Guard facility and heading west check for roosting “rockpipers” at high tide. Look for both Black and Ruddy Turnstones here, and in winter Rock Sandpiper. During migration, watch for godwits, Willet, and Whimbrel. Drive out to the end of the road and check the river mouth for water birds, and sea ducks. Pish the brushy deciduous areas along Beach Loop Rd. for passerines. There is a good overlook behind Face Rock Hotel for scanning off shore rocks and the ocean. There is a city park in Bandon with a good variety of passerines and woodpeckers, with a view of the ocean.