The Brownsmead area can be accessed by traveling east from Knappa on Hwy 30 for 2.7 miles (if you’re coming from the east, it’s about 18 miles west of Clatskanie). Turn north on Ziak-Gnat Creek Lane. Go 2 miles and turn right on Barendse Road. Cross the bridge and turn left on Pentilla Road. Scan the river for birds along this road. Take Jackson Road NE and scan the fields for waterfowl, sparrows, and raptors. Turn left at Brownsmead Dike Lane and go a short distance to Fish Lane. Take Fish Lane for .7 miles and turn right on Bug Hole Road. Bug Hole will take you to the river. You can bird up and down this road looking for rarities.
Habitat and Birds
Some of the more interesting species found in the Brownsmead area include Arctic Loon, Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Gyrfalcon, White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Palm Warbler.