Neawanna Ecological Observatory (aka Neawanna Mill Ponds or Seaside Mill Ponds)More Info Directions
Public parking at 45.889619, -123.962783
From Hwy 101 take 2nd St exit, follow to Hemlock St, turn S (L) and use public parking lot on corner of Hemlock and Gower St (link above).
From the parking lot, walk west on Gower to the beach access and you will see Haystack Rock to your left.
Habitat and Birds
Best time to visit is at low tide. The base of Haystack Rock is a rocky intertidal zone.
Tufted Puffins can be seen from April to August (Haystack Rock is the best place on the Oregon Coast for that species). During breeding season, Western Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Oystercatchers and Common Murres can be seen well. Additionally, during summer Harlequin Ducks, Brown Pelican and sometimes Peregrine Falcon can be seen. During winter, Great Scaup and Surf Scoters can be found.