Peoria and Fayetteville are two little villages located on the Willamette River about 10 miles south of Corvallis. From I-5 South-bound, take exit 228 (Corvallis Exit) and travel west for 2.3 miles to Tangent. Turn left (south) on Pacific Blvd SW (Hwy 99) and travel 6.5 miles south to Fayetteville Dr. Turn right (west) and begin to bird the flooded fields and groves along this road. After 1.8 miles, the road junctions with Peoria Road. Turn left (south) and travel a half mile to Peoria. If coming from I-5 south, take exit 216 (Hwy 228 exit) and travel west on 216 for about 1.5 miles to Halsey. Turn right (north on Hwy 99 and go about 5 miles to Fayetteville Drive. Turn left (west) and follow the directions above. Park at the church on the south end of town and walk the length of the two main roads. Many bird feeders are in the area and plenty of vacant lots have been taken over by blackberries.Directions
Habitat and Birds
Although it is most famous as the place that produced Oregon’s only Pyrrhuloxia in the winter of 2008-2009, Peoria is a good birding location, especially in winter. Downy Woodpecker, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Western Screech Owl, Bewick’s Wren, and Palm Warbler have all been found here. Watch for Black Swifts in the fall.