Though the west side of the slough is now closed, with scopes there are several good viewing points that will allow the birder good views of the slough. As you enter North Bend, look for signs that direct you to Ocean Beaches and Charleston. Turn right on Virginia Street and travel west about 7 blocks. On your left you will see the Pony Village Mall. There are several businesses on your right that border the slough. Pull into the parking lot closest to the slough channel that runs under Virginia Street and scope the slough (mid-tide is best). To get a different view of the slough, backtrack east a block or so and take a left (north) on Monroe street. Travel 4 blocks and turn left on Florida Street (43.411869,-124.229261). Park at the west end of Florida and walk down to the slough along the trail.Directions
Habitat and Birds
Shorebirds and waders are the primary attractions here though raptors, ducks, grebes, pelicans, and loons can be seen at higher tides. Great Egret, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Short-billed Dowitcher can all be found here with some regularity. Rarities to look for include both American and Pacific Golden-plover, Willet, Ruff, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, and Ruddy Turnstone. Keep an eye out for fall Tropical Kingbirds and check the teal flocks for Eurasian Green-winged Teal. A Stilt Sandpiper was here in 1982. In winter watch for a over wintering Osprey and Red-shouldered Hawk.