South Jetty Siuslaw River

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Location

Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  http://www.oregonbirdingtrails.org/ Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 92. To access this area, go south of Florence, cross the Siuslaw River, and turn right on South Jetty Road.

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Habitat and Birds

This road will go west for a while but just before it bends to the right, turn off at the dog pond and park. Especially if no one else is in the area, this can be a good place to find interesting shorebirds, passerines, and raptors. After the road turns north, the 3rd parking lot on your left (the one with the restrooms) provides access to the deflation plain which used to be a hotspot for fall shorebirds. This is a huge area where you can make a round trip of several miles before returning to the parking lot. Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Ruff, both golden-plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, and Pectoral Sandpipers have all been found here. Stop frequently along the rest of the Jetty Road. It ends at the jetty itself. There are areas near the crab dock that can be good for shorebirds at mid to low tides. The beach may also host shorebirds. Scan the water carefully, as unusual species may be found floating on it or flying over it. Tropical Kingbird, King Eider, Yellow-billed Loon, Horned Puffin, and Elegant Tern are a few species that have been spotted in this area.

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