Stock Slough Owling Route

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From the south end of Coos Bay, 101 takes a sweeping left turn and then turns south again. Where the road turns south, go straight (east) on Newport Avenue. This road becomes the Coos River Hwy (Hwy 241). After the bridge, the road curves north for a while and it again curves east (this is the community of Eastside and the Millicoma Marsh). Stay on 241 as it leaves Eastside. Continue on until you cross the bridge at Catching Slough. Just past the bridge, turn right on East Catching Slough Road. Go 2.3 miles and turn left on Stock Slough Road. Travel 2.2 miles and turn right on road #26-12-4.2. This road is not signed but is paved for the first 4 miles. Bird this whole paved section (there are dirt side roads to explore if you have a local map).


Habitat and Birds

This route can be run in the daytime for passerines and raptors,  but the main draw here is the nighttime owling. The best time to bird is late winter or early spring.  Listen for Saw-whet, Western Screech, N. Pygmy, and Great Horned Owls along this road.  This is a good site for wintering raptors, and spring Western Bluebirds, and Black Phoebe.