Along the coast
Ducks and geese are beginning to move south and can often be seen and heard overhead in the evenings. Coastal estuaries are stop-over points for many of these birds as they gather resources and rest up for their long trip to wintering grounds. Several species that are not resident to the north coast may make an appearance and can be viewed during this time, including white-fronted and snow geese.
Ft. Stevens State Park
If you're in the area in early morning or late evening, be on the lookout for elk that inhabit the Park. They are often seen feeding in open marsh grass areas near Trestle Bay, adjacent to the Clatsop Spit Road. Visit the viewing bunker that overlooks Trestle Bay and offers viewing of gulls, terns, pelicans and some waterfowl. Migrating ducks from the north have recently been noted in the area, and those birds will only increase as fall progresses. Binoculars or a spotting scope are helpful to enhance viewing.
Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area
Elk viewing has been exciting at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Elk are in full rut with the bulls bugling and battling for dominance. The breeding season should start to wind down over the next couple of weeks. Best viewing times are early morning and late evening hours, depending on the weather. As fall temperatures start to drop and the rainy season starts, the elk should be visible in the meadows for longer periods during the day.
Visitors to the wildlife area are reminded that areas posted as "Wildlife Refuge" are closed to entry all year and posted portions of the Beneke Tract are closed during elk hunting seasons including general archery season.
Jewell Meadows is located in central Clatsop County along Hwy 202.
Three Arch Rocks Refuge Celebrates Centennial
Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge turns 100 years old on Oct. 14. It provides habitat for Oregon's largest breeding colonies of Tufted Puffins and Common Murre. With the breeding birds gone now, look for peregrine falcons and bald eagles on the tops of the rocks.
Cape Meares Lake
Cape Meares Lake, located west of Tillamook on Bayocean Spit, is a spot to find migrating waterbirds such as grebes, coots, and loons. Occasionally, bald eagles can be seen roosting in the tall spruce trees just south of the lake. Recent observations have shown that some migrating ducks from the north have arrived.