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Map your way to Tillamook Coast’s top birdwatching spots!

For avian aficionados, we’re proud to say that Oregon’s Tillamook Coast is really for the birds! Visitors and locals alike gather here to seek out a diverse variety of seabirds, waterfowl and birds of prey who all call this region their home.

From the open beaches and dunes to the mud flats and estuaries, to the wetlands and old-growth forests, we’ve mapped out the Tillamook Coast’s top birdwatching spots for you to explore and the kinds of birds you can expect to find there!

How to Use the Map: To browse locations, you can either use the list in the left column, which is sorted by type of destination. Or collapse that menu and use the zoom tools to browse in the map interface. (Note that locations in the left-hand menu only reflect those that are within the zoom boundaries.) You can also use the search field in the upper-right corner to find a specific location or activity. Each location launches a pop-up featuring expanded information, including amenities, fees, services, and often, photos. In the green navigation bar at the top, you’ll find options for helping you filter or show/hide locations, along with a legend, and sharing and printing options.

Tropical Kingbird

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Tillamook Forest Center

Situated smack dab in the middle of the Tillamook state forest, the Tillamook Forest Center’s extensive and engaging interpretive center allows visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the legacy of the historic Tillamook Burn and how it shaped sustainable forest management today. Eagle-eyed birdwatchers can spot bird species such as the Northern Pygmy-Owl and Pine Siskin in the nearby trail systems.

MacGillivrays Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler

Birds to spot:

  • Northern Pygmy-Owl
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Brown Creeper
  • Winter Wren
  • Varied Thrush
  • Pine Siskin
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • McGillivray’s Warbler

Bayocean Spit

The former home of the City of Bay Ocean Park, Bayocean Spit is surrounded by scenic Tillamook Bay and a hub for herons, birds of prey, and more.

Tillamook Coast Bayocean Spit

Peregrine falcon Cape Meares National Wildlife refuge
Peregrine Falcon

Birds to spot:

  • Tundra Swan
  • Red Phalarope
  • Brant
  • Snowy Egret
  • Horned Grebe
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Bald Eagle
  • Peregrine Falcon

Clay Myers Natural Area

An ecological melting pot, the Clay Myers Natural Area features forested areas, grasslands, fresh and saltwater wetlands and native dunes. The short loop trail is perfect for getting the lay of the land while providing ideal angles for spotting birds.

Birds to spot:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Sanderling
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Western Sandpiper
Sanderling
Northern Pygmy Owl
Northern Pygmy Owl

Cascade Head Nature Preserve

With hiking trails through beautiful sitka spruce/western hemlock forest, Cascade Head Nature Preserve offers birdwatching opportunities alongside breathtaking views of the Salmon River estuary, the Pacific Ocean, and Cape Foulweather.

Birds to spot:

  • Varied Thrush
  • Wrentit
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Northern Pygmy Owl

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

In addition to being the only place in the world to find Aleutian Cackling Geese, the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge harbors over 200 different species of wildlife across its coastal prairie, forest and wetlands. The Pacific View Trail in particular is one of the best spots in the refuge to look for birds.

Birds to spot:

  • Aleutian Cackling Geese
  • Dusky Canada Geese
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Mountain Quail
  • Barn Owl
  • Northern Pygmy-Owl
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Western Tanager
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Hermit Warbler
  • Red Crossbill
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Pacific-slop Flycatcher
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Hutton’s Vireo
  • Varied Thrush
  • Western Bluebirds
Aleutian Cackling Goose
Aleutian Cackling Goose

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge coast grassy trail

Birdwatching & Photography in Cape Meares

Pelican flying across clear sky with wings outstretched

What to know before you go

Never enter private property without the landowner’s express permission, stay on marked trails, and don’t disturb any active nests/nesting colonies, roosts, display sites, or feeding sites.

Remember to bring a spotting scope (or binoculars), and dress in layers for changing weather conditions. You’ll also want to make sure you have sturdy shoes for walking over varied terrain and a field guide to identify any birds you see!

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