Category: Oregon Level IV 1b

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the fourteenth installment of the “Site Guide”. It covers a couple of spots in the Clatskanie area.
This guide will be published in a series of installments:

Overview of Columbia County (5/9/14 post)
Habitats of Columbia County (5/9/14 post)
Birds of Columbia County – Overview (5/9/14 post)
Birding Sites of Columbia County – Individual installments, and associated Bird Lists of the Sites in Columbia County:
Introduction (5/12/14 post)

Columbia River Sites – South to North
Sauvie Island (5/12/14 post)
Scappoose WTP and Kessi Pond (5/14/14 post)
Crown Zellerbach Trail – East End (5/15/14 post)
Scappoose Bottoms (5/19/14 post)
Scappoose Bay (5/29/14 post)
St. Helens WTP and Knob Hill Park (5/30/14 post)
Gray Cliffs Waterfront Park and Dalton Lake (6/1/14 post)
Dalton Lake Trail, Columbia City, Dyno Nobel, Nicolai Wetlands, Gobel Marina (6/17/14 post)
Trojan Park, Carr Slough, Prescott Beach, Laurel Beach CP (6/22/14 post)
Rainier Waterfront, Dibblee Point, Rainier Dike Rd (6/24/14 post)
Erickson Dike Rd, John’s Slough (6/25/14 post)

(A link to a downloadable copy of this guide is found in the first installment of this series)

Here is a map of all the locations mentioned in this guide.

Columbia River Birding Areas

22) Erickson Dike Rd. (OBT):
Location/Directions: (46.12046, -123.19938) From the center of Clatskanie turn north onto Nehalem. Drive to the end of the road (a few blocks) and it becomes 5th. Go west on 5th which becomes Beaver Falls Rd. At 0.8 miles from Hwy 30 take a left turn onto Depot Rd. Staying to the right, go 0.5 miles and turn left onto Erikson Dike Rd.

Habitat and Birds: This is a drive along a dike that follows the channeled Clatskanie River. The rest is agricultural, cottonwood plantations, and one decent gallery type woodlot. Ducks and divers, sparrows, and open country raptors are to be expected.

Erickson Dike Rd. (PL) – 33 species, 3, (5/14/14)

Cackling Goose Canada Goose Mallard
Greater Scaup Lesser Scaup Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron Great Egret Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk Killdeer Wilson’s Snipe
Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker Merlin Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay American Crow Black-capped Chickadee
Pacific Wren Ruby-crowned Kinglet Hermit Thrush
American Robin European Starling Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird Brewer’s Blackbird House Sparrow

 

23) John Slough:
Location/Directions: (46.15992, -123.14743) – From center of Clatskanie turn north onto Nehalem (stop signal). Drive to the end of the road (a few blocks) and it becomes 5th. Go west on 5th which becomes Beaver Falls Rd. and eventually Quincy Mayger Rd. 5.5 miles from Hwy. 30 turn north onto Kallunki Rd.
Habitat and Birds: This slough is tidal and birds change with the tide. The area also has a channel view of the Columbia that can be scanned for all manner of river birds, loons, grebes, gulls and ducks in season. No patch list has been generated.

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Mid-November in the Columbia River Drainage Districts of Clatsop County

The Brownsmead area of Clatsop County is a unique area in the county.  It is bordered by the Columbia River and Coastal Upland forests.  The ecoregion is mapped as Level IV: (1b) Coastal Uplands, but it only has small intrusions of that region’s bio-communities.  As with all drainage districts along the Columbia it is maintained by a series of dikes, drainage canals, and pump stations.  When the rains return in the fall there is quite a bit of shallow flooding of the land making habitat quite hospitable for waterfowl.

The attraction this day was the reported Cattle Egret, but the whole area can be easily covered in a half a day even if you dally with a walk along Fish Lane and Bug-hole road.  This leaves plenty of time to poke around on Svensen Island.

Notable sightings included the target bird, two Red-shouldered Hawks, Greater White-fronted Geese, a Eurasian Widgeon, a juvenile Northern Shrike and a Pileated Woodpecker.

Ecoregion: Level IV: (1b) Coastal Uplands

eBird Lists:
Brownsmead
Svensen Island