Category: Oregon Level IV 3a

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the eleventh installment of the “Site Guide”. It covers the area between the north end of St Helens and north to the Gobel Marina.

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)

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

10) Dalton Lake Trail (OBT):

Location/Directions: (45.87444, -122.8123) At the north end of St Helens there is a stop light intersection. Deer Island Rd goes to the east and Liberty Hill Dr to the west. Take Deer Island Rd and just after crossing the RR tacks turn left onto Oregon St. Drive a short distance to a parking area directly across from the Humane Society animal shelter. A paved trail heads north paralleling Hwy 30 for a while.

Habitat and Birds: There is a wooded trail that leads down to an impoundment lake. Expect woodland birds, migrants, and the lake can have ducks and grebes. There is a view of the river which can be scanned for all manner of river birds, loons, grebes, gulls and ducks in season. I’ve only been here once so I don’t have a good feel for the possible birds but would not expect it to be much different than many locations with the same habitat. It gets a touch of Douglas Fir understory that could add a bit of color. A Clark’s Grebe has been reported from here.  No patch list has been generated.

 

11) Columbia City Water Front:

Location/Directions: (45.890475, -122.806322) In Columbia City off of Hwy 30 take First St. to the east, drive a few blocks to the end and park at the little city park here that overlooks the river.

Habitat and Birds: this is just a tiny city park. The river view can have all manner of river birds, loons, grebes, gulls and ducks in season. An adjacent park area holds residential type passerines. I’ve only been here a couple of times so I don’t have a good feel for the possible birds but would not expect it to be much different than many locations with the same habitat. It’s really just another place to scan the Columbia.  No patch list has been generated.

 

12) Dyno Nobel Dike Rd:

Location/Directions: (45.91545, -122.82756) 1.7 miles north of the stop light on Hwy 30 in Columbia City.

Habitat and Birds: This is a new patch. The land is privately held and requires permission to access. A permit can be obtained at the Dyno Nobel office across the street. This is a pretty nice little patch of Columbia River bottomland. There is a slough that runs under the dike that had wood ducks on it in May. There is a track road that runs along the top of the dike but is not part of the Dyno Nobel property and gated, but there is a graveled road that parallels the cooling water outlet that goes down to the river. There is also a jeep track that goes into a large stand of Cottonwood and also goes out to the river. A couple of hours here turned up over thirty species.

12) Dyno Nobel Dike Rd: (PL) – 33 species, 1 (5/25/14)
 

Wood Duck Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron
Osprey Bald Eagle Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee Willow Flycatcher Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay American Crow Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee Brown Creeper House Wren
Bewick’s Wren Swainson’s Thrush American Robin
European Starling Cedar Waxwing Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat Yellow Warbler Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee Song Sparrow Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird Bullock’s Oriole American Goldfinch

 

13) Nicolai Wetlands:

Location/Directions: (45.99232, -122.87465) There is a pull-off along Hwy 30 which overlooks this wetland – 1.7 miles south of Gobel and 4.3 miles north of Deer Island.

Habitat and Birds: Viewing conditions are limited and difficult as it right on Hwy 30. A small patch list has been generated from only a handful of short stops. The wetlands have geese, swans, and ducks in winter; waders all year, and passerines in the trees along the Hwy. This area could be very productive if the birding wasn’t such a challenge.

13) Nicolai Wetlands (PL) – 22 species, 2 (5/14/14)

Cackling Goose Canada Goose Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan Gadwall American Wigeon
Mallard Ring-necked Duck Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Bald Eagle Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker Western Scrub-Jay American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee Ruby-crowned Kinglet Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow

 

14) Gobel Marina (OBT):

Location/Directions: (46.01596, -122.87413) Turn off of Hwy 30 into the marina area at the only cross road in town. 15 minutes free parking.

Habitat and Birds: This is a good area to scope the sheltered bay. The river can have all manner of river birds, loons, grebes, gulls and ducks in season. Purple Martins nest in the area. I’m not familiar with the area and no patch list has been generated.

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Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the tent installment of the “Site Guide”. It covers the fourth and fifth of five sites in the environs of St. Helens – Gray Cliffs Waterfront Park and Dalton Lake.

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)

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

Columbia River Birding Areas

9) Gray Cliffs Waterfront Park:

Location/Directions: (45.868271, -122.79874) At the end of the St. Helens Marina in Old Town. Turn west on to Columbia Blvd off of Hwy 30 and go 1.3 miles to St. Helens St., turn left twice down to the marinas and park at the parking lot at the end of the road.

Habitat and Birds: The river view can have all manner of river birds, loons, grebes, gulls and ducks in season. The area is pretty reliable for Horned and Western Grebes in winter and a Clark’s Grebe has been reported. Bald Eagles (year around) and Osprey (in summer) are regular. A few passerines are in the area along the bank and up the cliff in the residential trees. Nesting Purple Martins share the pylons in the harbor with nesting Ospreys. A scan of Sand Island Marine Park can also turn something up. After leaving the park drive to the end of Columbia where there is a little park. This affords a view of the south end of Sand Island. Caspian Terns (in spring) and gulls roost on the sand spit here. It’s worth the stop.

10) Dalton Lake Trail (OBT):

Location/Directions: (45.87444, -122.8123) At the north end of St Helens there is a stop light intersection. Deer Island Rd goes to the east and Liberty Hill Dr to the west. Take Deer Island Rd and just after crossing the RR tacks turn left onto Oregon St. Drive a short distance to a parking area directly across from the Humane Society animal shelter. A paved trail heads north paralleling Hwy 30 for a while.

Habitat and Birds: There is a wooded trail that leads down to an impoundment lake. Expect woodland birds, migrants, and the lake can have ducks and grebes. There is a view of the river which can be scanned for all manner of river birds, loons, grebes, gulls and ducks in season. I’ve only been here once so I don’t have a good feel for the possible birds but would not expect it to be much different than many locations with the same habitat. It gets a touch of Douglas Fir understory that could add a bit of color. A Clark’s Grebe has been reported from here.

 

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the ninth installment of the “Site Guide”. It covers the second and third of five sites in the environs of St. Helens – St. Helens WTP and Knob Hill Park.

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)

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

Columbia River Birding Areas

7) St. Helens WTP:

Location/Directions: (45.856638, -122.799887) In St Helens turn west on to Columbia Blvd off of Hwy 30 and go 1.3 miles to St. Helens St (Old Portland Rd), turn right and go .4 miles to 7th St., turn left and follow 7th for 0.25 miles, past the Armory to Plymouth St. Then turn left down to the St. Helens WTP and Knob Hill Park.

Habitat and Birds: The main attraction is the water works ponds for ducks and gulls in winter. Mew Gulls can number in the 100’s in winter. The edges of the empounded water can have an irregular shore bird in the rip rap… Rarities include Heerman’s’ Gull, and Surf Scoter.

8) Knob Hill Park:

Location/Directions: (45.856638, -122.799887) Adjacent to the St. Helens WTP

Habitat and Birds: This is a small scrub Oak grove with a walking loop trail. Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatch, migrant and breeding passerines can be expected here. A couple of vantage points allows for a scan of the Columbia which can have all manner of river birds; loons, grebes, gulls and ducks in season. Frequently Bald Eagles can be seen soaring past or perched in the area trees. Purple Martins nest in the pylons at the river’s edge.

7 & 8) St. Helens WTP & Knob Hill Park (PL) – 67 species, 11 (5/25/14)

Cackling Goose Canada Goose Tundra Swan
Wood Duck Gadwall Mallard
Northern Shoveler Green-winged Teal Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter Bufflehead Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser Western Grebe Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron Osprey Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk Killdeer Spotted Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe Heermann’s Gull Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull Western Gull California Gull
Herring Gull Glaucous-winged Gull Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove Mourning Dove Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher Red-breasted Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker Steller’s Jay Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow Common Raven Purple Martin
Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee Bushtit White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper Pacific Wren Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet Ruby-crowned Kinglet American Robin
Varied Thrush European Starling Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat Yellow-rumped Warbler Townsend’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee Song Sparrow Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco Black-headed Grosbeak Red-winged Blackbird
House Sparrow

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

Site Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the eighth installment of the “Site Guide”. It covers the first of five sites in the environs of St. Helens – Scappoose Bay Marina.

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)

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

Columbia River Birding Areas

6) Scappoose Bay Marina (OBT):

Location/Directions: (45.82869, -122.8384) South of St. Helens, turn east onto Bennett St. and take Old Portland Rd North to the Scappoose Bay Marina. There is a day use fee required. Next to the rest rooms are a set of parking places that allow free 10 minute parking. I confess to stretching this to a half an hour.

Habitat and Birds: There is a small paved trail through a Cottonwood gallery woods. There are views of Scappoose Bay which can have all manner of river birds, loons, grebes, gulls and ducks. A Red-necked Grebe has been seen here. Piliated Woodpeckers are regular and for some reason Stellar’s Jays love this place and to find a dozen or so is common in winter. The Cottonwoods hold White-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, and the usual migrant and breeding passerines.

6) Scappoose Bay Marina (PL) – 82 species, 16 (5/25/14)

Greater White-fronted Goose Cackling Goose Canada Goose
Tundra Swan Wood Duck Gadwall
American Wigeon Mallard Northern Pintail
Hooded Merganser Common Merganser Ring-necked Pheasant
Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Osprey Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk Rough-legged Hawk Sandhill Crane
Greater Yellowlegs Ring-billed Gull Western Gull
California Gull Glaucous-winged Gull Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove Mourning Dove Vaux’s Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker American Kestrel Western Wood-Pewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Steller’s Jay Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow Common Raven Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee Bushtit White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper Pacific Wren Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet Ruby-crowned Kinglet Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush American Robin Varied Thrush
European Starling Cedar Waxwing Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat Yellow-rumped Warbler Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler Spotted Towhee Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow Golden-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco
Western Tanager Black-headed Grosbeak Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch Purple Finch American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Field Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

Field Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the seventh installment of the “Field Guide”.  It is an account of one of the three sites found in proximity to the town of Scappoose – the Scappoose Bottoms.

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)

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

Columbia River Birding Areas

4) Scappoose Bottoms – Honeyman Rd (OBT):

Location/Directions: The loop starts at the Dike Rd intersection right next to the Crown Z trail, 1.7 miles from Hwy 30 where it is Columbia Avenue. Here is a map of the area with suggested stops.

Habitat and Birds: Honeyman is 7.5 miles long from Dike Rd (zero your odometer) to when it intersects with W Lane Rd. It is mainly agricultural land managed for cattle. The last 1.4 miles is up out of the bottoms and into a rural residential area. There are numerous places to pull off the road and all are worth the stop to scan the fields and scrub plantations for raptors, herons, egrets and ducks. Sparrows can be thick and a special stop should be made 1.4 – 1.5 miles past Dike Rd. There is a small pullout on the west side of the road just past the line of tall Cottonwoods. These trees and the field to the east can be very productive. Especially in winter for sparrows where you can easily pick up all regular wintering sparrows including White-throated. Scan all of the visible tree tops for raptors, eagles, and falcons. Continuing on the road north there are all manner of opportunities to pull over and search the road sides for sparrows, scan for raptors and ducks in the flooded fields and sloughs. Traffic is typically light so stopping on the road is usually safe. At 3.6 miles past Dike road there is another place to pull over on the west, just past the Ellis’ ponded slough. There are usually ducks on the pond in winter and the willow thickets to the south are productive in migration. The fields should be scanned for geese, ducks and waders. At 3.9 miles at the 90 degree property line curve is a great place to pull out. Scanning the fence posts and trees in this area usually produces a Rough-legged Hawk in the winter. Short eared owls have been reported here as well and Northern Shrikes have turned up now and then in winter. The Ellis’ manure sprinkler draws large concentrations of gulls, but it is usually pretty far from the road but not always. A Glaucous Gull was reported from this area. The rest of the road is about the same; ponds, sloughs, and road side kack. At mile 4.9 there is another little pull off on the north and across the road is a stand of Garry Oaks. Who knows what can turn up here? I keep hoping for Acorn Woodpeckers. Note needs to be made of the Cal Portland Wildlife Preserve which is just another 1000 ft up the road. I personally do not know what this place holds as permission is required to enter and the office is always closed on the weekends. Maybe one could call ahead of time. Rarities include: Ross’ Goose, White-tailed Kite, Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Franklin’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl, and Black Phoebe.

Scappoose Bottoms (eHS) – 136 species (5/12/14)

Greater White-fronted Goose Snow Goose Ross’s Goose
Cackling Goose Canada Goose Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan Wood Duck Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon American Wigeon Mallard
Cinnamon Teal Northern Shoveler Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal Canvasback Redhead
Ring-necked Duck Greater Scaup Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead Common Goldeneye Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser California Quail Ring-necked Pheasant
Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Cormorant American Bittern
Great Blue Heron Great Egret Green Heron
Turkey Vulture Osprey White-tailed Kite
Golden Eagle Northern Harrier Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk Northern Goshawk Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk Rough-legged Hawk Virginia Rail
Sora American Coot Sandhill Crane
Killdeer Greater Yellowlegs Dunlin
Least Sandpiper Long-billed Dowitcher Wilson’s Snipe
Franklin’s Gull Mew Gull Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull California Gull Herring Gull
Thayer’s Gull Glaucous-winged Gull Glaucous Gull
Rock Pigeon Band-tailed Pigeon Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove Great Horned Owl Short-eared Owl
Vaux’s Swift Anna’s Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher Red-breasted Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker Pileated Woodpecker American Kestrel
Merlin Peregrine Falcon Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher Black Phoebe Say’s Phoebe
Northern Shrike Steller’s Jay Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow Common Raven Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow Black-capped Chickadee Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit Red-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper Pacific Wren Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush American Robin Varied Thrush
European Starling American Pipit Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler Common Yellowthroat Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee Savannah Sparrow Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow Lincoln’s Sparrow White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow Golden-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak Lazuli Bunting Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark Brewer’s Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole House Finch Purple Finch
Pine Siskin Lesser Goldfinch American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

 

Field Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the sixth installment of the “Field Guide”.  It is an account of one of the three sites found in proximity to the town of Scappoose – the Crown Zellerbach Trail.

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)

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

Columbia River Birding Areas

3) Crown Zellerbach Trail – East End (OBT):

Location/Directions: (45.75407, -122.85001) A large parking area is another 0.7 miles from the WTP along Columbia Ave.  Parking is on the east side of the road. The trail can also be accessed from the west end off of W. Lane Rd., or in the middle at the end of Miller Rd which is a road off of Columbia.  Here is an interpretive map.

Habitat and Birds: From the Columbia Ave parking area the trail goes both east to the Multnomah Channel and west past some wetlands. The flooded fields and ponds hold Ducks, Geese and Swans; Polygynum bogs host American Bittern, Virginia Rails, and Sora; raptors cruise the fields and use the trees for roosting, Red-shouldered and Rough-legged Hawks in winter, and Northern Harrier, Red-tails, Bald Eagles and nesting Osprey all occur here. There are good Woodpecker habitats along the trail and Piliated are common. At the east end, overlooking the Channel, a Great Blue Heron rookery has been established on Sauvie Island (2012-2014), the Osprey have a platform, and Purple Martins use the old dock pylons as nesting sites. At the far west end around West Lane Rd there is a stand of Douglas Fir that will have a touch of variety for your list. A Brambling was seen along the trail in 2011. Overall this is a very productive couple of miles of trail.  Rarities include: Golden Eagle, Townsend’s Solitaire, Black Phoebe, Whimbrel and American Tree Sparrow.

3) Crown Zellerbach Trail – East End (eHS) – 145 species (5/12/14)

Greater White-fronted Goose Snow Goose Cackling Goose
Canada Goose Tundra Swan Wood Duck
Gadwall Eurasian Wigeon American Wigeon
Mallard Cinnamon Teal Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck Lesser Scaup Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye Hooded Merganser Common Merganser
California Quail Ring-necked Pheasant Pied-billed Grebe
Western Grebe Double-crested Cormorant American White Pelican
American Bittern Great Blue Heron Great Egret
Green Heron Turkey Vulture Osprey
Golden Eagle Northern Harrier Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk Bald Eagle Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk Rough-legged Hawk Virginia Rail
Sora American Coot Sandhill Crane
Killdeer Spotted Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs
Whimbrel Dunlin Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher Wilson’s Snipe Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull Western Gull California Gull
Herring Gull Glaucous-winged Gull Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon Eurasian Collared-Dove Mourning Dove
Barn Owl Western Screech-owl Great Horned
Vaux’s Swift Anna’s Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher Red-breasted Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker Northern Flicker Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel Merlin Peregrine Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher Western Wood-Pewee Willow Flycatcher
Black Phoebe Northern Shrike Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay Western Scrub-Jay American Crow
Common Raven Northern Rough-winged Swallow Purple Martin
Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow Black-capped Chickadee Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit Red-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper House Wren Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren Bewick’s Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Townsend’s Solitaire Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush American Robin Varied Thrush
European Starling American Pipit Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler Common Yellowthroat Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler Townsend’s Warbler Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee American Tree Sparrow Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow Song Sparrow Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco Western Tanager Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting Red-winged Blackbird Western Meadowlark
Brewer’s Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch Purple Finch Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch American Goldfinch Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow

 

Field Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the fifth installment of the “Field Guide”.  It is an account of one of the three sites found in proximity to the town of Scappoose; the area around the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP).

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)

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

Columbia River Birding Areas

2) Scappoose WTP and Kessi Pond:

Location/Directions: (45.752803, -122.857377) A parking area is located next to a pretty useless observation platform 1.0 miles east of Hwy 30 on Columbia Ave.

Habitat and Birds: The pond to the north is marshier than Kessi pond to the south. It tends to hold a different set of birds. This area is good for Ducks, Geese and Swans in the winter, and Green Herons are regular in the spring. Rarities include Black Pheobe and American Tree Sparrow. The area is pretty good for migrant and breeding passerines in the willows and cottonwoods along the road. The Cottonwoods have hosted all of the local woodpeckers. Kessi pond is getting harder to scan as vegetation grows in along the road. Great Horned Owls have nested in the woods to the north.  Obviously any couple of acres that can produce over a hundred different species is worth the stop.

2) Scappoose WTP and Kessi Pond (eHS) – 108 species ( 5/12/2014)

Cackling Goose Canada Goose Tundra Swan
Wood Duck Gadwall Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon Mallard Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal
Canvasback Ring-necked Duck Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead Hooded Merganser Common Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Green Heron Turkey Vulture
Osprey Northern Harrier Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk Bald Eagle Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail American Coot Sandhill Crane
Killdeer Spotted Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher Wilson’s Snipe Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon Band-tailed Pigeon Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove Vaux’s Swift Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird Belted Kingfisher Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel Peregrine Falcon Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher Warbling Vireo Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay American Crow Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow Cliff Swallow Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee Bushtit Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren Bewick’s Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Swainson’s Thrush Hermit Thrush
American Robin Varied Thrush European Starling
Cedar Waxwing Orange-crowned Warbler Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler Wilson’s Warbler Yellow-breasted Chat
Spotted Towhee American Tree Sparrow Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird Brewer’s Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole House Finch Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch Evening Grosbeak House Sparrow