Detailed Itinerary
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker (above and
including the banner photo).
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Harry Fuller
For more information or to register for this trip, call Charles or Alison at
888-203-7464 or Charles directly at 720-320-1974 or by email at
info@PIBird.com.
Day 1:  Arrival (Flight Info). Mar 16, 2014

Most participants will travel to Portland and arrive at the
airport prior to 10 AM on arrival day. Some participants
may choose to fly in the day before and spend an extra
night (at an additional cost) close to the airport. Others
may meet the group at or near the airport at around 10 AM
arrival day.  Anyone arriving the night before can meet with
guide, Harry Fuller, for dinner.

Everyone should try for a flight home after 3 PM to allow for
early morning birding travel to Portland. Group should
arrive at Portland Aieport around 1:30PM.Please contact
us before booking your flight so that you understand the
group’s plans well.  Booking flights outside these time
frames can result in additional lodging and transport costs.

Day 1:  Sauvie’s Island

We pick up birders at Portland Airport and go straight to
Sauvie’s Island: Sandhill Crane, Trumpeter Swan, Cackling
and Greater White-fronted Goose, Glaucous-winged,
Thayer’s, and Western Gull, possible Glaucous Gull,
Rough-legged Hawks and Short-eared Owls.  Several
species of grebe (including Red-necked) plus three loons
species (Common, Pacific, Red-throated) possible on the
Columbia River.

We will spend that first night in Astoria (just a short walk
away from some barking California sea iions).  Astoria is
the first English-speaking settlement west of the
Mississippi.  It is about 80 miles west of Sauvie’s Island.

Day 2:  Astoria, Mar 17, 2014

Here, Lewis & Clark spent their winter in Oregon in 1804-5.  
They were the first American explorers to discover
numerous western species including, Western Tanager,
Sharp-tailed Grouse, Lewis’s Woodpecker and Clark’s
Nutcracker.  Just over thirty years later John Townsend and
Thomas Nuttall came here, crossing the Great Plains on
foot with fur traders. They added numerous new species to
the list of known birds in North America, including
Townsend’s  Warbler, Black Oystercatcher, and several
others.

West of Astoria is the mouth of the Columbia River, on the
south (Oregon side) is Clatsop Spit. In the winter there are
a dozen possible gull species including Slaty-backed (rare)
from Asia.  Pacific Loons outnumber the other species
here.  All three Pacific cormorant species (Brandt’s, Pelagic
and Double-creasted) occur along with Brown Pelicans, all
the northern grebes, and various near-shore alcids like
Cassin’s Auklet.  There will be thousands of Sanderlings
and a mixture of other shorebirds including Black
Turnstone, Surfbird, and Black-bellied Plover.

Along the coast south of Clatsop Point, we will look along
the rocky shoreline for three types of Scooter and
Harlequin.

We will spend a second night in Astoria to set up for an
early departure northward the next morning.

Day 3:  Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Mar 18,
2014

We head north into Washington State.  We will stop at the
Mt St Helens Visitors center where we can bird along a
boardwalk through a marshy lake shore.  Further north On
I-5 near Olympia is Nisqually Refuge. It’s about 160 miles
from Astoria.  It combines freshwater and brackish marsh
with riparian rain forest.  Here we could add Northern
Shrike, Pileated Woodpecker,  Varied Thrush, Chestnut-
backed Chickadee, Spotted Towhee, Golden-crowned
Sparrow and any freshwater ducks we have missed.
Several western gull species are also common here.

Day 4:  Olympic Peninsula, Mar 19, 2014

From Olympia we head north to the Olympic Peninsula.
Along the peninsula, we should add Harlequin Duck for
sure, Long-tailed Duck, possibly Snowy Owl, and Brant.  
We may find Harlequin, both goldeneyes and Brant loafing,
along the shoreline of Hood Canal.  Alcids possible here
include Pigeon Guillemot, Rhino Auklet, Marbled Murrelet.  
Other birds we will see include Red-necked Grebe, Red-
throated Loon, Common Loon and Pacific Loon.

Day 5:  Puget Sound, Mar 20, 2014

This morning we ferry and drive to Port Townsend where
we take a ferryboat to Whidbey Island. We expect to see
several alcid species and this is our chance at an Orca
sighting! The group will return to Sequim for the night.

Day 6:  Departure  , Mar 21, 2014

In the morning, we will have time for roadside birding while
heading to Portland for afternoon flights home (after 4 PM).
Pacific Northwest
Birding and Wildlife
Photo by Harry Fuller
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Minneapolis Audubon and All Birders Welcome