gray-crowned rosy finch

Birding Field Trips

Birds of a Feather Flock Together!

Half-Day Field Trips

black oystercatcher
Black Oystercatchers are easy to spot on offshore rocks as they probe for juicy invertebrates.

Half-day field trips are scheduled on the second Saturday of the month. These four-hour excursions are free and geared to anyone with an interest in learning more about birds and birding. Destinations include Finley, Ankeny and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges as well as city parks and other local natural areas. All levels of expertise are welcome. Led by Duncan Evered and Caryn Stoess.

Meet the other participants and leaders at 8:00 am by the Shelter in Willamette Park (end of SE Goodnight Ave.). We will carpool, returning noonish. Bring suitable outdoor gear as well as water and snacks. Weather may alter plans.

Email for more information and to sign-up.

Check What’s Happening on the ASC website homepage a few days before the field trip for updates.

white-tailed kite
White-tailed kites are frequent visitors to the Prairie Overlook at William L Finley National Wildlife Refuge.
Harlequin Duck
This handsome male Harlequin Duck takes a break from his hunt for aquatic invertebrates and small fish off the south jetty of Newport.

Multi-Day Field Trips

burrowing owl
A burrowing owl returns the gaze of the cameraperson.

A small army of folks have stepped forward to take a crack at carrying on the awesome field trips organized and led by Fred Ramsey for the past 50 years. These trips will reflect Fred’s vision and tread the paths forged by Fred with guidance and bird lists developed over the past half century.

ASC weekend field trips are led by experienced birders and travel is in rented vans. We stay in comfortable motels/dorms and enjoy meals at local restaurants. Tentative dates are now available for these multi-day Field Trips. Sign-up sheets will be offered at the December 2022 general membership meetings. To hold your place on a trip, your deposit of $75 needs to be received within a week of your signing up, otherwise, your spot may go to another. Click the link for more information or contact the leader listed. Link

– Rogue Valley – Apr. 28-30, 2023 (Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, California Towhee, Oak(!) Titmouse, Lazuli Bunting, Ash-throated Flycatcher, possible Great Gray Owl. plus Shakespeare Festival play “Rent”)  Info
– Malheur NWR -May 18-21 (Burrowing Owls, Golden Eagles, passerines, shore birds, waterfowl, Bobolink, orioles, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Snow Geese, Long-billed Curlews, Sandhill Cranes, Mountain Bluebirds, Gray Flycatcher)  Info
– Summer Lake – Jun. 12-14 (Black, White-throated, and Vaux’s Swifts, Snowy Plover, Common Poorwill, American Bittern, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, Yellow Rail, possible Crater Lake NP visit)  Info
– Bandon/South Coast – Sep. 18-20 (Sea ducks, including Long-tailed Duck; alcids including Marbled Murrelet; raptors, such as Red-shouldered Hawk and White-tailed Kite; marine mammals – Steller’s and California Sea Lion and Elephant Seal)  Info


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers flick their white-edged tails from side to side, scaring up insects for a tasty meal.