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 from August through June. These five-hour excursions are geared to people with an interest in learning more about the birds (and their biology) that can be found in the immediate Corvallis area. Locations include Finley, Ankeny and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges as well as city parks and other local natural areas. New and experienced birders welcome. Led by Duncan Evered and Caryn Stoess.

Meet the other participants and leaders at 7:30 am by the Shelter in Willamette Park (end of SE Goodnight Ave.) for a pre-birding introductions and social over a cup of tea. We will carpool and leave by 8:00 am, returning noonish. Bring suitable hat and shoes, raingear, bug spray, or sunscreen as appropriate. Weather may alter plans. Remember water and snacks!

Registration is required. A donation to Audubon Society of Corvallis Audubon is requested. Contact CorvallisAudubonSecondSaturday@gmail.com for more information and sign-up.

Check the Midvalley ListServ 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.

ASC weekend field trips are led by experienced birders to the best local and regional birding spots. Travel is in rented vans, and we pool expenses, stay in comfortable motels, and enjoy meals at local restaurants. All levels of expertise are welcome to participate on these trips  If you’re a beginner, we’ll help you find and identify birds. If you’re an experienced birdwatcher, you can suggest a favorite place. We also watch for other animals and even plants! Signup sheets are available at the Field Trip table during the ASC general meetings. If you would like to organize and lead a tour to a different part of Oregon or for more information, contact Fred Ramsay.

  • Bandon, March 27-29 -This trip starts with Yaquina Head and proceeds down through birding hotspots along the Oregon Coast. Late wintering waterbirds – loons, grebes, scoters, goldeneyes, Harlequin Ducks – are the main issue. We take time to sort through a variety of gulls and cormorants. Old Town Bandon welcomes us with terrific seafood. We explore the Coquille River basin up to Myrtle Point and the south coast as far south as Port Orford. This is an easy way to start a year of birding that should produce something around 275 species for your Oregon list.
  • Klamath Basin, April 17-19 – The great goose-duck-shorebird migration at three national wildlife refuges.
  • Rogue Valley, May 1-3 – Chaparral specialties with chances for Great Gray Owl; and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s offering of Peter and the Starcatcher.
  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, May 16-19 – ASC’s 51st annual trip to one of America’s greatest birding destinations at the height of the songbird migration.
  • Summer Lake, June 19-21 – Snowy Plover, Common Poorwill, American Bittern, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and maybe Yellow Rail. All are possible on this venture into the high desert.
  • Steens Mountain, July 23-25 Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-Finches and Greater Sage-Grouse are the principal targets. The magnificent Steens Mountain is worth the trip regardless of what success we have with birds
  • Shorebird Search, August 21-23 – The goal is to find where the shorebird migration is ongoing around these dates. Locations and even the dates are flexible.

To secure spaces on any of these trips, sign up at an ASC General Meeting or contact Fred Ramsey at flramsey5@ comcast.net or 541-753-3677.