Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington: May 18—24, 2014
An Introductory Birding Tour
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- May 19, 2013: Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington
- May 20, 2012: Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington
- May 22, 2011: Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington
- Jun 06, 2010: Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington
Past Field Lists:
- May 19, 2013: Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington: PDF (57.7 KB)
- May 20, 2012: Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington: PDF (59.8 KB)
- May 22, 2011: Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington: PDF (71 KB)
- Jun 06, 2010: Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington: PDF (69.9 KB)
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Columbia River Gorge— Photo: Brian Gibbons
Great Northwest nesting season birding and wildflowers set in the superb scenery of the Columbia Gorge, snow-capped Mt. Adams, and Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Birds include a potential ten plus woodpeckers including White-headed and Lewis’s, and Williamson’s Sapsucker. Great Gray Owl likely most years.
The towering basalt cliffs of the lower Columbia River Gorge rank among the most scenic places in the United States. The tour route follows the oak-clad slopes of the Columbia Gorge east from Portland through varied habitats that offer a wide variety of birds, other wildlife, and a brilliant array of wildflowers. We have two nights at Mt. Adams Lodge, at the foot of 12,281-ft. Mt. Adams in the South Cascades. This comfortable lodge offers fine food, sits in a large area of forested grounds, and its feeders are busy with grosbeaks and other finches, and four hummingbird species including Calliope. Nearby Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge hosts nesting White-headed Woodpeckers, Cassin’s Vireos, and Gray Flycatchers. The mountains and foothill habitats nearby hold Hermit Warblers, Common Poorwills, and many other species, from Western Tanagers and MacGillivray’s Warblers to American Dippers and Lazuli Buntings. The oaks along the Columbia are a summer home to lovely Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Ash-throated Flycatchers, and lots of bluebirds.
After two nights near Mt. Adams, our route continues east along the Columbia Gorge, then south into Oregon’s Blue Mountains, where mountain birds such as Williamson’s Sapsuckers and Golden Eagles are a good bet. Nesting Great Gray Owls are a good bet most years. Extensive freshwater marshes nearby are home to nesting Cinnamon Teal, Virginia Rails, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and Sandhill Cranes with chicks. High elevation grasslands provide nesting areas for Long-billed Curlews, Gray Partridge, and Chukar. The scenic beauty and wildlife diversity of this tour will make for a very memorable week, at an ideal season to travel in the Pacific Northwest.
Very good accommodations and cuisine; moderate walking; moderate weather from lowlands to mountains.