Because of temperatures in the ninetis es in Salem, Jeanette and I decided to escape to the coast for a couple of days. I looked for a destination that would have a campground and good birding, and selected Whalen Island in the Sand Lake area south of Tillamook. Whalen Island has a county park with a campground and is right next to the Clay Meyers State Natural Area. Arriving at the campground we found out that the cost for one night was $37.50, no water, electric or sewer, and on top of that there was no cell phone service. We opted out of staying there, but decided to spend the morning birding at Clay Meyers before moving on to check out different camping options.
Clay Meyers State Natural Area has a good trail that loops through a mixed forest with occasional open views to wet lands and sandy beaches. We were pleased to be able to hunt down some Red Crossbills busy with harvesting cone seeds.