We choose to go to the coast on Monday after what I was sure was the mad house of Sunday. It was a good decision and in part because we were in the car, not the motorhome, we discovered some new birding locations.
Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy
I found this new location on eBirds Hot Spots, and it is a real gem, small but compact, and loaded with birds. Amazingly this is tucked away in busy crowded Lincoln City. This is a must return. Here is our observation list complete with photos.
Rocky Creek State Park
Rocky Creek State Park in located on the south-side of Whale Cove. Just installed this month is a new observation deck looking over Whale Cove. It was a slow day for ocean birds in the cove, but we will be back. A scope would be handy here. Be forewarned that this trail lacks signage and takes persistence to find the observation deck at this time. I'm sure Oregon State Parks will improve the trail and post signs to direct people in the near future.
Depoe Bay City ParkDepoe Bay City Park is not actually new to us, we have been enjoying it for several years. It too is hidden away and overlooked for the most part. A wonderful trail follows up along the creek from Depoe Bay into thick coastal forest. The thing we discovered here is that when the afternoon winds pick up on the ocean, this is a great little protected escape. Here is the eBird Hot Spot.