Yesterday morning I was sitting in my den looking out the window at the fog and waiting for it to clear out so we could go birding. I decided to check the Road Cams on the ODOT Trip Check site, and low and behold the Oregon Coast had sunshine. We made a change of plans, and were soon on our way, and were indeed greeted with bright sunshine when we arrived at Lincoln City. Our first destination was to check out Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. In the past, we have just driven past this refuge because no dogs were allowed, but in these post-Buster days we are continuing to visit places once off limits.
The parking lot is limited to short vehicles, and there is water access to put in canoes or kayaks, but the main event for pedestrian birders is the Alder Island Nature Trail. It's a graveled surface is a pure delight as it circles the island with great views over the sloughs and Siletz River.
A culvert allows for easy access to Alder Island and still allows for tidal water to ebb and flow.
Interpretive signs are well placed to aid in understanding the flora and fauna of the refuge.
Our complete experience was amazing. This moves to the top of the list for birding locations that we will be returning to this winter. You can see our bird list with photos here.