Seaside Stories

Bird is the Word

February 24, 2013 | by Nate Burke

My mother was once gardening in the back yard when she heard a dull “thump” behind her on the lawn.  Startled, she veered round and discovered a medium sized salmon lying in the grass.  She looked down, puzzled. Considering that salmon don’t usually fly, she quickly deduced that the unlucky fish was dropped by one of the Bald Eagles nesting in the area.  As many people know, here on the North Oregon Coast, birds are our intimate neighbors and associates.

The area is brimming with diverse species.  Birds like the celebrated Snowy Owls from the arctic tundra that have recently made a surprise appearance at Fort Stevens.  There are regal and elaborately decorated Kingfishers that dive headlong from the air into the water.  At Broadway Park, Osprey pairs nest in the spring and summer and can be spotted hunting in the Neawanna River (you can even spy on the nesting birds by viewing the Osprey Cam live stream).

Sometimes, all you have to do is look up; but for the birding enthusiast planning their north coast expedition, the birding section of our website offers maps detailing all of the prime locations in the area.  Most of these choice birding areas happen to double as some of the most beautiful natural settings on the Oregon coast (which is an added bonus).

Considering how intertwined our daily lives are with our feathered friends, it’s no wonder that the local culture is steeped in both education and outreach.  The Annual Necanicum Bird Discovery Day, presented by the Necanicum Watershed Council, brings together local ecologists for a day of birding activities. From a guided bird walk, crafts and activities, to firsthand encounters with rescued birds, Bird Discovery Day is a great way to introduce all ages to the lush wildlife of the north coast.

Ever bump into some of the amazing wildlife in Seaside? We’d love to hear your traveler’s tales!

Leave a Reply

and so much more!

Seaside Lifeguards: A Fond Seasonal Farewell

Can you believe it’s almost Labor Day Weekend? Don’t fret!  We’re still probably in for some dynamic weather throughout Sep...

Learn More
Seaside Nightlife

Above photo: A group enjoys some live music in a photo by Don Frank. Some visitors come to Seaside for the beach, some for the att...

Learn More
Episode Five: The Historic Gilbert District

We explore the Gilbert District in this walk down memory lane

Learn More
Find a Beach Path Less Traveled By

A Sunday stroll along the beach at 12th Avenue in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
My First Trip to Seaside

Recalling a memorable first trip to Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
“World’s Largest”

A quick recap of Seaside

Learn More
Crabbing & Clamming as Seasiders Do

“How have you lived here this long and never crabbed?” That’s the question I kept asking my friends and gracious hosts in Se...

Learn More
Clamming and Crabbing Closures in 2015

With all of the recent closures in recreational clamming and commercial crabbing, it’s difficult to know what to share with visi...

Learn More
Haunted in Seaside? Just like all towns with a deep history, there's chatter of the spookier side too. We dive in to find out when and where.
Spookiest Spots in Seaside

A fair number of sites in Seaside are thought to be haunted. So we took a deep dive to see what locals and experts had to say about the paranormal.

Learn More
Kayakers paddle in the Necanicum Estuary
So Close, But a World Away

A couple explores Seaside as modern-day Lewis and Clark Adventurers

Learn More
Seaside Downtown Wine Walk
Seaside’s Spring Downtown Wine Walk

A deeper look inside an annual spring event in Seaside

Learn More
A Smashing Good Time

The vintage bumper cars are a seaside tradition and we check out their 2013 opening weekend,

Learn More
Paragliding on the North Coast

Adventure and fun with paragliding on Oregon

Learn More
Clamming in Seaside: Then & Now

A brief look at clamming in Seaside and Tillamook Head and a comparison of how they

Learn More
Establishing Another World Record

Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament establishes yet another record during stellar event.

Learn More
Northwest Travel Magazine: Best Eats on Oregon’s North Coast

Article on Best Eats on Oregon's North Coast

Learn More
Celebrating the Moms in Our Life

Honoring motherhood through a photo on the beach

Learn More
The Succulent Season

Celebrating the arrival of the Oregon Coast

Learn More