"When the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached Cape Disappointment in November 1805, they made little mention of birdlife at the mouth of the Columbia River, except for a gathering of California Condor feeding on a dead whale, and that members of the expedition shot a Brant on the Oregon side of the river. They reveled in reaching the Pacific Ocean, but they were more concerned about the endless winter rains and finding shelter than bird-watching. Habitats: Saltwater marsh, freshwater marsh, sandy beach, mixed forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Brown Pelican; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Brant; Greater Scaup; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plover; Ruddy and Black Turnstones; Surfbird; Rock, Baird’s, and Pectoral Sandpipers; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Band-tailed Pigeon; Shorteared Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo." Read more
"Travel through a tranquil old-growth Sitka spruce and western hemlock forest perched on a bluff at the treacherous mouth of the Columbia River. And admire sweeping views of the ﬁshing community of Ilwaco on Baker Bay, set against the rolling backdrop of the cloud-cloaked Bear River Range.
Lined with alders and sword ferns, the trail immediately begins climbing, soon coming to a junction. Head right, you’ll be returning on the left. At 0.2 mile, come to a junction that offers a shorter loop (0.5 mile) option." Read more