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June 16, 2023 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

Field Trip: Woodpeckers of Portland at Sandy River Delta *FULL*

We’ll aim for an early start to beat the heat as we search for Portland’s five woodpecker species and whatever else is moving around.

In addition to woodpeckers, the open habitat and proximity to water make the delta a productive place for early open country migrants and can be a great place to search for shrikes, Say’s Phoebes, Yellow-breasted Chat, and a variety of migrating birds, sparrows, and raptors.

Notes on location and parking

The entirety of the Sandy River Delta is a popular off-leash dog park. Folks with a fear of dogs should probably pass, as there are some extra-friendly pups out there. Additionally, the park can be very muddy in the spring. We will be hiking on flat trails but will hike for 3-4 miles on uneven terrain. Appropriate footwear (muck boots or waterproof hiking boots) is a must.

Ahead of the trip, please pay the new $5.00 per vehicle per day fee at the machine (credit cards only) in the parking lot. Or, display a valid pass: NW Forest Pass. Oregon & Washington State passes are NOT accepted.

$45 – $65

Join us for the companion classes to this field trip:

Understanding Woodpeckers with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • June 7, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Portland Woodpeckers with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • June 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Woodpeckers with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • June 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Downy Woodpecker, photo by Scott Carpenter

Join us for a Field Trip to Sandy River Delta!

Explore the unique open habitat of the Sandy River Delta, searching for woodpeckers.



Distance: About 3-4 miles
Elevation Changes: 40 feet
Trail Tread and Width: Flat, packed dirt trails, some uneven terrain
Pacing: Slow, with frequent stops to view and listen to birds.
Amenities: 2 Vault Toilets in the parking lot; large parking lot with ADA parking spaces
Public Transit: No public transit
Rest Stops: No benches along the route

Field Trip Details

  • Date: June 16, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Class fee: $45 members / $65 non-members


June 16, 2023
7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Bird Alliance of Oregon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
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$45 – $65


Tara Lemezis