The Pacific Northwest ecosystem is as diverse as those who call it home and those who explore it on vacation. From the sandy beaches found right beside Tolovana Inn to the lush trails of Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach has a little bit of everything. The diverse landscape isn’t limited to the flora, though. There are several species of animals you can spot during your adventures, including the puffins who reside in this Oregon town.
What to Know about the Feathery Residents
Not only is Haystack Rock one of the most recognizable landmarks in Cannon Beach, but it is also home to the largest on-shore population of tufted puffins in the continental U.S. The group of birds, known as a circus, are most often found here between April and August before heading to the open ocean in winter.
Puffins are considered endangered, which is why it’s important to keep your distance. Remember, you can look, but you should never approach or touch. To learn more about how you can protect and sustain the puffin population in Cannon Beach, check out the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.
How to Spot the Birds
Tufted puffins are known for their red-rimmed eyes and large orange-red bills. The best time to spot them is between 8 and 11 a.m. when they are often fishing to feed their young.
You can try to spot the birds without the help of any equipment as you walk along the beach. However, for the best chances to see them, you’ll want to set out during low tide with some type of scope or binocular. Another great option is to sign up for the Cannon Beach Birdwatching Walking Tour.
Enjoy a Waterfront Escape with Tolovana Inn
If you’re ready to breathe in the salt air, pack your bags and head to Tolovana Inn. Our oceanfront resort in Cannon Beach is steps away from the sand and Haystack Rock, which is the best place to spot puffins in Oregon. Go for a sunrise stroll along the before setting off on memorable adventures.
After each fun-filled day, rest up back in your cozy guest room or suite. Our coastal resort features a range of accommodation options, including two-bedroom suites and oceanfront studios. Before booking your stay, visit www.tolovanainn.com to learn more about what you can expect out of your stay, including on-site amenities or ways to save.