By Stefan Schlick
The little Hamlet of Gales Creek is along Hwy 8 northwest of Forest Grove. If you are coming from Portland, it's better to take 6 west to the 8 turnoff and go 2mi south.
The main draw is Chipping Sparrow. I've had them in town quite a few times as well. Drive Potts Rd, Soda Springs Rd and Old Wilson River Rd as well, as there could be some interesting birds uphill. Look for Cassin's Vireo along Potts Rd. Bird the town on foot, there usually is a stocked feeder with lots of finches. The creek crossing can be interesting as well