We had an excuse to go to Newport a few days ago. So we did a South Jetty lunch and watched the sea birds near the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
We couldn’t tell for sure what these were from a distance so we drove out a little closer.
We were pretty sure the large ones were loons. But the way the smaller ones had their faces tucked into their chest made them hard for me to identify.
Once they lifted their heads we could tell they were grebes. Turns out, they are Western Grebes. (Is the plural of grebe, grebes or grebe?)
This one got a little mouthy.
Then we zoomed in on the loons and turned to an expert to identify them as adult Common Loons.
They are coming into their breeding plumage.
Another of my favorites is the Surf Scoter.
I love the contrasting colors on the Surf Scoter’s big bill.