Western Gulls and Cormorants nest on the rocky cliffs on the Oregon Coast. The gulls are near the top while cormorants like a more risky location.
I think seagulls hatch laughing.
Cormorant chicks apparently hatch pooping. If you see streaks of white on the cliffs, look for a nest at the top of the white streak.
The Great Blue Heron nests in tree tops but fish in rivers, bays and tidepools.
I love the contrast of colors on the Pigeon Guillemot: black body, white patch on wings, red legs.
The mouth lining is also bright red-orange during courting season. The Pigeon Guillemot is one of the few members of the auk and puffin family to lay 2 eggs. They also feed in shallower water.
Even when I can’t find any starfish I LOVE tidepooling.
My sweet hubby took me tidepooling this morning and he’s not even that into it. I feel so loved!
We went to Seal Rock where, oddly enough, I’ve only seen 2 seals in the 8 years we’ve been here. It was a gorgeous day!
Anemones disguise themselves by holding onto shell pieces when they close.
It can get pretty windy on the beach but it usually comes up later in the morning or afternoon. We decided to get an early start and it had to be timed with low tide; of course.
We parked at Seal Rock State Park which has a clean restroom, picnic tables and paved ramp that goes almost to the beach. The last 20 feet or so are loose rocks.
Can you barely see the seagulls on top of the cliff on the left side of the photo above?