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Black Bear on the Alsea River

The day started off slow enough for wildlife viewing.  We saw our first turtle ever in Oregon.

alsea river turtle
Sunning Turtle

A little later in the day, as we were sitting on the deck and planning the next step of our jetty project, we saw a bear cross the Alsea to the opposite side of the river.

bear crossing alsea river
Now we know where the Bear Crossing is

He walked into the trees so we watched to see if he’d come out in the field and run down the route we’d seen him on previously.  But then we saw him down by the river and making his way on the river bank.  So we watched and videoed (is that a word?  spellchecker didn’t like it spelled videod)

[youtube http://youtu.be/rO-VADZp2FE]

He swam right past us!  It’s like living on a wildlife thorofare!

alsea river bear
Bear swimming in the Alsea River

These photos were taken just a few miles west of Blackberry Campground.

Ripe Blackberries on the Alsea River

These Wood Ducks know what to do at high tide!

[youtube http://youtu.be/YKyvOrt2Jh8]

Looks like they found a treasure trove of blackberries.  Too bad they can’t jump higher.  Nobody else is going to eat them.

wood duck drake
Wood Duck Drake

I had no idea that ducks ate berries but other birds do so why not!