Wood Ducks are the most colorful ducks I’ve seen on the Alsea River.
Wood ducks like swamps and slower moving water. This part of the Alsea is affected by tides. So when the tide is lower, the edges are kind of swampy. Of course the drakes are the most colorful; with the beautiful orange eyes. But the hen’s white markings around her black eyes are also striking.
I went out at sunset in hopes to see the Supermoon rise over the Alsea Bay. The eastern sky was covered by clouds so I focused on the sunset.
The sun sets pretty far north in August. It still amazes me how much it changes from summer to winter. In the winter the sun will set at the mouth of the bay.
Here’s a view of the sleepy little town of Waldport from the archway on the Alsea Bridge.
The cormorants were resting on the underside of the bridge. You can tell by the white poop that they nest above this area. There were other cormorants hanging out but this one had something on his back that I wanted to get a closer look at. There were about 5 dead cormorants there too. I assume that’s common?
I didn’t want to give up on the moonrise too soon; in case it surprised me by popping through the clouds. So I crossed over to the east side of the bridge. No seals on the sandbar, just evidence of their haulout. But something caught my eye and I had to go investigate while I watched the sky change.
Waldport has a Green Bike program. This one looks like it has a twisted back tire but, otherwise, might be salvageable if someone can get out to the sandbar at low tide.
Time to call it a night. I’m sad the moon didn’t show up but happy to see the sunset with all its beautiful colors.