It’s going to be a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend on the Oregon Coast!
So…what’s your pleasure? Camping overlooking a romantic beach?
Or maybe camping near the dunes? Sutton Campground is perfect – and Three Rivers Casino has a great Thanksgiving buffet!
Or how about steelhead fishing on the Alsea River? http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?TIDO3
The river level is dropping fast and it is clearing up. It should be good for the holiday weekend.
Once the river level drops, the crabs will be back in the bay too.
The storms sure stirred up the bull kelp. There was nothing on Tillicum Beach yesterday.
But today mounds of it were all over the beach!
Have a great Thanksgiving!
And wherever the holiday takes you, be safe.
I saw a pileated woodpecker the other day. He left before I could get the camera but this little Hairy Woodpecker wasn’t as camera-shy.
This hawk knows a good fishing spot when he sees it.
I’m not real sure what kind of hawk it is if it’s not a red-tailed.
He had enough patience that he finally went after something. I think he was actually “fishing” for birds.
There were a couple Belted Kingfishers working the river too. These are interesting looking birds. Their head looks out of proportion to their body.
The Belted Kingfisher is the most common kingfisher in North America and it’s the only one north of Texas and Arizona; according to my bird book.
Then the mallards flew up river, landed in the river and drifted down. I counted 14 at one time.
I’ve always admired the iridescent green head of the male mallard.
The Surf Scoter is one of my favorite sea birds. They have the odd-shaped bill with a little orange on it.
They were in the Alsea Bay fishing with everyone else; harbor seals and humans.
I wonder if this is one of the osprey that nest at Waldport High School?
He rests over the Alsea River.
He takes off.
And a big rubber ball to end the day.