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Northern Pintail on Eckman Lake, Waldport, Oregon

Eckman Lake is full of birds!

Mallards, Gadwalls, American Wigeon, Bufflehead
Mallards, Gadwalls, American Wigeon, Bufflehead

…top feeders and diving ducks

Ring-necked Duck in the middle
Ring-necked Duck in the middle

The ring-necked duck has a white ring around his bill, not his neck.

Common Merganser - black head, white body
Common Merganser – black head, white body

The common merganser is the big one in the foreground.

Northern Pintail - youth and adult
Northern Pintail – youth and adult

And a new bird (for me)…the Northern Pintail!  They’re Purdy!

Eckman Lake Ducks

Eckman Lake, near Waldport Oregon, gets pretty busy with ducks in the fall.

gadwall and ring-necked duck
Left-to-right: male Gadwall, male Ring-necked Duck

I’ve been trying to take the time for a month to stop and take a closer look.

american wigeon, gadwall, pied-billed grebe
Left-to-right: male and female American Wigeon, male Gadwalls, Pied-billed Grebe

I was alone this afternoon and didn’t get any back-talk when I said to myself, “Self, you should stop and take a closer look at those ducks.”

american wideon and ring-necked ducks
Left-to-right: male American Wigeon, Male Ring-necked ducks, maybe 1 female Ring-necked duck

I have to admit, though, I needed help in identifying them.  Range Bayer, local bird expert, knew exactly what they were when I showed him my pix.

I don’t know who named the ring-necked duck.  The only ring I see is around their bill.

bufflehead
Bufflehead and ?

I can see that the bird in the foreground is a Bufflehead but I’m not sure what the one in the background is.  Could it be a female Bufflehead?

Alsea River Steelhead Fishing

These Buffleheads are the fishing experts.

Buffleheads
Buffleheads

The Alsea River is clear and low right now.

Alsea River - Feb 15, 2013
Clear and Low

This is just at the end of the tidewater.

Beautiful day on the Alsea River
Beautiful day on the Alsea River

You’ve got to be really sneaky to fish in this crystal clear river!

Drift Fishing the Alsea River
Drift Fishing the Alsea River

This drift fisherman is fishing the deep holes.

Check out this video for some winter steelhead fishing tips on the Alsea River from OregonSteelheader: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAXghZHWFR8

That’s an elk you bufflehead!

Although I can see out both sides of my house from my computer desk, the windows are not really in my peripheral vision.

Tidewater Elk Herd
Tidewater Elk Herd

Don pointed out a few elk across the river so I, of course, grabbed the camera and quietly walked out onto the deck; hoping I wouldn’t startle them into leaving.

3 Elk Spikes
3 Elk Spikes

The rancher just put up the fence last summer.  This is the first time we’ve seen the elk in that field since last winter.  I can see 3 bulls in this shot.

The river is fairly high this time of year.  We saw the herd on our side of the river just a week ago.  I wonder if they swim across or use the bridges?

2 Spikes Spar Over Tagged Cow Elk
2 Spikes Spar Over Tagged Cow Elk

Sorry this one isn’t in focus but it’s the only one I got with the tagged cow in it.  I haven’t seen her since early last summer.

Healthy Elk Cows
Healthy Elk Cows

The bulls weren’t bugling but the cows were calling.  The young bulls paid attention to the calls.  It was fun to listen to them and watch their behavior.

Net
If you lost a net off your dock I can tell you where it is!

Don!  Look!  Need a net?

Treasure Across River
Treasure Across the Alsea River

You can cast across the river and pull it back!

Bufflehead Male
Bufflehead Male

There was a lot of activity in the water today too.  There were 3 or 4 Buffleheads and a Hooded Merganser closer to our side of the river .

Bufflehead Female
Bufflehead Female

That’s a female Bufflehead on the left.  The male, on the right, is diving.

Hooded Merganser Male
Hooded Merganser Male

I got a better shot of the merganser today.  I was wrong about the tail.  Looks like they swim with it down after all.

I love watching and listening to wildlife!

Surf birds – Central Oregon Coast

The best place to watch the water birds, on the Central Oregon Coast, is from the South Jetty in Newport.  The Wine & Seafood Festival is this weekend but the jetty wasn’t where the crowds were yesterday.  Again, we drove through Burger King and took our lunch to the jetty.
I’m pretty sure this is a male Bufflehead.  Buffleheads weigh about 13 oz.  They have the distinctive markings of white on the back of the head and a white body with black wings.
Male Bufflehead
Male Bufflehead

Here is a Surf Scoter couple.  These birds weight about 2 pounds so they are over twice the size of the buffleheads.  Suf Scoters are mostly black. The male has a white patch on the back of the head.  They both have a hump on their bill and the male’s bill has a pretty orange pattern on it.

Surf Scoter Couple
Surf Scoter Couple

I think these are a couple young Loons.  They are smaller than the adult Loon and the parent kept a pretty good eye on them.

Young Loons
Young Loons

 The Pacific Loon weighs about 3.7 pounds.  You can see the size difference from the Bufflehead in the picture.

Loon and Bufflehead
Loon and Bufflehead

This is not a bird.  He just wanted his picture taken in front of the boat.

Squirrel at South Jetty
Not a bird