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Stormy Day on the Alsea River

We had high wind warnings today.  No damage done here and electricity stayed on.  It was mostly gusty and rainy.

fall colors alsea river
Fall colors on the Alsea River

 I am grateful for a talented husband who built a cover over our deck!  I enjoyed the sound of the wind rushing across the hilltops through the trees and watching it ruffle the surface of the Alsea River.

king fishing the alsea
These are NOT fair-weather fisher-people

We did only see one boat on the river today though.

western grebe
A lone Western Grebe

This was the first time in a while that I’ve seen a Western Grebe here.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe is becoming my favorite duck.  They are just so dang cute!  We’ve had 2 hanging around for the last several days.  They keep their distance from each other so sometimes I have to really watch to know whether there are 2 or just one.  I haven’t heard their call but I’ve read it is pretty loud.

Birding on the South Jetty – Newport

We had an excuse to go to Newport a few days ago.  So we did a South Jetty lunch and watched the sea birds near the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Yaquina Bridge from South Jetty
Yaquina Bridge from South Jetty

We couldn’t tell for sure what these were from a distance so we drove out a little closer.

Sea birds off the South Jetty
Sea birds off the south jetty

  We were pretty sure the large ones were loons.  But the way the smaller ones had their faces tucked into their chest made them hard for me to identify.

Resting Western Grebe
Resting Western Grebe

Once they lifted their heads we could tell they were grebes.  Turns out, they are Western Grebes.  (Is the plural of grebe, grebes or grebe?)

Western Grebes
Western Grebes

This one got a little mouthy.

Western Grebe
Mouthy Western Grebe

Then we zoomed in on the loons and turned to an expert to identify them as adult Common Loons.

Common Loon
Common Loon

They are coming into their breeding plumage.

Common Loon
Common Loon

Another of my favorites is the Surf Scoter.

Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter

I love the contrasting colors on the Surf Scoter’s big bill.

Wildlife in Lodgepole and on Strawberry Res

Pelicans on Strawberry Res
Pelicans on Strawberry Res

White pelicans stopover at Strawberry Reservoir as they migrate to their Canadian summer home.  Their feathers are a little ruffled from the wind today.  Lots of grebes are also on the lake, doing their mating dance as they walk across the water in pairs.  They’re so fun to watch!

Mtn Bluebird Boxes
Mtn Bluebird Boxes

There are probably a hundred of these bluebird nesting boxes mounted along Hwy 40 and the road to Strawberry Bay Campground/Marina.  It is surprising to us that they are mounted so close to the ground; about 3 feet.  It is an educated guess that they are for Mountain Bluebirds.  They look a lot like the bluebird boxes in Texas that are for Eastern Bluebirds.  And we have seen several Mtn Bluebirds in the area.  I’ll keep trying to get a better picture of one.  But here’s what I managed to get yesterday:

Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird

The only big wildlife we’d seen was a single, small deer.  Don saw it a couple of days ago.  Then, today, I got to see her!  She was in the upper group area.  She and I watched each other for a few minutes (me without camera of course) and then she wandered off.  A while later, I had to go back up there.  No sense in bringing a camera, as she was long gone, right?  Well, there were 3 more deer.  Oh well, maybe another time?  Then, the coup-de-grass, as we were relaxing this evening, looking out our back window, guess who came to visit!

Backyard view of Moose Cow and Calf
Backyard view of Moose Cow and Calf

Lighting is bad trying to take the picture out our back window.  But I wanted to get one before they heard the door open and got scared off.  Don grabbed the camera and quietly went outside the 5th wheel on the opposite side from them.  They quickened their step to run up the road.  But they stopped and watched him.

Moose Cow and Calf in Lodgepole Campground Group 1
Moose Cow and Calf in Lodgepole Campground Group 1

The calf even got more curious, as Don stood down the road with his camera, making occasional large movements with his arms and legs.  He (she?) started making his way toward Don and his mother wandered off into the woods.  He probably got about 25/30 feet from Don, just watching carefully.  Then Don asked him how curious he was.  As soon as he heard Don’s voice he startled and ran off.

Moose Calf
Moose Calf

Doesn’t that look just remind you of a curious child, who is excited, and ready to bolt at any moment if things get too scarey?!  hahaha