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Backyard Birds

As usual, I could hear this little woodpecker before I saw him.

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

He didn’t mind the Stellar Jay calling and landing all around him.

Hairy Woodpecker
Same Hairy Woodpecker

He just went about his business.

Rufous-sided Towhee
Rufous-sided Towhee

The Rufous-sided Towhee was more skittish.  He landed on the bird feeder while I was on the deck with the camera.  I tried to sneak a shot through the railing being careful not to let him see me move the camera into position.  They are so quick that I had never seen their red eyes until now.  Adults have red eyes.

 

Hairy Jaws

I just wanted a catchy title…but it IS actually related to my topic(s)…no it’s not about my hubby 🙂

This little hairy woodpecker was calling me for his photo session this afternoon.

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy the Woodpecker

I know he’s not hairy, that’s his name.

The holiday weekend brought lots of fishermen to Alsea Bay.  The ones who didn’t go back to school are still here today.

Fishing for Chinook - Alsea Bay
Fishing for Chinook

I don’t think a Chinook can get through this maze of fishermen!

Fishermen in the Jaws of Alsea Bay
Fishermen in the Jaws of Alsea Bay

I think what people refer to as “the jaws” is the narrow, choppy, area that transitions between the Alsea Bay and the ocean.  It’s pretty tricky to navigate and is not recommended.  It doesn’t look like these guys are in the dangerous part.

Bird Watching on the Oregon Coast

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.

Hairy Woodpecker

This hawk knows a good fishing spot when he sees it.

Hawk - Fishing
Hawk – Fishing

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.

Hawk Attack
Hawk Attack

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.

King Fisher
Belted Kingfisher

Then the mallards flew up river, landed in the river and drifted down.  I counted 14 at one time.

Mallards in Alsea Tidewater
Mallards in Alsea Tidewater

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.

Surf Scoter Gaggle
Surf Scoter Gaggle

They were in the Alsea Bay fishing with everyone else; harbor seals and humans.