Dead carcasses in the river bring out the scavengers.
The seagull found the carcass submerged and waited patiently for the tide to go out so he could get to it.
Then the heron came. The seagull gives him room but he doesn’t like it.
It was interesting to watch the back and forth of the heron and seagull. Another gull came in before it was all over. He found a piece submerged and tried to drag it to the island while the heron wasn’t looking. When he lost it, he bobbed for it and the splashing sound caught the heron’s attention. The gulls paddled away when the heron came closer to investigate.
The heron wouldn’t bother with the carcass that was submerged but if it was on land he’d eat it.
We planted a tomato plant in each of our 2 Topsy Turvy containers. As they started to grow I remembered why they are not a great idea. The plant wants to grow up and the roots want to grow down. So the roots seem to get root-bound around the base of the plant. But we have wildlife that will eat the plant if we put it in the ground so this is our best bet….
so I thought…
HEY! WHERE’D THIS PLANT GO?
It was there earlier in the day!! How/who could get to that plant to munch it off at the base? That’s hanging about 14′ above the ground!
Well, at least we’ll have applesauce next fall; if Don can keep scaring the bears out of the tree.
I’ve seen this cute little muskrat a couple times and I saw a small river otter by himself a couple days ago.
I haven’t seen an elk in over a week. I’m guessing they’ve retreated to the mountains to have their calves. I think they can protect them better up there.
We saw this heron and an osprey have a little tiff over their fishing grounds. The heron actually made a pass at the osprey. I think the heron won.
I no sooner sat down at the counter for dinner when I saw an osprey dive into the river right in front of our window. Don missed it because he was “washing his hands” in the other room.
So after we had dinner, I went outside to wait for the osprey to come back. A bald eagle has been flying by every evening. He doesn’t give us any warning though. I mean, I’d like to have the camera positioned perfectly when he comes by. It’s a reasonable request.
Okay, so, you know how long my attention span is…I guess I’ll try to get some planting done while waiting for something spectacular to happen in front of me. Don says he’ll come out around 7:15 because that’s when the eagle flies by; so I’ve got about 20 minutes.
I set my camera down on the deck and get the shovel. I’m looking at the ground and hear a big splash in the river. I turn to see the osprey lift a fish out of the water right in front of me! I yelled to Don in the house, “did you see the osprey?!” Of course not, he was washing his hands again!
Well, now Don is staying out on the deck while I’m planting bulbs. He’s manning the camera. We saw this heron in the same spot last night.
So I got 50 bulbs planted on the hill down to the river and am back on the deck. Don’s got buck fever with the camera. I see some big wings flapping upriver and said, ‘hey!’ then noticed it was just the heron repositioning himself downriver. But I made Don jump (and that always makes me laugh).
He took some pix of the merganser and yelled at the swallows for not flying low enough.
Then I saw a bird flying down the river and Don got ready with the camera – but it was a mallard. Less than a minute later I saw the eagle coming!
He caught it in flight but we got better photos after he landed downriver.
We actually thought he’d just kept going until I noticed him in front of the next property. We took photos of him until he left about 10 minutes later. Bald eagles are such beautiful birds.
Speaking of eagles landing…we’ve had clear skies lately so I’m sure there was a beautiful sunset from the beach.
But, here on the river near Blackberry Campground, we are enjoying the moonrise.
Just another incredible sunset last night; yyaaaawwwwnnn…
I woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I gave up at 5, got up and decided to see if I could catch a sunrise. I looked up the sunrise time for Yachats; 6:32am. I killed some time by reading. Then I put on my winter coat and walked out on the beach. I walked up to the creek and it looked promising. The eastern sky was getting brighter.
I was about 15 minutes early according to the published time. I knew the sun would lag behind that official time but I didn’t know how long. Then the fog began to lower on the horizon and I knew the sun wouldn’t be making an appearance anytime soon. 😦 So I got some foggy pix of the creek.
Ever walk into a room then stop and stare, trying to remember why you came in here?
I have rarely seen a heron on Tillicum Beach. The fog must have grounded him?
Camping Tip for the weekend before Labor Day:
Okay, so, hopefully it’s not too late for you to use this tip this weekend. Traditionally, the weekend BEFORE a holiday has lighter travel. So, if you are a procrastinator, throw the tent in the car and GO camping today! Even if you have to be back to work on Monday, it’s just as fun to camp for one night!
Half our campgrounds had openings last night. We manage all the Forest Service campgrounds from milepost 23 on Hwy 34, west to Waldport, then south on Hwy 101 to Florence, Oregon. The ones closest to the beach were full but there will be some openings in those today.
It drizzled all day yesterday. So, I was surprised to see a little color out my window last evening. I can’t believe they pay us to live at Tillicum Beach! Well, okay, we DO work. It’s not all just taking pix. 🙂
Partly cloudy today – only 20% chance of rain. That’s a great Saturday on the Oregon Coast in February.
Alder and Dune lakes were stocked this week. Time to go FISHING!