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Oregon Coast Wildlife

The Waldport Osprey chicks are growing fast.

osprey feeding chicks
Osprey brings home the bacon

These young male Mallards will be in full color before you know it.

Young male mallards getting their colors
Young male mallards getting their colors

Pileated Woodpecker finds some grub in the dead tree.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I spotted the first elk calf of the season!!

elk calf
First elk calf of the season!

I love seeing the ducks with so many chicks.  I can’t imagine how the mom keeps up with them all.

Mallard hen with 11 chicks
Mallard hen with 11 chicks

Can you tell what kind of critter tracks these are in the next photo?

critter tracks
Critter tracks: otters and what else?

There were just otter tracks when I first looked.  But then I caught a second culprit.

beaver
Beaver going to get him a blackberry vine

I didn’t know beavers ate blackberry vines but that’s what it went up to get.  It brought it back down to the water’s edge to eat it.  Watch 2 beavers in this video:

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The kingfisher kids are learning how to fish.  Mom and Dad still bring them food though – so they can keep up their strength until they get better at it.

3 kingfishers
3 Kingfisher chicks waiting for breakfast

Fishing Lessons – Kingfishers

These Kingfishers are like a morning alarm clock only the Snooze button doesn’t work and we can’t unplug it from the wall.  hahaha  …and it’s not as annoying.

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Belted Kingfisher

When a single Kingfisher is working the river it doesn’t make this much noise (watch video below).  So I’m guessing that these Kingfishers are young birds being taught how to fish.  Either the parents are giving lots of encouragement to their young or the children are saying “Wait up!  Wait up!  I’m hungry!  I’m tired!”   Or maybe both?

Whatever is going on, they are fun to watch.  We’ve seen as many as 6 Kingfishers working this part of the Alsea River at one time.  Occasionally they actually splash in the water to catch a bite to eat.