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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.

August on the Oregon Coast

I got a new toy 🙂   35X Zoom!

Cannon PowerShot SX40 HS
Cannon PowerShot SX40 HS

We had to go try it out.  I’ve been trying to catch a kingfisher on camera for some time.  The slightest movement startles them.

With this new camera I don’t have to get as close to get a good shot. 🙂

King Fisher - Lint Slough
King Fisher – Lint Slough

The young osprey, in the nest at the high school, was waiting for his lunch.

Young Osprey-WHS
Young Osprey – Waldport HS nest

Campers made this fogdial on Tillicum Beach.  I’d call it a sundial but we’ve been fogged in for a few days.  The way a fogdial works is, if you don’t see it, visibility is less than 5 feet.


A camper reported an injured bird this morning.  I reported it to the State Parks and they reported it to the Beach Ranger.  Then I went out to see what kind of bird it was.  I couldn’t tell from her description.  It is a common murre.  The lady sat out there by the bird, to ward off dogs, until the Ranger came.  But she had to go to the restroom, and when she came back, the bird had died and a crow was eating it.  The lady was sad and thought the crow was “mean”.  But the crow’s got to eat too.  It’s the circle of life.

Injured Common Murre
Injured Common Murre

She described it as black and white and kind of looked like a penguin.  The common murre even walks like a penguin.