I used a proven wildlife viewing technique as I looked over the Alsea River this morning: If something looks out-of-place, look closer.
Down-river, under dark cover, I could see something white bobbing in the water near the shore. But it wasn’t bobbing at a rate that was consistent with the movement of the river. So I zoomed in and caught the beaver munching!
Without anything to compare his size to, I can’t always tell if it’s a beaver or a nutria. But I can see the outline of his tail so it is for sure a beaver!
I sure hope they bring their kits out to show me sometime!
The duck was something else that looked out-of-place before it moved to this spot. He was sitting between 2 rocks and his dark head just looked like a stick in an odd place in the river. The next time I looked in that direction, this stick had legs.
The duck-alert yesterday morning had me looking for baby birds all day long. I warned Don that we’d have to check the Newport South Jetty before we left. But we only saw a few loons and cormorants; no babies.
On our way to Newport I swear I saw, not a puddy-tat, but some baby geese. They were standing next to their parents on the sand at low tide at Eckman Lake (on the bay side). We didn’t have time to stop at that time so we stopped on our way back up the Alsea River. There were only a few geese and they were all in the tall grass. Chicks could hide in here very easily.
I’d love to see a baby heron. Don’t they nest way up high though? I wish I knew where they nested around Waldport.
I bet the hummers have a nest close by. They were chasing each other like crazy yesterday. I was afraid I’d get poked as they zoomed their way through our observation deck.
At one point, I’m sure, they went in one ear and out the other!
It’s pretty hard to keep track of who’s who but I know their colors change depending on the your perspective of their chin. This may be the same one as in the previous photo.
Then this osprey landed in the tree in front of me! Panic ensued as the red low-battery warning light on my camera began to flash. He flew to another tree before he saw something worth diving for; giving me a chance to grab a fresh battery (which didn’t turn out to be fresh – argh!). But I did get a couple shots.
Eventually, I will catch him in the act. He makes such a big splash when he hits that I am just watching in amazement and can’t seem to focus (literally) on taking a photo.
And I’ll figure out how to focus on him when he’s hiding behind branches as he picks apart his fish.
We’ve had TEMPs in the 80’s this weekend! That’s very unusual for the Oregon coast in May. Right on the beach it’s been upper 70’s but 10 miles inland it’s upper 80’s
I haven’t been barefoot since January in Texas but the next thing I’m doing is digging out my capris! That water looks tempting…
Didn’t I just say I hadn’t seen any elk in a couple weeks? These must be the bulls and yearling cows who aren’t pregnant. Not sure what the shrub is with the yellow flowers but they can’t seem to pass one without a nibble. They are also shedding their winter coats so they look a little shaggy…or shabby.
And the last time I did see them, they had just shed their antlers. Now, zoom in on the photo below and you can see their antlers are growing back; the first and third from the left.
Flickers are gorgeous birds but they are really annoying when drilling on the edge of the roof.
Okay, it’s time for a chipmunk rodeo. Put out the empty peanut butter jar. They can’t pass up the smell.