We thought we’d see a lot of birds today on the Yaquina Bay south jetty but we were a little disappointed. There were a few seals up close and some Surf Scoters in the distance. Then this cute little Harlequin duck couple paddled by.
We had a meeting in Newport yesterday evening. So we did our favorite thing.
We ordered take-out from our favorite crab shack and went out to the South Jetty on Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon.
The loons had their beaks tucked into their wings for an after-dinner siesta.
There’s a variety of fishing to do on the Oregon coast.
The mergansers don’t care about the seagulls fighting over something. After this little tussle one chased the other away anytime he came anywhere close.
Then we watched a gull land in the water and pull up a crab in his beak. Then he dropped it and it was funny to watch him get it back. Seagulls are very buoyant. They cannot dive. He’d sort of jumped up so he could plop down lower in the water with his head shooting as low as he could get it under water to reach the crab. But it was like trying to push a beachball under water. He’d barely submerge a third of his body before he bounced back up. He finally got his catch to the sand. That crab was not ready to be eaten though! He’s going to pluck the seagull’s eyes out!
Armed with a sandwich from Safeway we pulled into our favorite parking spot on the south jetty of Yaquina Bay, just south of the Newport bridge.
Lots of fishermen were in the bay. I don’t know if they are fishing for steelhead or chinook. I’m sure they are waiting for their crab pots to soak though.
We were a bit surprised that there were no seals on the jetty.
But it was fun to watch the surf scoters feed. They were always paddling into the current. So they’d change directions as the tide swung back and forth.
There were 3 Pacific Loons. They kept their distance from each other.
When resting they tuck their beak behind their wing and look like a float in the water.
There were even a few harlequin ducks!
We also saw some grebes. I thought it was an adult with some young ones but a passer-by corrected me. She said the smaller ones are horned grebes and the larger was a western grebe. I wish I’d gotten a photo but I was distracted by a phone call.
After my first colonoscopy of my life (apparently I was overdue because I’m 55) I was hungry. They found NOTHING! YAY! Hopefully I won’t have to do that again for another 10 years?
Anyway, so we did our usual, drive-thru the Newport Burger King and take it to the south jetty of Yaquina Bay.
I could see, from the bridge, that it was high tide. So I thought there wouldn’t be much to watch. There were no boats, because of the stormy conditions, and the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season has been delayed at least until December 15, 2012. The bays closed to commercial crabbers on December 1st too. Recreational crabbing is still open.
We did see a few harbor seals feeding. And this Harlequin duck hung around for a little while too.