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.
Harlequin Duck Couple
I’m never sure who is observing who.
Harlequins watching the humans on the south jetty, Newport, OR
We had an excuse to go to Newport a few days ago. So we did a South Jetty lunch and watched the sea birds near the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Yaquina Bridge from South Jetty
We couldn’t tell for sure what these were from a distance so we drove out a little closer.
Sea birds off the south jetty
We were pretty sure the large ones were loons. But the way the smaller ones had their faces tucked into their chest made them hard for me to identify.
Resting Western Grebe
Once they lifted their heads we could tell they were grebes. Turns out, they are Western Grebes. (Is the plural of grebe, grebes or grebe?)
This one got a little mouthy.
Mouthy Western Grebe
Then we zoomed in on the loons and turned to an expert to identify them as adult Common Loons.
They are coming into their breeding plumage.
Another of my favorites is the Surf Scoter.
I love the contrasting colors on the Surf Scoter’s big bill.