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!
Okay, I’d heard it rained a lot in Oregon. But when I think of “raining a lot” I think of the non-stop, no break in the clouds type of rain.
Although that certainly does happen here, it’s not the norm. Yesterday it was just showers with peaks of blue sky!
We packed a picnic lunch and headed south to checkout the work that’s been done in the campgrounds. One of our favorite spots on the central Oregon coast for a “picnic” (ie, sandwich in the truck) and whale watching is Bray’s Point. (Now if this gets too crowded I’m going to stop blogging!)
That photo is looking north over Bob Creek. We like Bob Creek for tidepooling and fishing and mussels.
Here’s the view to the south from Bray’s Point. I can see why businesses are named Silvery Surf this or that.
We always stop (if there’s a parking spot) at the Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook just north of Sea Lion Caves.
All the sea lions must have been in the cave yesterday because we didn’t even see any playing in the surf; let alone on the rocks below.