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Oregon Coast Wildlife

The Waldport Osprey chicks are growing fast.

osprey feeding chicks
Osprey brings home the bacon

These young male Mallards will be in full color before you know it.

Young male mallards getting their colors
Young male mallards getting their colors

Pileated Woodpecker finds some grub in the dead tree.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I spotted the first elk calf of the season!!

elk calf
First elk calf of the season!

I love seeing the ducks with so many chicks.  I can’t imagine how the mom keeps up with them all.

Mallard hen with 11 chicks
Mallard hen with 11 chicks

Can you tell what kind of critter tracks these are in the next photo?

critter tracks
Critter tracks: otters and what else?

There were just otter tracks when I first looked.  But then I caught a second culprit.

beaver
Beaver going to get him a blackberry vine

I didn’t know beavers ate blackberry vines but that’s what it went up to get.  It brought it back down to the water’s edge to eat it.  Watch 2 beavers in this video:

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The kingfisher kids are learning how to fish.  Mom and Dad still bring them food though – so they can keep up their strength until they get better at it.

3 kingfishers
3 Kingfisher chicks waiting for breakfast
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3 Osprey Dogfight

I love watching these osprey dogfight but I wish they’d come closer 🙂

Osprey in flight
Osprey

We had some cool days over the weekend but the weather is warming back up on the Central Oregon Coast.

Birds on the Alsea River

Aside from a peek or two of mom with their babies, I haven’t seen the hooded mergansers since they disappeared to their nesting grounds in April.  It’s nice to see them back!  This male was with a female.  I guess our part of the Alsea is their feeding grounds.  I see he caught a small crawdad.

Male Hooded Merganser
Male Hooded Merganser

Osprey, Pileated Woodpeckers and Great Blue Herons were also scarce over the summer.  They, too are coming back to a favorite feeding spot.

Osprey in flight
Osprey
Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Can you see the small burl on the opposite side of the tree from Woody?

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron looks more grey than blue.  But when he spreads his wings there is a wide band that is the same color as his head; which looks bluish to me.

Moody Oregon Coast

The Central Oregon Coast was a little moody today.  No worries – we’ll just duck on into Tidal Raves (Depoe Bay) for lunch and hope the fog lifts.

View from Tidal Raves
View from Tidal Raves

Doesn’t that just say Oregon Coast?!

Full tummies (fish tacos are YUMMY) and we’re off!  Checked in at the Whale Center: whale count yesterday (0), today (there’s still hope, although very little).

Depoe Bay - Smallest Harbor in the World
Depoe Bay – Smallest Harbor in the World

I’ve seen these charter boats navigate this harbor entrance in rough weather and I don’t know how they get home with clean underwear?

Osprey at Devils Punchbowl
Osprey at Devils Punchbowl

Usually Otter Creek Road is a beautiful drive but it was fogged in today.  So, it was just a nice drive without a view.  We stopped at the Devils Punchbowl and saw a different sight – an osprey sitting on the cliff overlooking the marine gardens.

Goings-on in Yaquina Bay
Goings-on in Yaquina Bay

There was a lot of activity in Yaquina Bay so we pulled out onto the South Jetty to watch for a little bit.   This photo sums it up: boats going out, boat being towed in, birds flying, calm seas, overcast

Squirrel eating whole grains
Squirrel eating whole grains

Now look – this squirrel is trying to eat right.  He’s eating whole grains.  I’m guessing he’ll die of coronary heart disease like the humans who feed him french fries.

Seals on Seal Rock?
Seals at Seal Rock?

Are these inflatable seals?  How many times have you actually seen seals at Seal Rock?!

Brown Pelicans at Seal Rock
Brown Pelicans at Seal Rock

The brown pelicans are back in town.  My favorite thing to watch them do is fly in formation over the waves and dive for fish.

common murre chicks with brandts cormorrants
Can you find the 2 Common Murre chicks?

Nobody was read for the tour to be over so we kept driving south.  These cormorants and murres are still raising their families just north of Sea Lion Caves.  I wish I could be there when the murre chick jump off this cliff.  I just can’t imagine it.  What a strange instinct to have :-}

Waldport High School Osprey Nest

In spite of tearing down the football stadium, next to the osprey nest, the birds seem undisturbed.

osprey at Waldport High
Waldport HS stadium – 0
Osprey – 3

I’m not sure if the 2 osprey in the nest are parent and chick or 2 chicks.  If you have a good telephoto lens, watch them from Ray’s Market on Hwy 34.  To get a little closer, watch from the High School parking lot across from Lint Slough.

2 osprey in the nest at Waldport High School
2 in the nest

A parent flies in with some food and then sits on the perch while they feed.

parent and young osprey on nest
Parent on perch

The parent didn’t stay long this time.

parent osprey flies away from nest
Parent flies to Lint Slough for some fishing

I watched as it flew next door and hovered over Lint Slough.

We wondered if some training by example goes on there within sight of the nest.

Irish Osprey Update

As far as I know Irish Ospreys, as a species, do not exist.  But these guys make their home above the Waldport High School Fighting Irish football field.  So, that’s what I’m calling them.

osprey parents - Waldport, Oregon
Both parents keep watch

You can see them from the Ray’s Food Place parking lot.  That’s where I took these photos.

You’ll have to compare the photo above to the one below to know there is a chick in the nest.  There may be more but we only saw one today.

At least one Osprey chick - Waldport, Oregon
At least one Osprey chick

Like with any wildlife, seeing them is a gamble.  I’m glad we took photos on the way into Ray’s because none were visible when we came out.  Plus it was raining.

Waldport High School Osprey Nest
Someone is restless