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.
Osprey, Pileated Woodpeckers and Great Blue Herons were also scarce over the summer. They, too are coming back to a favorite feeding spot.
Can you see the small burl on the opposite side of the tree from Woody?
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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
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.
Are these inflatable seals? How many times have you actually seen seals 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.
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 :-}
In spite of tearing down the football stadium, next to the osprey nest, the birds seem undisturbed.
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.
A parent flies in with some food and then sits on the perch while they feed.
The parent didn’t stay long this time.
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.