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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 :-}

Snow Bird Camping on Oregon Coast

Are migrating Brown Pelicans considered snow-birds?

Brown Pelicans Making the Trip South
Brown Pelicans Making the Trip South

I probably saw 50 pelican this morning, in flocks of 10-12.  I love how they soar in a straight line hugging the waves.

Migrating Pelicans
Migrating Pelicans

It doesn’t matter what the weather is I have to take a walk on the beach when I’m in Tillicum Campground.

The sand levels have risen significantly over the last month.

Higher Sand Levels
Higher Sand Levels

It’s been over a year since I’ve seen it up to the bottom platform of the north stairway.

Autumn is a great time to camp, or RV, on the Oregon Coast.

The central coast has plenty of USDA Forest Service campgrounds where you can use your Senior or Access pass for discount camping.

Yaquina Bay, Newport, OR

Had to make a run to the super Walmart, in Newport, before their shelves were emptied by the touristas.

So we grabbed a sandwich and had lunch at the south jetty on Yaquina Bay in Newport.

Yaquina Bay Boats
Yaquina Bay Boats

Look how blue that water is!  The sky is just as blue today.

Pelicans Feeding
Pelicans Feeding

The cormorants and brown pelicans are feeding near the jetty.  Two cormorants have staked out a rock and aren’t budging; even when the pelicans surround them.

Brown Pelicans Crowding the Cormorants
Brown Pelicans Crowding the Cormorants

 But when the pelican buzzes that cormorant he really gives the pelican a piece of his mind.

The pelicans hung around for about 10 minutes but more cormorants came and the pelicans finally flew away.

Sand Tracks

Frosty mornings!   Tender, young, shoots of the salal are red.  They look sugar-coated with the morning frost on them.  Aren’t they pretty little things!

Frosty Salal
Frosty Salal

A camper was excited about some tracks she’d found on the beach (Tillicum).  It was almost dark so she got a flashlight and took me down to look at them.  I went back the next morning to have more light for these photos.  The tracks were strange to me.  Did someone take their iguana for a walk?

Tracks in soft sand

We tracked it walking along the bolders near the cliffs on Tillicum beach.  At one point it looked like it went up onto the rocks.  We kept looking for a critter or bird that, maybe, was injured and was hiding in the rocks.  But we didn’t see anything.  It looks like a tail swishing back and forth as it walks.  Maybe a bird tangled in something?

I kept walking in the direction that the tracks appeared to come from.  The tracks took a 90 degree turn towards the surf.

Tracks in wet sandThen I saw them in the wet sand more clearly.   Now can you tell what they are?  Don guessed right away.  From the heel to the tip of the longest toe is about 5 inches.

Sand, sea birds and the hunting season

I thought the storms would take more sand off the beach.  But there is more now than there was last summer.  I found this photo, from last January, to compare to how it looks now.

Tillicum Beach Stairway - north end

The water is too bright to see because I had to lighten up the picture in order to see the bolders at the end of the stairway.  Compare the only 2 rocks showing in this next picture.  There’s probably 2 more feet of sand depth here!

Tillicum Beach Stairway - north end - November 2011

Lately there’s been big flocks of birds on the beaches.  But, until Saturday, I hadn’t seen the pelicans on Tillicum Beach.  They must have found something yummy to eat!

Pelican Feeding Frenzie

The other birds are Western Gulls and, I think, Heermann’s Gulls.  At least they look like the picture in my bird guidebook.  One of my pictures (not these) shows a pelican with a band but it’s not close enough to get a number off of it.

Brown Pelicans, Western Gulls and Heermann's Gulls

It’s hunting season so this cow is hiding in the elk herd to avoid the hunters. Cow season?

Elk Herd - Little Switzerland Rd

Goodnight Gracie 🙂

Wildlife in Lodgepole and on Strawberry Res

Pelicans on Strawberry Res
Pelicans on Strawberry Res

White pelicans stopover at Strawberry Reservoir as they migrate to their Canadian summer home.  Their feathers are a little ruffled from the wind today.  Lots of grebes are also on the lake, doing their mating dance as they walk across the water in pairs.  They’re so fun to watch!

Mtn Bluebird Boxes
Mtn Bluebird Boxes

There are probably a hundred of these bluebird nesting boxes mounted along Hwy 40 and the road to Strawberry Bay Campground/Marina.  It is surprising to us that they are mounted so close to the ground; about 3 feet.  It is an educated guess that they are for Mountain Bluebirds.  They look a lot like the bluebird boxes in Texas that are for Eastern Bluebirds.  And we have seen several Mtn Bluebirds in the area.  I’ll keep trying to get a better picture of one.  But here’s what I managed to get yesterday:

Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird

The only big wildlife we’d seen was a single, small deer.  Don saw it a couple of days ago.  Then, today, I got to see her!  She was in the upper group area.  She and I watched each other for a few minutes (me without camera of course) and then she wandered off.  A while later, I had to go back up there.  No sense in bringing a camera, as she was long gone, right?  Well, there were 3 more deer.  Oh well, maybe another time?  Then, the coup-de-grass, as we were relaxing this evening, looking out our back window, guess who came to visit!

Backyard view of Moose Cow and Calf
Backyard view of Moose Cow and Calf

Lighting is bad trying to take the picture out our back window.  But I wanted to get one before they heard the door open and got scared off.  Don grabbed the camera and quietly went outside the 5th wheel on the opposite side from them.  They quickened their step to run up the road.  But they stopped and watched him.

Moose Cow and Calf in Lodgepole Campground Group 1
Moose Cow and Calf in Lodgepole Campground Group 1

The calf even got more curious, as Don stood down the road with his camera, making occasional large movements with his arms and legs.  He (she?) started making his way toward Don and his mother wandered off into the woods.  He probably got about 25/30 feet from Don, just watching carefully.  Then Don asked him how curious he was.  As soon as he heard Don’s voice he startled and ran off.

Moose Calf
Moose Calf

Doesn’t that look just remind you of a curious child, who is excited, and ready to bolt at any moment if things get too scarey?!  hahaha