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Diving Brown Pelicans

Some old friends are back on the Central Coast.

seagull
Well, the Seagulls never leave

But loons are not as common.  I’m not sure what kind of loon this is though.

loon - alsea bay waldport oregon
Weather Loon says it’s raining

Brown Pelicans are fun to watch as they dive so clumsily into the Alsea Bay.

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Bird Wars

Dead carcasses in the river bring out the scavengers.

heron and gull
Heron and Gull compete for food

The seagull found the carcass submerged and waited patiently for the tide to go out so he could get to it.

heron and gull
Must be yummy!

Then the heron came.   The seagull gives him room but he doesn’t like it.

heron eating carcass
Heron wins this round

It was interesting to watch the back and forth of the heron and seagull.  Another gull came in before it was all over.  He found a piece submerged and tried to drag it to the island while the heron wasn’t looking.  When he lost it, he bobbed for it and the splashing sound caught the heron’s attention.  The gulls paddled away when the heron came closer to investigate.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The heron wouldn’t bother with the carcass that was submerged but if it was on land he’d eat it.

Fishing off the South Jetty – Newport, Oregon

We had a meeting in Newport yesterday evening.  So we did our favorite thing.

Harbor Seals on South Jetty
Rock Camo Seals

We ordered take-out from our favorite crab shack and went out to the South Jetty on Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon.

Sleeping Loons
Sleeping Loons

The loons had their beaks tucked into their wings for an after-dinner siesta.

South Jetty, Newport, Oregon, fishing
Whatever your fishing pleasure: from jetty or boat?

There’s a variety of fishing to do on the Oregon coast.

Seagulls Fighting
Seagulls Fighting

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.

Seagulls Corner a Crab
You want a piece o’ me?!

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!

Windy West Coast Day

It’s been a little breezy the last couple days on Tillicum Beach.   Beautiful days though!

Sunset from Tillicum Site 18
Sunset from Tillicum Site 18

There weren’t any clouds to add to the sunset so I picked a campsite overlooking the beach.

Maybe I can catch the moonrise right after sunset.  I walked straight out to the wet sand to get out of the blowing sand as soon as possible.

Seagulls Hunkered Down
Seagulls Hunkered Down

I walked up the beach to the creek; hooded wind-breaker jacket cinched down around my face.  Camera tucked inside my jacket so it didn’t get sand blasted.

Heron
Heron

It was getting too dark to take photos and the moon still wasn’t in sight.  The wind was jostling me around so I couldn’t focus in the low light.

So I just walked back down the beach to the campground and crawled back into my warm little 5th wheel. 🙂

Full Moon Sets Over Tillicum

Just a quicky before we get ready for church…

I’ve been trying to watch for the best time to catch the moonset.  The fog hasn’t cooperated with me though.

Moonset - Big Creek
Moonset – Big Creek

It was cold last night so I knew the skies were clear.  Sure enough, I could see the full moon when I got up at 7am.

It wasn’t low enough on the horizon yet though.  So I walked up to the creek, north of Tillicum Campground, to see if the sunrise would add anything to my photo.

I always like the way the morning light lights up the crests of the waves.  The seagulls like to bathe in the fresh water of the creek.

We’ve got another week of sunshine forecasted!  What a great time to RV the Oregon Coast!

Hooded Mergansers

I found these Hooded Mergansers feeding on the other side of the Hwy 101 bridge.

Don told me what they were as soon as he saw the pic.  They look like a cross between a Bufflehead and a Wood Duck.  🙂

Yaquina Bay Lunch Break

Dropped in on South Beach Seafood for take out fried oysters w/fries and fried shrimp w/cole slaw for me.

Then we went to the south jetty to chow down.

Yaquina Bay Dredger
Yaquina Bay Dredger

The dredger was working at the mouth of the bay.

Coast Guard Rescue
Coast Guard Rescue

It’s really nice to know the US Coast Guard is there when you need them!  The Coast Guard boat is towing the smaller one.

Grey Digger Squirrel
Grey Digger Squirrel

This fuzzy-tailed rat was competing with the seagulls today.

3 words: Mote, Beam, Eye
3 words: Mote, Beam, Eye

 Goodnight Jonathan

Tillicum Beach – shirt-sleeve weather!

I think I got a little pink today!  Got to work outside most of the day.  Too warm to wear a jacket.  Lots of folks were out camping on the coast this weekend.  The campground was half full on Saturday night.  We had 40 sites available.  99% good crowd – one cheater.  Those are the people who make me not want to trust the next camper. 😦

Crabbers
Crabbers

I haven’t heard how the commercial crabbers are doing but we see a lot of them from Tillicum Beach.  We see some floats just on the other side of the breakers at high tide.  Enjoying the view with a great camper (Adrienne) this morning, we thought we may have seen some whale activity???

Ghost Forest is Growing
Ghost Forest is Growing

And you thought the stump was dead!?  See what a little sunshine will do for an old, worn-out body!  A fresh growth of moss smooths out those old wrinkles and brightens that tired face.  Oh, am I still talking about the stump?

February Sunset - Tillicum Beach
February Sunset - Tillicum Beach

I like how the sun sparkles off the tops of the waves.

Full Moon
Full Moon

I turned around to head back to the campground and the Old Man in the Moon stopped me in my tracks!  I don’t think I’ve seen him in years!