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#snowonthealsea

We’re enjoying a snowday from home today.  Snow on the beach is such a rarity on the Oregon Coast and I got to kinda see it once…at midnight…from a distance…lit by my camera flash…see here: Snow on Tillicum Beach

Today I’m enjoying it from up the Alsea River.

alsea river snow
Alsea River at head of tidewater

We had plans for going to Newport to volunteer at the Family History Center and then do our weekly grocery shopping.  But caution prevails today.

driftboat in snow
timeout for snow

Some don’t mind travelling on snow days but the duck route isn’t any different than any other day on the river.

ring-necked ducks, alsea river
Ring-necked ducks

Most of the snow fell before the tide started going out this morning.

snow level meets tide level
Snow level meets tide level on the Alsea

Salmonberries first gathered weeds from the high river last month and now snow.

salmonberries gathering snow
Salmonberries gathering snow on the Alsea

 

Footprints in the Snow

Not sure if it was a raccoon or a skunk who made these tracks.  Being a glass-half-full kind of a person, though, I prefer to think it was a raccoon.  The other half is trying to scare me into thinking it was a skunk.

raccoon tracks in snow
Raccoon tracks in the snow

Here’s a size comparison:

raccoon snow tracks
Compared to a Ladies’ size 8

He inspected the whole yard.

Beaver Snow Sculpture
Alsea River Beaver

I’m sure they aren’t beaver tracks.  But it appears they ran into each other.

Beaver Snow Sculpture
Snowbeaver

Aaawwwwhhh, look at the cute pied-billed grebe!

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

She might have thought she found the perfect nesting place until she realized the tide was going out and it would leave her high and dry.