We had a meeting in Newport yesterday evening. So we did our favorite thing.
We ordered take-out from our favorite crab shack and went out to the South Jetty on Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon.
The loons had their beaks tucked into their wings for an after-dinner siesta.
There’s a variety of fishing to do on the Oregon coast.
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.
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!
The best place to watch the water birds, on the Central Oregon Coast, is from the South Jetty in Newport. The Wine & Seafood Festival is this weekend but the jetty wasn’t where the crowds were yesterday. Again, we drove through Burger King and took our lunch to the jetty.
I’m pretty sure this is a male Bufflehead. Buffleheads weigh about 13 oz. They have the distinctive markings of white on the back of the head and a white body with black wings.
Here is a Surf Scoter couple. These birds weight about 2 pounds so they are over twice the size of the buffleheads. Suf Scoters are mostly black. The male has a white patch on the back of the head. They both have a hump on their bill and the male’s bill has a pretty orange pattern on it.
I think these are a couple young Loons. They are smaller than the adult Loon and the parent kept a pretty good eye on them.
The Pacific Loon weighs about 3.7 pounds. You can see the size difference from the Bufflehead in the picture.
Loon and Bufflehead
This is not a bird. He just wanted his picture taken in front of the boat.