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Birding on the South Jetty – Newport

We had an excuse to go to Newport a few days ago.  So we did a South Jetty lunch and watched the sea birds near the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Yaquina Bridge from South Jetty
Yaquina Bridge from South Jetty

We couldn’t tell for sure what these were from a distance so we drove out a little closer.

Sea birds off the South Jetty
Sea birds off the south jetty

  We were pretty sure the large ones were loons.  But the way the smaller ones had their faces tucked into their chest made them hard for me to identify.

Resting Western Grebe
Resting Western Grebe

Once they lifted their heads we could tell they were grebes.  Turns out, they are Western Grebes.  (Is the plural of grebe, grebes or grebe?)

Western Grebes
Western Grebes

This one got a little mouthy.

Western Grebe
Mouthy Western Grebe

Then we zoomed in on the loons and turned to an expert to identify them as adult Common Loons.

Common Loon
Common Loon

They are coming into their breeding plumage.

Common Loon
Common Loon

Another of my favorites is the Surf Scoter.

Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter

I love the contrasting colors on the Surf Scoter’s big bill.

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!