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Busy Day at Yaquina Bay

Yaquina Bay south jetty is a favorite lunch spot for us.

Fishermen
Fishermen

What do they fish for from the south jetty?  Maybe the same thing the seals do?

Harbor Seals
Harbor Seals

Every so often you can see the seals jumping and splashing.  I don’t know if they were chasing food or just playing.

Crabbers and Charters
Crabbers and Charters

Fishermen were coming in as the tide was going out.

Harlequin Pair
Harlequin Pair

This Harlequin male doesn’t look like he’s in full breeding color.  Not sure how fast they change.  Maybe, since he’s married now, he’s changing back so he doesn’t attract more ladies?

Spring is blooming!
Spring is blooming!

Springtime on the Oregon Coast is comin’ fast!

Surf birds – Central Oregon Coast

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.
Male Bufflehead
Male Bufflehead

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.

Surf Scoter Couple
Surf Scoter Couple

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.

Young Loons
Young Loons

 The Pacific Loon weighs about 3.7 pounds.  You can see the size difference from the Bufflehead in the picture.

Loon and Bufflehead
Loon and Bufflehead

This is not a bird.  He just wanted his picture taken in front of the boat.

Squirrel at South Jetty
Not a bird