Posted by: atowhee | September 5, 2015

FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES AND A FEW BIRDS

I’m home after a fifteen-hundred mile round trip between northern Oregon and Fremont, California, where I talked to Ohlone Audubon about Great Gray Owls.  There wasn’t a lot of time to linger during the four days of driving but I did get to see some migration happening and watch some fine birds at work.  My favorite were the fishing Elegant Terns along the city park beach in Crescent City, CA.

Best view on the trip: male Surf Scoter right along the shore, also in Crescent City.SURF SCTRDark gulls here are Heermann’s always accompanying the Brown Pelicans as they fish.pel in air (1280x960)This rock face with clinging Pelagic Cormorants was at Yaquina head, OR. pelco cliff (960x1280) pelco on rok (1280x960) Western Sandpipers peeping along beach in Crescent City. WESAND32gullz (1280x960)Pelican rock: BP ROCKS cbc flight (1280x960)Chestnut-backed Chickadee at Yaquina Head. cbc sitrz (1280x960)Raven with meal, followed by Crow without. CORA MEAL cro-1 (1280x960)Gadwalls at Humboldt Bay NWR: GADS GREG ON CANALHarbor seals protecting their adipose layers through inactivity. hs-1 (1280x960) P2520047 (1280x960)Besides Queen Anne’s lace the only prominent wildflowers were evening primrose along the rainy coast near Gold Beach. OR. P2520060 (1280x960)

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