Posted by: atowhee | June 5, 2016

COASTING

I was leading a group of Texas birders along the northern stretch of the Oregon Coast today–tonight we landed in Newport. None of them had ever birded in this state before and we had a Murrevelous day:MURRE MOUNDThis mound of murres was at Ecola State Park.  Later we saw even larger colonies on rocks off Yaquina Head.  There were also up to seven Bald Eagles haunting the murre colonies, including these two immatures.  At Haystack Rock off Cannon Beach a lone eagle sent hundreds of murres swirling out into the ocean.  At Hay stack we also watched Tufted Puffin come and go. EGLE-TWO This adult eagle was overlooking Astoria’s waterfront.astpria eagle (1280x960)Pelagic Cormorants at Yaquina Head. PELCOLifers for some Texans today ran into double digits.

Other noteworthy findings during our day included two Harlequin off Ecola State Park, a Pacific Loon there, a handful of Red-throated Loons there, numerous Caspian Terns along the Columbia River, Wrentit and Pacific Wren at Coffeeberry lake in Ft. Stevens State Park, a Marbled Murrelet off Yaquina Head and a humpback whale in the Pacific there as well.

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