Before we were even parked, I saw a tree full of VARIED THRUSH - we parked, and in my excitement, I immediately stepped in a puddle (and spent the rest of the walk in soggy shoes).
We followed the small flock to a grassy area with picnic tables. Two large white flashes announced the presence of NORTHERN FLICKER.
|NORTHERN FLICKER (table) and VARIED THRUSH|
A shy BEWICK'S WREN worked its way around the back of a tree in dense underbrush - my very blurry shot was enough to verify ID, but not good enough to post - wrens are always a treat!
As we neared the last bridge before the parking lot, my husband stopped me in the path to keep me from stepping on this colorful salamander.
Paved trails wend throughout the park, making walking easy (and would've kept my sneakers dry). We walked less than a mile, and never did get to the ocean side. A treat we saved for another day.
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area is a State Park, offering picnicking, hiking, and good bird-watching. Easy access to a beautiful stretch of beach, with the creek flowing into the ocean, results in a variety of tidepools and interesting fresh and salt water lifeforms. The park is mid-way between LINCOLN CITY and DEPOE BAY. There are two entrances on the east side of the highway, "North" and "South" Fogarty Creek.