|NEWPORT HISTORIC BAY FRONT|
We parked near the area where the crab boats tie up -- and what a variety of waterfowl we saw -- including the largest COMMON LOON I've ever seen!
|COMMON LOON BY CRAB BOATS|
So this Saturday we returned in the sunshine to see if the ducks and other birds were still in place. They did not let us down!
The beautiful, huge loon emerged from the water close to the pier where we stood.
While I was watching the loon, my husband spotted a BLACK TURNSTONE on the pier near me. The bird ignored us while I approached to get a better shot, then made a noisy getaway when I got too close!
Some of the ducks we saw:
Some of the gulls we saw:
There were several HORNED GREBES and a couple of EARED GREBES.
Each of the Eared Grebes we saw were hanging around with a COMMON GOLDENEYE -- what funny looking pairs they made!
The iridescence of this PELAGIC CORMORANT was evident as he surfaced in the bright sunlight.
More cormorants groomed themselves near the base of the jetty wall.
While the resident SEA LIONS made a racket nearby.
If you've never visited the Newport Historic Bay Front you'll be sure to enjoy the many shops, restaurants and other attractions such as the Undersea Gardens and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Worth a visit, rain or shine!