The woodland birds were scarce, being early for their migration, so we spent most of the time on the sand by the bay.
Shawneen pointed out the call of a GREATER YELLOWLEGS - the call was loud and distinct, but never caught sight of the bird.
We saw a wonderful variety of birds, including a small flock of NORTHERN PINTAIL interspersed with several BUFFLEHEAD.
|WESTERN GULL, CRAB & BUFFLEHEAD|
WESTERN and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS collected mussels and broke the meat loose by dropping them onto the packed sand. One gull snatched a crab while we watched.
|WHITE WINGED SCOTERS|
Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS flew by, while a GREAT EGRET stood silently by.
|GREAT BLUE HERON|
Someone's sharp eyes caught sight of an OSPREY on a far spit watching the bay from its perch on a branch.
CASPIAN TERNS dipped and dove in the air above us - Shawneen explained how to distinguish them from the gulls -- wings, bills and flight being unique.
|RED BREASTED MERGANSERS|
Three pairs of RED BREASTED MERGANSERS preened and fed in a low tide stream nearby.
An adult BALD EAGLE made several flights from one side of the bay to the other, perching occasionally in the tall pines on the far side.
It was a great morning - a bit on the chilly side with a sharp wind, but no rain! An enjoyable field trip with gracious and knowledgeable teachers!
Part two of our day at the annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival, the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge walk, is coming in the next blog!