Thursday (12/1/2011) I stopped by Salishan to walk the nature trail that runs along Siletz Bay. They had quite a bit of damage from last week's storm. The main trail apparently had been closed for a bit, but was open when I was there - obvious debris from trees and limbs along each side.
My favorite path, a narrow dike between marsh and bay, had tumbled partway into the bay and was closed. (The plastic bags are there to shore it up until repairs can be done.)
There were loads of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS - love watching them fly-catch from the trees. Also enjoyed the RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS mixed in with the CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES.
The bay itself was full of waterfowl - even with the low tide, I could pick out hundreds of AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER and some GREEN WINGED TEAL along with the MALLARDS.
On the way home I drove up Millport Slough Road to look for raptors -- saw this gorgeous fellow on my way back out.
Yesterday (12/2/2011) I spent a couple of hours at Cutler City Wetlands nature trail - the trails were open, but there were four trees down across the trail in various locations. In addition to the CHICKADEES and YELLOW-RUMPS, I spotted a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER - always a treat to see those beautiful black and yellow birds.
My favorite for this gallivant was a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER who gave me great looks as he pecked and chattered around this tree.
The FOX SPARROWS were numerous and friendly - this one was quite bold as he checked me out.
|Great Egret (No, Really!)|
After lunch, I headed over to D River Open Space to see who was about. This curious GREAT EGRET peered through the reeds at me as I got out of the car. He stuck around for a couple of close-ups before heading off. Gorgeous bird, one of my favorites.
Two PIED-BILLED GREBES and two WESTERN GREBES were among the waterfowl in the river. The Westerns looked like they were fly-catching, snapping at things in the air in front of them. Really interesting (should've taken a video). High in the air, two RED-TAILED HAWKS were being harassed by the gulls.
My last stop of the day was Spring Lake Open Space where I was greeted by a PACIFIC WREN (too shy for pix). He was about the only bird I saw the whole trek. Stopped about half-way and snapped this photo of my little Subaru across the lake.
So today I worked my jigsaw puzzles and listened to Christmas music, just enjoying the day. The sea lions were floating out in the ocean, accompanied by the various SCOTERS and Gulls. What a life!