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Musings about birds, nature, and our meanderings on the Central Oregon Coast

Friday, March 2, 2012

Lincoln City Backyard Birds

Since moving to the coast a couple of years ago, our backyard birding experience has changed dramatically.  In Salem, we had several feeders with a variety of birdfood that attracted numerous passerines, scrub jays and doves (along with the Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks).

Here in Nelscott, my daily list is more likely to consist primarily of Surf Scoters and Western Gulls. 

Anna's Hummingbird
We do have a hummingbird feeder that we keep filled year-round for the Anna's Hummingbirds who reside here.  It's really fascinating watching them when the wind is blowing - they hover near it, making "test runs" at the rail until they finally can latch on with their feet. Then they ride like bronco-riders, drinking all the while until they finally lose their grip. 

We may have to hang up another one now that the Rufous have returned for the season!

The neighboring yard is wild with coastal scrub brush, so we do have passerines - even a pair of WRENTITS who have made our yard home a couple of years in a row. 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee


The problem is that we're up so high it's hard to observe them unless you sit right next to a window and stare straight down. 

So this week I decided to experiment with hanging feeders on the deck - if you know how windy it is here on the Oregon coast, you'll know how tricky this will be.  The first one I tried, a little metal thistle seed feeder, failed miserably as the wind blew all of the seed out in one day.  I'm now testing a tray feeder along with a small suet feeder.

Northern Flicker

A DARK-EYED JUNCO was the first to discover the feeder.  This NORTHERN FLICKER braved the breezes for some sunflower seed.  A CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEE (who won't let me take his picture) was the first visitor to the suet.  I have to take them down often due to the wind -- we'll see how long this experiment lasts!

I really can't complain about our variety though - we've seen BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS from our living room window, BALD EAGLES regularly come by, and a variety of WARBLERS migrate through spring and fall.  

Here's some pictures of some of our birds:
Dark-eyed Junco

Spotted Towhee

Juvenile Gull (no, we don't feed them!)

Western Gulls (visiting "Sid")

Orange-crowned Warbler

Cedar Waxwings

Pacific Wren


And here are some of the sea-ward birds (all photos taken from the house, so they're on my "backyard" list :o).

Western Grebe

Black Oystercatcher

Sooty Shearwater (et al)
Bald Eagle (juv)

So, two hours later - the wind is picking up, the Anna's Hummingbird is balancing on the feeder, Northern Flicker is hanging onto the suet for dear life (a wild ride) and the tray feeder is swinging back and forth like crazy.  Probably will need to bring them in shortly...


  1. Cool Dawn! You have great place to do sea watches on those stormy days.

  2. Hi Dawn,

    Great collection of backyard birds! Love the little Wrentit, I've only seen one at Bayocean. My Tualatin backyard bird list (on BirdFellow) is at 54 and holding (includes flyovers), our best is a female Pileated WP that visits every year.

    Mary and I really appreciate your posts in the Blog, on BirdFellow and OBOL ... they help us make the most of our visits to the coast.

    We don't have a blog, but our Flickr pages are somewhat current:



  3. Thanks Rick & Doug! I'll be sure to check out your Flicker pages, Doug. I'm excited to have also just seen a Cooper's Hawk in my backyard minutes ago -- heart is still racing!

  4. Wow I knew you lived on the coast but I didn't realize you could see the ocean from your windows- how awesome! Love all your yard birds- exciting about the Cooper's Hawk!

  5. Thanks Jen! When we moved here I told my hubby I loved it but I would miss my backyard birds :o)

  6. Great photos! I didn't know you've seen Black Oystercatchers on your beach! And Wrentits at your house. Those are two of my favorite birds. Love your blogs.

    1. Thanks Linda - the Oystercatcher picture was November 8 2010. I saw a couple of odd-looking black spots on the beach and grabbed my bins. Two of them -- it was so cool! Wrentits and most any kind of Wren are my favorites :o)