I was wandering around Lincoln City on a gorgeous day a couple of weeks ago, and it seemed like there was something at every spot, around every turn, that made me smile... Here's a few images from that day, so you can smile too.
The first Flycatchers were arriving, this PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER surprised me with his presence in a small clearing in the heavily wooded Cutler City Wetlands.
Then there was the rocket-launched GREATER YELLOWLEGS in the adjoining flooded field...
Oh, oops, I guess it was a log, not a jet stream :o)
At Salishan, a gawky juvenile BALD EAGLE practiced hunting over the Siletz Bay while I watched.
He distracted me momentarily from the singing MARSH WRENS - one of whom popped up for a photo-op (barely).
If you've never seen GREAT-BLUE HERONs up close, Salishan is the place to come - they are very accustomed to people along the trail and move away only slowly, if at all, when you approach (well, not TOO close).
|Great Blue Heron|
This one was hunting in a pond within the golf course. Curious, I waited to see what he came up with.
Eugh, I guess it's frog-legs for lunch. I love frogs but I love herons too, and we've all got to eat, right?
|Yup, it's a Frog|
There's a small meadow at the end of the Salishan Nature Trail where you can nearly always find rabbits- nevertheless, they are always a bit of a surprise and always bring a smile.
It was nearly time to head home, and I made one last stop by a little marsh along the trail -- a long tail in the bush right next to me caught my eye. I stepped back two or three steps and clicked my tongue. Sure enough, this little guy popped out!
Well, that was my day -- all this in just a couple of hours wandering around. I smiled alot that day -- hope I made you smile too!