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Morning on the Oregon Coast

Filed under: Landscape,Oregon — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Haystack Rock, Oregon

Haystack Rock, Oregon

2 km. south of Cannon Beach, Oregon is a wonderful rock formation called Haystack Rock. The morning light and the mist make it very special.

Farther north you can visit a state park with spectacular views of the Haystack formation.

Oregon Coast Haystack Rock, Oregon
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December 21, 2012

Oregon Mountain Birds

Filed under: Birds,Oregon — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Clark\'s Nutcracker

Clark’s Nutcracker

I spent a day and a half around the Sisters/ Bend area, looking to see some of the higher elevation species. I ended up with a nice assortment of species including some of the harder to find like Pinyon Jay and American Three-toed Woodpecker .

The Pinyon Jays were found right in the town in a church parking lot along with some Clark’s Nutcrackers . About 20 California Quail were wandering the same area.

Higher up around Round Lake I found a male American Three-toed Woodpecker , a life bird for me.Western Bluebirds were numerous and the occasional Yellow-rumped Warbler was still around.Chestnut-backed Chickadees joined Pygmy Nuthatches in foraging groups. An Orange-crowned Warbler worked the brushy areas, and a single Steller’s Jay was about.

Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows were common in the brush.In more open grasslands Black-billed Magpies flew about, showing off their gorgeous plumage.

September/2007 trip


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November 5, 2012

Newport Oregon Pelagic

Filed under: Oregon,Pelagic — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Black-footed Albatross

Black-footed Albatross

A 20 knot wind kicked up rough seas which made observations and photography difficult, but resulted in a good mix of birds.

Black-footed Albatross are always found from this trip and we saw about 50 on this day. There was a mix of young birds with a dark upper rump, and adult birds with a white upper rump and more extensive white on the face.

Sooty Shearwaters are one of the world’s most abundant seabirds, numbering in the millions, and they were numerous. However, at this time of year they were outnumbered by Northern Fulmar which comes in a number of plumages. In the west they are mostly dark and intermediate.

Good numbers of Pink-footed Shearwaters were present, a species which breeds on islands off the coast of Chile and migrates in great numbers throughout the Pacific. Small numbers of Buller’s Shearwater made there way past, a very elegant looking bird.

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel were seen although numbers were small, as expected at this time of year.

Jaegers commonly made passes by the boat, both Pomarine and Parasitic .

A selection of sea mammals were seen, the stars being 3 Sperm Whales. Pacific White-sided Dolphin and Harbor Porpoise came along side as well.

This trip was operated by The Bird Guide, who run a very professional operation. It was run in September/2007.

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