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Gull and Black Oystercatcher

Whimbrel in Shadow

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A Fine Summer Evening in the Pacific Northwest

Hairy Woodpecker


Date: June 24, 2012

Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon

Weather: sunny with a few clouds

Temperature: start 51º

High 62º

Wildlife count: Rabbit, Squirrel

Birds: Wrentit, Song Sparrow, Double-crested Cormorant, Steller Jay, Crow, American Robin, White-crowned Sparrow, Whimbrel, Heerman’s Gull (all black), Black Oystercatcher, Western Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Osprey, Brown Pelican, Western Gulls,

We walked out to the river this morning before church, as it was a beautiful and calm morning. We were rewarded by seeing a Wrentit, instead of just hearing it – they are very illusive birds!

Worship was delightful and lunch was at Sizzlers. When we got to China Creek, the wind was out of the SW, which is the wrong way for us, so we huddled next to the truck. When the sun came out around 5pm, the wind died and it was very pleasant to be outdoors. The people who came to the beach were very interested in the Plover, and we had some wonderful discussions – the afternoon passed quickly. We almost had no time to read!

The highlight of the afternoon was “Yorma’s” nest, with Mrs. Yorma sitting on it. She was in plain sight, so we had the scope trained on her most of the afternoon, and several people got their first glimpse of an endangered Western Snowy Plover. (Yorma is a guitarist from ‘Jefferson Airplane.’ They wrote a song called “Bowlegged Women and Knock-Kneed Men,” and since Mr. Yorma, the male Plover, is rather knock-kneed, he got the name “Yorma.”) Also on the beach was a Whimbrel, a Black Oystercatcher, and an all black, juvenile Heerman’s Gull. It was a good birding afternoon.

Once home, we found a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers just across the street from us and we watched for quite some time. What a pleasant day!

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