Oregon Bound and Down... travel blog

Morning on Simpson Reef - few animals on the island

Mama Steller watching (dark brown) pup

The Male Steller Sea Lion Conflab

Female Red Crossbill

Date: July 13, 2012

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

Weather: sunny

Temperature: start 58º

High 63º

Wildlife count: Steller Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, Elephant Seal, California Sea Lion

Birds: Red Crossbill, Cedar Waxwings, Steller Jay, Brown Pelicans, Pigeon Guillemots, Pelagic & Double-crested Cormorants, Black Oystercatcher, Osprey, Pacific Loons, Western, California & Heerman’s Gulls, Goldfinch, Wrentit

We spent the day on Simpson’s Reef, with 285 guests. It was windy, but with the sun shining, it was delightful. Most of the California Sea Lions had left to go south to mate, and several of the Steller Sea Lions were forming harems. They mate soon after the new pups are born. It was an interesting day on the overlook.

The most exciting thing for us was to be able to see and study a Red Crossbill. The top and bottom of their bill does not meet, but crosses over each other. The Crossbill eats the seeds of conifers – the beak being used to crack the scales on the outside of each closed cone, exposing the seeds, which the bird eats. Two juveniles flew down to the parking lot and sat while I walked closer to get a picture.

While we were crashed after work, Greg brought us his skill saw and we cut in half the 2x12’s that we use for levelers. We could not carry them in their full length because the new generator takes the space in the truck. Dinner was grilled chicken with broccoli-rice casserole. We walked the loops and out to the river with Ron and Linda – it has been a full day.

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