We had to go back for one more wildlife visit before leaving this stunning area. If you are looking to see whales, birds, seals and more, don't miss the Yaquina Head Lighthouse area.
The rocks behind the lighthouse are filled to overflowing with birds. We saw some today that had a beautiful blue color. They seemed to be spread out about 20 feet apart with nesting sites. Two of them were doing a mating dance, and had females on the nest. It was awesome to watch.
We also saw hundreds of seals playing in the water, mostly smaller pups with moms mixed in now and then.
After watching all the wildlife action, we went back for one more view of Cape Perpetua. You drive up really high to a viewing area that shows the roads and ocean below. Don't miss this area when visiting Newport. It is incredible!
We will be leaving in the morning, heading to the Washington coast. Check back later for more from Washington.
Update: The birds with the blue are Brandt's Cormorants.
General Description: Brandt's Cormorants (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) are glossy black, diving birds with a long, thin neck and a long, thin, hooked bill. In breeding plumage, the throat pouch turns blue, and there is a patch of buffy feathers on the chin.