Date: May 3, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: windy and rainy
Temperature: start 51º
Wildlife count: Double-crested Cormorants, Surf Scoters, Pigeon Guillemot, Western Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Harbor Seal
We awoke to very gusty winds – fortunately, we had checked the weather and had taken down the awning. It is very easy to get it down and secured, as well as back up again. We had planned to go out for breakfast, but I spent the morning attempting to enter the local NWR photo contest. After several attempts, I called Jennifer, and she said that folks have really had difficulty with the format that was used.
By 10am, we both needed a break, so we took a ride to the True Value to replace the broken faucet screen, and by the time we got back home, it was time to make the Fumi salad for the potluck. We all gathered at the FWS office for potluck and to see Madeleine’s program on Cape Krusenstern National Monument. It was the same that we had seen at the Audubon meeting, but it was great to be back with friends from last year. As always, we learned a lot.
When we arrived home, we printed the photo entry forms and then scanned them into the computer to attach to an email – what a deal! We had a quick bite of supper while watching the news after a walk cut short by rain. John had his DQ birthday certificate, so we redeemed the certificate and each had a blizzard while watching birds at Coquille Point and the south jetty. When we got to Bandon Harbor, we watched a ‘flight’ of cormorants fishing. They would all line up across the river in a big group, perhaps 2-3 dozen birds, and then they would all dive at the same time. We believe that they were probably herding fish! After the storm of last night, there were huge rafts of seafoam floating on the river. We walked the loops when we got home and crashed.