Date: May 29, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: sunny, warm
Temperature: start 48º
Wildlife count: rabbit
Birds: Spotted Towhee, Swainson’s Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, American Goldfinch, Wilson’s Warbler, Marsh Wren, Redwing Blackbird, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Mallard, Tree Swallows, Violet-green Swallow, Song Sparrow, Crow, Turkey Vulture, Western Gulls, Western Wood Pewee, Common Loon, Steller Jay, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee, Pacific-slope Flycatcher
We picked up Grant and Kathy and started our birding day at the rookery on the Coos River, viewing Cormorants and Great Egrets all sitting on nests, including several chicks. One adult male, on a branch in the tree, flared out his beautiful white feathers, much like a peacock, and then seemed to perform swats and push-ups. We understand that he was performing a courtship ritual, but we didn’t see any females watching with infatuation.
From there, we hiked around Millicoma Marsh, a great wetland area bordered by woodlands that held lots of birds. It was there that we saw two new life birds, the Black-headed Grosbeak and the Western Wood Pewee. It was a great spot.
Lunch was at KumYon’s, an excellent Coos Bay restaurant. After relaxing at lunch, we decided we had tramped around enough for one day. At home, we sat in the sunshine, watching for the many birds in our now quiet campground. After dinner, we walked out to the river, where we first saw the Pacific Slope Flycatcher and then walked the loops.