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Posted by: atowhee | November 24, 2018

LOONACY AND ITS RESULTS

Paul Sullivan and I–both self-professed loonatics, or loon hunters–spent most of yesterday around Nehalem Bay seeking a Yellow-billed Loon.  The bird eluded us, helped perhaps by surging tides, rain, overcast and the vagaries of loon fishing known only to the loon itself. At one time in mid-afternoon about ten of us loonatics were gathered on the hillock at the north end of Kelly’s Marina parking lot, scoping the out-rushing tide–Bonaparte’s Gull was the best we could find.

None of us had seen the loon by 345 PM. In fact, Paul and I didn’t even manage a Common or Red-throated Loon.  But there were scads of other birds, my favorite being the Harlequins just off the rocky shoreline at Barview on Tillamook Bay.

BARVIEW WATERFRONT AT SUNSET

 

THE CORMORANT’S DIVE     Click on  any image to enlarge:

GALLERY

The elk herd, about 7 dozen, were in a field south of the Tillamook Air Museum along US 101.  The air was thick with mist, light level low, camera confused.
Nearly every place we stopped to bird there was a Great Blue Heron, or two:

In the last picture above the gull mob has been attracted by bread thrown onto water. Man who fed them is turning to leave; he’s circled, lower left corner.

KINGFISHER GALLERY  In third  image below the kingfisher is sitting in the rain.

Kingfisher in flight at Kelly’s Marina:

Pelagic Cormorants, not being very pelagic, hanging around fishing piers:

Red-breasted Merganser with a big mouthful:

Grebes: cruising red-necked, diving western:

Shorebirds:

The snipe above was at Nehalem Bay State Park.  Turnstones with gull at Brighton.  Surfbirds and turnstones at Barview.  Below: scoters, Steller’s Jay where the forest meets the sea, bright Sog Sparrow,  Nehalem Bay State Park:

Tillamook Bay, Tillamook, Oregon, US
Nov 23, 2018.  28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  X
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  X
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  X
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  X
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) (Larus occidentalis x glaucescens)  X
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  X
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group])  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X

Kelly’s Marina,, Brighton, Tillamook, Oregon, US
Nov 23, 2018.  15 species (+1 other taxa)

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  25
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  30
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  10
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  20
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  2
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  1
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)  19–present in morning, gone in afternoon
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  1
California Gull (Larus californicus)  1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  X
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) (Larus occidentalis x glaucescens)  X
Western Gull
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)  6
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  12
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  2

Wheeler Wildlife Viewing Area, Tillamook, Oregon, US
Nov 23, 2018.  20 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  X
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  X
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  X
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) (Larus occidentalis x glaucescens)  X
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  X
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  X
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group])  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X

Nehalem Bay SP, Tillamook, Oregon, US
Nov 23, 2018. 14 species

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  X
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  X
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  X
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  X
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  X
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  X
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X

Barview Tide Pool, Tillamook, Oregon, US
Nov 23, 2018. 18 species

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)  3–one male, two females
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  X
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)  5
Surfbird (Calidris virgata)  20
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  2
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  X
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  X
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  X
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Bay City Sewage Ponds, Tillamook, Oregon, US
Nov 23, 2018. 4 species

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X

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