Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bayocean Spit

I went down to the Bayocean Spit in Tillamook County today  Feb 15, 2015.  Nothing great to report. Nice warm day and a nice walk on the beach and dunes.  I did hear a singing Palm Warbler when I walked south along the road  before heading back north out to the jetty.  The bay was empty of normal numbers of birds and the dunes were quiet.

Wrentits vary from red-brown in their northern range to gray in their southern range.  I thought this one was at the bright end of their red-brown spectrum.

Turns out my camera took these two picture .2 seconds apart.  In case anyone wants to know how fast a Wrentits eye adjusts to the light.

And my search for anything non-Least Sandpiper continues..I don't know why, but looking at over 100 sandpipers to be sure they all are Least Sandpipers is fun.

I promise no more Least Sandpipers for awhile.

Pelagic Cormorant, this shows the snaky look to the bird.  The head is about the same size as the neck.  No bulb look as on Brandt's. 

Anna's Hummingbird

The only alcid I saw on the ocean.  Winter plumage Common Murre.  Looks like it is slowly going to breeding plumage  with that little line of dark feathers across the front.

My list

Cackling Goose  9
American Wigeon  200
Mallard  4
Northern Pintail  35
Green-winged Teal  39
Surf Scoter  7
Black Scoter  1
scoter sp.  20
Bufflehead  18
Common Goldeneye  1
Ruddy Duck  32
Pacific Loon  1
Eared Grebe  5
Western Grebe  40
Brandt's Cormorant  3
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Pelagic Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  60
Least Sandpiper  100
Common Murre  1
Mew Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  8
Western Gull  6
Western/Glaucous-winged Gull  10
California Gull  4
gull sp.  40
Anna's Hummingbird  1
Rufous Hummingbird  1     appeared to be female
Northern Flicker  6
American Crow  12
Common Raven  6
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Brown Creeper  3
Pacific Wren  3
Marsh Wren  2
Bewick's Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  7
Wrentit  4
American Robin  6
Varied Thrush  2
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Spotted Towhee  3
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  12
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Red Crossbill  7


  1. Your claim that sorting sandpipers is "fun" makes me wonder about you...

    1. My daughters would say that is the tip of the iceberg and welcome to the club.