Wednesday, May 06, 2009

More scenes from Tillamook County, Oregon

The offshore rocks along the Oregon Coast are almost all included in the National Wildlife Refuge system. Along with the many capes and cliffs of the coastline, they are excellent places for observing tens of thousands of birds, and not only seabirds, during the nesting and migration seasons. Yesterday, in addition to the Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Western Gulls and Pelagic Cormorants that are returning to the rocks to lay their eggs, I watched Scoters and Loons passing by, Brown Pelicans relaxing here in the north after completing their nesting in Mexico, and several Bald Eagles looking for easy prey in the shallow waters of Tillamook Bay. A Peregrine Falcon was keeping eggs warm on a protected ledge 200 ft. above the crashing surf. For a birder on the loose, it doesn't get much better than that!


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