Tillamook.

This morning I wanted to go somewhere I could find some shorebirds and at the same time tire the dogs out.  Bayocean Spit came to mind so I headed to Tillamook.  I did not think to check the tides.  No shorebirds to be seen, but lots of other great stuff!  The first bird I saw on the spit was this young Bald Eagle...


I love that he still has a baby bird beak thing going on...  He took off across the road in front of me and then stirred up some geese down on the mudflats...


Shortly after parking in the lot I saw a bird come flying in and swoop down at a crow before carrying on with its travels.  I assumed Peregrine but not the best photo:


The walk along the bayside of the spit was filled with birds including tons of sparrows, waxwings, swallows, and crows.  Lots of the sparrows were young and filled me with confusion. 



Thoughts?  This next one I know- it's one of them ugly young Song Sparrows...


Now Bayocean Spit is supposed to be a great place for Wrentits.  I had never seen on there myself so I felt like I had been looking in the wrong areas.  Today, though, I noticed a trail I had never taken before...  Bingo!  Not one, not two, but THREE Wrentits, out in the open!!!


I am guessing they are young and not yet versed in the ways of the mysterious and elusive Wrentit behavior.  Lucky me.


After this excitement the dogs and I walked over the dunes to the ocean side of the spit and ran around in the water for awhile.


The water felt great, though not as great as it would feel now that it's 102 outside.   On our way out I stopped to look at a merganser mom and two kids... Common?  Red-breasted? [Nope, Hooded... thanks, Seagull]


After the spit I headed over to Tillamook Bay Wetlands.  The area was deserted and the grass was high, but we trudged through for about an hour anyways...


The ravens were making a racket but I love them.  One nice surprise was this young male Black-headed Grosbeak:


The treetops were filled with starlings and cowbirds, the shrubs filled with waxwings and Swainson's Thrushes.  Would have been a nicer walk if it didn't heat up so quickly.  We made our way back to the car where the dogs acted like it was my fault it was so hot.  I filled them with cold water and drove back to PDX with the a/c going for them.

It was a fun trip!  Lots of great birds and tired dogs... Winning!