Long-tailed Duck with scaup, Devils Lake Campground (10/13/19)
Black Phoebe on someone's back porch, Holmes Road Park (10/26/19)
A few weeks ago we went up to the clearcuts in our future 5MR and found some good birds, starting with my county Canada Jays.
A small herd of elk crossed the logging road in front of us.
A Sharpie appeared, keeping all the birds out of sight.
A couple of county Wilson's Snipes started flying around which felt real weird in a clearcut.
At the top of a ridge we flushed a 5MR Lapland Longspur that had been on the edge of the road in the grass. Goose migration was in full swing at this time and a flock of Cackling Geese was followed by a flock of county Snow Geese.
The filter for Snow Goose on eBird is set to 7 or something really low here and these birds have still not been confirmed.
This weekend I went out to Lincoln City to work on our sunroom walls, adding texture to hopefully conceal the weird lattice pattern left behind when Jacob tore the actual lattice off the walls.
Since it takes 24 hours to dry I had plenty of time to bird. At the sewage ponds I picked up Peregrine Falcon for the 5MR and Gadwall for the county.
Oh yeah, and that was the day eBird was down which was embarrassingly aggravating.
I made more stops at Schooner Creek, D River Open Space, and the 15th Street beach access.
Back at the house the weather was gorgeous and I decided to walk each dog individually. On my walk with Rexi I noticed some sparrows under a bush, including my 5MR White-throated Sparrow! Not the easiest Lincoln County sparrow.
The next morning I was able to paint the walls though while the paint was wet it made the lattice pattern stand out even more. We do not understand why that happened, but it mostly disappeared once dry.
This is a really fun area for birding because many birds in the water are fairly close, and there are far fewer people to deal with than on the South Jetty.
As we passed an opening in the grass with a view of the rocks below a flash of white alerted us to two Snow Buntings. So easy!
This was a lifer for Jacob and a county bird for me. It was awesome to be able to sit with them for a bit and have them not care much. Along the jetty more birds were easy to look at.
After the jetty we picked up some snacks and headed to Hatfield Marine Science Center, stopping for some Greater White-fronted Geese and their Cackling friend.
At the science center nature trail I was happy to get decent looks at a White-winged Scoter.
Counting ducks is not a thing I enjoy.
But I try to do it anyway because eBird does not let you enter "shit tons."
We made a couple of quick stops at the South Jetty and the fishing pier before heading back to Lincoln City. My favorite thing was these Common and Barrow's Goldeneyes hanging out together.
It's been awesome spending so much time in Lincoln County and my future Lincoln City 5MR is shaping up well. I have seen almost as many birds in it this year as my regular 5MR, which is crazy but not really.
And in case you're wondering, the sunroom walls look great now.