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Last week in LC

Two weekends ago we headed back out to Lincoln City for the first time since the wind storm and Echo Mountain fire not knowing what to expect.  Amazingly our house had no damage despite a billion small branches covering every square inch of our property. Some of the alders were blown completely leaf-less making it look wintery and weird for late summer.  A lot of our neighbors were not as lucky with huge trees down all over and one neighbor's shed had blown out the back of their yard onto a sidewalk (below).
We fit in some birding between all the cleaning up, like an afternoon visit to the Salishan Nature Trail. We walked out to the beach where a lot of birds were relatively close in for once.
Red-throated Loon Pacific LoonWe had some good shorebirds on the beach like a couple of Black-bellied Plovers and a Baird's Sandpiper. During the week I visited the Salmon River Estuary a couple more times hoping for more shorebirds though there are many other distractions there. 
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Baker County

My eastern Oregon adventure with Ralph continued on Thursday afternoon as we headed east on Highway 7.  Our first real stop was at the boat ramp on Philips Lake adding Yellow-rumped Warbler, Mountain Bluebird and Western Grebe to my brand new Baker list.  I took more photos of insects here, though, like this common ringlet: As I walked Ralph up the road here I saw something out of the corner of my eye...  The mantis proceeded to walk out of sight to my back which was not my favorite thing to happen.After the boat ramp I stopped for a very short walk at the Powder River Recreation Area and then drove through the parking area at the Mason Dam viewpoint where a family of peacocks was kind of cute.  I was still pretty stressed about the Lincoln City house and decided rather than spending time searching for a good camp spot I would just get a motel in Baker City.  This worked out well and after resting for an hour or so I was ready for some evening birding. First stop: North Powder Pond nort…

Grant County

My plan last week was to take Ralph on a little camping trip out to eastern Oregon for a few days and bird the three counties in Oregon I had never birded. We were supposed to leave Tuesday but the crazy windstorm pushed the trip a day to Wednesday.
Cell service disappeared pretty quickly so I birded in oblivion all morning, starting at Bull Prairie Lake in the northwest corner of Grant County. 
This is a peaceful spot with lots of little walking trails, a campground, and a boat ramp.  Ralph and I wandered around for a bit and picked up 17 species for my new Grant County list.  Highlights included young Ring-necked Ducks, a lone pintail, and a random pipit that had just taken a bath on the boat ramp.

 From here we headed south on 207, then 19, then east on 402.  Sunflowers were abundant in much of eastern Oregon which is nice.  We passed the fruit stand where the Summer Tanagers had been hanging out but didn't stop because I didn't feel like focusing on rarities.  Instead, I picke…