Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tillamook trip

Michelle and I took a quick trip over to Tillamook and surrounding areas this week. It was, as always, a fun trip and we always see some great birds (for us at least).

The weather didn't cooperate too much but there were some breaks from the rain storms and we tried to take advantage of them as much as we could. Here are some photos from the trip and we are already planning our next trip to the coast. There is a list of all the birds we identified at the end of the post.

A Western Gull sits atop a post at the Memaloose boat ramp. We were on our way to the Bayocean spit when we decided to swing into the boat ramp parking lot.

We were really glad we stopped! This is a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage just off of the dock.

There were actually 5 or 6 Horned Grebes in this area.

Here is a Common Loon in the same area. There were 6 of these birds, as well.

A small flock of Black Turnstones. This is the only photo we got but they are another life list bird for us!

A Red-Necked Phalarope. There were 2 of these little guys feeding just as you entered the spit.

A view of Tillamook Bay.

Another great find for us was this Red-Breasted Merganser. Yet another life lister.

Yellow-Rumped Warblers abound!

You couldn't look left or right without seeing a Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

Another Western Gull posing (read: begging).

A Turkey Vulture caught us off guard flying right over our heads.

Birds we identified (51 species):
Canada Goose
Greater Scaup
Red-Breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-Crested Cormorant
Brandt's Cormorant
Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Black Turnstone
Northern Harrier
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Necked Phalarope
Western Gull
Ring-Billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Tree Swallow
Violet-Green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-Capped Chickadee
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Golden-Crowned Sparrow
Red-Winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Sparrow

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