Monday, November 9, 2009

Beach Storms and Birds

Sarah and I spent a long weekend at the beach, which was getting hammered by storms each day. On Friday the skies were mostly sunny, but heavy surf battered Cape Kiawanda and covered the beach with a thick foam that wiggled in the wind.

With all the foam, surf, and fog, it was hard to see the boundaries between the sand, water, and sky.

On Sunday, we left for home reluctantly as always. Along the way, we stopped at the Nehalem Treatment Plant to look for some birds. Upon arriving, Sarah spotted a Black Phoebe, a rare coastal flycatcher.

A well-known Portland birder was visiting the area as well. He pointed us to a Northern Mockingbird perched on the sprinkler above. The coast is frequently visited by birds, such as this mockingbird, that venture out of there normal range. I rarely see these rarities myself, however, so it was nice to have a little help.

We also found pairs of White-tailed Kites, Northern Harriers, and Bald Eagles. Once again, the Nehalem Plant did not disapoint.


Johnny Nutcase said...

Hi there, we're south of you by a ways but the beaches here got nailed by some crazy waves this weekend (i guess from that Gulf of AK storm). waves were up to 30 feet. oddly enough, we saw a NOMO on the coast also - a county bird for my husband, he was pumped! good photos!

EcoRover said...

Nice! Cool place for birding. We sometimes get a little too persnickety about "good" and "bad" places, but if we listen (and watch) the critters will set us straight.

Birdnerd said...

Nehalem is the best....I can't wait to get there again...probably in January.....