~A face of stone smiles from within~

 

A face of stone smiles from within,

just off shore for everyone to gaze upon,

when looking out to sea in this harsh climate,

her warmth reaches out in a loving caress.

 

She greets the rising sun and accepts her daily task,

to protect the creatures that seek refuge within her embrace,

she kisses the moon as the tides swell around her,

and wishes upon the stars that peace will come again tomorrow.

 

Face Rock

Face Rock – Bandon, Oregon

Face Rock

Face Rock

Tides, the Rhythm of Life

Tides, the Rhythm of Life

 

Playing in the surf

Playing in the surf

 

Ocean Hillside

Ocean Hillside

 

Shoreline by Coquille Lighthouse

Shoreline by Coquille Lighthouse

 

Bandon, Oregon

Bandon, Oregon

 

We enjoyed our nine days at Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon, Oregon (July 7-15)! We walked the mile and a quarter from our RV to the ocean everyday. We enjoyed searching for and eating at some of the local eateries, especially the Face Rock Creamery. Their cheese and curds are delicious and the ice cream they serve, from a local dairy, is wonderful! The best Fish and Chips can be had at the Bandon Fish Market.

Day trips in and around Bandon and birding in the area topped off our visit. I added five new birds to my life list. A visit from friends, traveling in their RV, spent a few days with us, which was truly a highlight of our time at – Bandon by the Sea!

 

Until next time…….

~Shooting Macro – Photos from the Oregon Coast~

 

Sharing with Macro Monday 2

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Banana Slug

Banana Slug

Photo taken this morning while hiking in William M. Tugman State Park

 

Barnacles on a Log

Barnacles on a Log

Photo was taken while walking on the beach at Bullards Beach State Park

 

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I have seen these blooming shrubs at Bullards and Tugman.

 

Stellar Feather

Stellar Feather

Photo taken this morning while hiking in William M. Tugman State Park.

I looked down and saw this feather; I think it is a Stellar Jay Feather

 

Beetles? The wind was blowing!!

Beetles? The wind was blowing!!

Photo taken at the Dean’s Creek, Roosevelt Elk viewing area near Reedsport, Oregon

 

A Dining Ant

A Dining Ant

 

Photo taken yesterday, while hiking around Hall Lake across 101 from Tugman State Park

 

~So glad it needed to poop~

I can spot the Tufted  Puffin

I can spot the Tufted Puffin House

We just finished a wonderfully, delicious lunch of fish and chips at The Bandon Fish Market and decide to take a ride to the Bandon Beach overlook. Karla and I want to walk on the beach, find treasurer rocks and look for birds.

As we pull into the parking lot, we notice a man standing on the sidewalk near our car with a tripod and scope. We all began trying to figure out what he is doing. He pulls out a book and proceeds to flip through its pages. A birder we guess. After a few minutes he walks over to his car and pops the trunk.

Given the overcast and windy conditions, I realize a walk on the beach isn’t going to happen. As we are getting  jackets, cameras and binoculars out of the car, I am thinking why bother, because I know we are not going down those stars onto the beach.

The man with the scope is loading his equipment in to his car and Karla walks over and begins a conversation with him.  I notice she is speaking with him and I walk over to join them.

Karla tells me, “he is trying to positively identify a Western Gull to add to his birding life list.”

Karla then tells him “Sheila is looking for a Tufted Puffin!”

“A Tufted Puffin” he responds. “I just spotted a pair a few minutes ago.”

I exclaim with joy “where?”

He says, “I will show you with my spotting scope.”

One of my goals while traveling in Oregon is to see a Tufted Puffin. My new friend gets his scope back out of his trunk and begins setting it up.  The three of us are still trying to find the pair when two ladies walk up to us.

They ask, “what are you looking at?”

“We are trying to find the Tufted Puffin” we tell them.

One of the women then says, “we just saw them and you should walk out on the point for a better view of their nesting hole.”

My new friend says, “Sure, lets go out on the point and I will bring my scope.” My heart begins to beat quicker.

My new friend and I turn to my wimps, I mean group and I ask, “would you guys like to walk out onto the point?”

Hubby and Larry already begin to turn toward the car and Karla shakes her head no!

I look at Karla, “are you sure?” she tells me, “I have already seen a Puffin.”

Remember, it is cloudy and extremely windy and my wimps, I mean group, doesn’t want to stay out in the “extreme” conditions.  A little wind and overcast skies isn’t going to keep me from walking out to the point!

My new friend and I begin our trek toward the point high above the ocean, with huge rocks jetting out from the ocean floor in the distance. The wind is blowing and it is cool.  Looking out across the waves toward the rocks all the discomfort is forgotten. The rocks are covered with birds! Gulls, Cormorants, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemots and hopefully a lovely, pair of Tufted Puffins!

As we walk along, I ask him, “where are you from?”

He tells me, “Alaska, and I am touring the Oregon coast in hopes of spotting new birds.”

I tell him, “the Tufted Puffin will be a new life list bird for me.”

We select a spot and he sets up his spotting scope. He knows where to look and it doesn’t take him long before he finds the nesting hole. He shows me the rocks the Tufted Puffins were going in and out of earlier. I look through the scope and all I see are rocks, no Puffins.

We continue watching the rock opening hoping to see one pop out. As we wait we scan the rocks to see what other birds we can spot. We spot a Pigeon Gullimont – another new one for me, #370 - and some Common Murre.

Back to the Tufted Puffin nesting rocks – a head pops out. I jump with joy and shout, “Come out!”

I will the little Puffin, “come out, come out, come out.”

We watch as it looks left, then right, then left again. It doesn’t appear interested in coming out of its warm home.

Just then Karla comes running up behind us, “I haven’t seen the Tufted Puffin, I have only seen the Horned”

I say, “Okay, take a look, you can see its head sticking out the opening between the rocks.”

We continue taking turns watching the little puffin as it surveys the cliffs, with just his head sticking out of the hole.

After a few minutes, we tell our new friend, “we need to go” and I am thinking to myself, our wimps are waiting in the car. {grins, I love them}

I take one more look at the rocks and the bobbing puffin head and can’t believe what happens, it walks out of the rocks toward the cliff’s edge, takes a poop and waddles back toward the hole and I am yelling, “its out, its out, its out”.

Karla takes a turn looking through the scope and our new friend has to hurry to readjust the scope following the Puffin’s little journey. She manages to see it out of the hole!

The puffin stays out just long enough to walk out to the cliff’s edge, take a poop and walk back into the hole. It disappears!

It was a thrill! Number 371 – Tufted Puffin seen in Bandon, Oregon.

 

I can’t thank my new friend enough for taking me over to the point and setting up his birding scope.

Thank you Karla for starting a conversation with the man from Alaska!

And, thank you Tufted Puffin for needing to take a poop!

 

~Planning to climb the Coquille Lighthouse tower?!

 

Sneaking up on the Lighthouse

Scoping out the situation

Partner in Crime

Partner in crime, trying to look innocent

"Do you really think we can climb that tower?"

“Do you really think we can climb that tower?”

 

"I'll have none of that"

“I’ll have none of that”

 

They must have decided they couldn't complete this mission

Resting after failed mission or trying to look like happy campers at Bullards Beach State Park?

 

Maybe they are just happy campers!

Maybe they are just happy campers!

Karla and Larry at Bullards Beach State Park

Karla and Larry at Bullards Beach State Park

Sheila, Howard, Skye and Kloud

Sheila, Howard, Skye and Kloud

 

We enjoyed a fun filled few days, at Bullards Beach State Park, with friends Karla and Larry. After leaving Bullards, the four of us headed up to William M. Tugman State Park. Were we assigned a new mission? What kind of trouble did we get into?

 

 

~ Today’s Feathered Friend-Western Sandpiper~

 

Western Sandpiper

 

Western Sandpiper

A FewFacts:

`Black, relatively long sharp-pointed bill
`Black legs
`Contrasting reddish-brown markings on shoulder
`Reddish brown on crown and ear patch
`Feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, worms and aquatic insects
`Nests on moist tundra or mossy slopes

Fishing

Fishing

Western Sandpiper Art

Western Sandpiper Art

New one! – #372

 

Photos taken at Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon

 

Bullards Beach State Park

Bullards Beach State Park

 Joining Charlotte at Prairie Birder at http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com

 

~Today, July 12, 2014 captured in Photos~

Today, July 12, 2014 captured in Photos

Scenes from Bullards Beach State Park

and the beach at Face Rock

A Cloudy Day at Face Rock

A Cloudy Day at Face Rock

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A little color

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Home to many

Western Gull

Western Gull

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Found along a trail in Bullards Beach State Park

Path to the ocean

Path to the ocean

The beach at Bullards Beach State Park

The beach at Bullards Beach State Park

Enjoying the Day

Enjoying the Day

Dirty face Sibe

Dirty face Sibe

Beach Scene

Wind Shaped Sculptures

I believe this is a Double-crested Cormorant

I believe this is a Double-crested Cormorant

 

I believe this is a Wrentit (young)

I believe this is a Wrentit (young)

 

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

 

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Rock Art

 

Another fun day at the beach!