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~Today’s Feathered Friend-Gone Crabbing~

Western Gull

Western Gull
Western Gull looking for dinner in the surf of the Pacific Ocean
Dinner
Got a crab!
He keep dropping this crab in the ocean and picking it up again.
He keep dropping this crab in the ocean and picking it up again
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“I think I will go eat it now!”
Can just make out the crab leg
Can just make out a crab leg

Photos taken, August 3, 2014, while we were staying at Fort Steven’s State Park in Astoria, Oregon.

 

Joining Stewart at http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com/2014/09/wild-bird-wednesday-112-kittiwake-black.html

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Happy Birding!

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~Nehalem Bay State Park~

Nehalem Bay State Park

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We arrived at Nehalem Bay State Park on Wednesday. Upon arriving we experienced something that has never happened to us during the seven years we have had our coach. We could not maneuver into our reserved site. We tired several times, even going around the RV loop trying to position the coach just right. NO GO!

The roads are narrow within most of Oregon’s  State Parks and the campground roads in Nehalem Bay are no exception. These beautiful state parks are old and designed for much smaller rigs.

There were three trees that prohibited us from backing into our site. Two were on either side of site F05 and one was on the opposite side of the road. Prior to booking our sites, we always look at photos of them on the web and this one seemed fine.

Oregon’s Coastal Highway 101 is a curvy, hilly, narrow road and as you travel along you go through many small towns. These towns have speed limits of 25 miles an hour. During the summer months there are lots of people and lots of traffic.

All of the state parks we have stayed in on this trip, have been FULL, including Nehalem Bay, with the Campground Full sign being posted very day!

The milage from South Beach to Nehalem was about 100 miles, not much, but given these conditions my driver was tired. We didn’t want to leave Nehalem Bay and try to find somewhere to spend the night.  Needless to say this would have changed our plans. We were upset!

Nehalem Bay has SOME very nice sites that will accommodate 40 foot rigs, but you must make sure, prior to booking, that you will fit into a site. F05 was long enough, but we could not swing wide enough to get in!

We drove back to the Ranger Station and explained our situation. They assigned us a site that they hold open for emergency purposes.  We thank them very much and we are very happy with the site we were given!

Staying at Nehalem Bay State Park gave us the opportunity to walk on the beach, hike to the Bay, and visit Tillamook to the south and Canon Beach to the north, all of which we enjoyed.

Today, we drove to Cape Meares and walked around in the clouds! We then stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory and ate cheese (I did, Howard doesn’t like cheese, can you believe that?) and ice cream. A fun day!

In the morning we head to Fort Steven’s State Park.

 

The beach at Nehalem Bay State Park
The beach at Nehalem Bay State Park

 

 

 

Canon Beach
Canon Beach

I add this photo of a Red Crossbill that I spotted while parked at a pull-out, on our way to Canon Beach. It isn’t a good photo, because I was too far away. He was perched atop a huge pine tree with the ocean in the background. However, I was so excited to have spotted the Crossbill, because it has been many, many years since I have seen one.

Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill

 

Enjoy the Journey!

~South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon~

From our coach to the beach is only a short .25 mile walk. Every morning and evening we had our pick of  trails to hike. Some would take us to the beach, some to South Jetty, and some through the heavily wooded forest.

A short sandy trail to the ocean once you leave the paved trail.
A short sandy trail to the ocean once you leave the paved trail.
South Jetty in the distance
South Jetty in the distance
South Beach (entry from South Jetty).
South Beach (entry from South Jetty). Lots of horseback riders use this trail to ride on the beach.

The forest is filled with Sitka Pines, Huckleberry and Twin Berry bushes and numerous other species of plants. We enjoyed hiking all the many trails, but the heavily forested ones, following the ridge line high above the ocean and the campground, were our favorite. We didn’t bring our bikes on this trip and have been wishing we would have, because the park offers miles of paved biking trails.

Beautiful old growth trees!
Beautiful old growth trees!

The ocean never seems to tire of sending its cool breeze inland and with it cool temperatures. It has rarely been above 70 during the day, dipping down into the 50’s at night. With gorgeous sunny days, except for occasional clouds that seem to float in and out, we have enjoyed our visit in Newport, Oregon.

Fog rolling in this morning
Fog rolling in this morning

South Beach State Park is probably the largest state park we have ever stayed in with 225 electrical and water sites, 60 tent sites and 27 Yurts. For us it is a tad too big. If you plan a visit to South Beach State Park book your reservations early, because it is a very popular park and full most of the time.

At least it was colorful!
Sharing a trail. At least it was colorful!
Watching the waves!
Watching the waves!

 

A different view of the Yaquinta Bay Bridge
A different view of the Yaquinta Bay Bridge

South Beach is a beautiful state park, extremely well taken care of, as are all Oregon state parks, with lots to do in the surrounding area.

A visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center with my science guy!
A visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center with my science guy!

 

A fun place to visit!
A fun place to visit!

 

My Science Guy
My Science Guy

In the morning we say goodbye to South Beach State Park and head north on Hwy 101.

 

 

~First there was one, then there were 64,000~

Yaquina Head Natural Area

 

During the summer 65,000, of the birds listed below, claim Yaquina Head Natural Area as home. They spend the spring and summer breeding, nesting and raising their chicks on these bluffs.

`Common Murre

`Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants

`Pigeon Guillemots

`Western and Glaucous-winged Gulls

I have never seen so many Murres before our visit to Yaquina Head Natural Area. My photo of the single Common Murre was taken at the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay while on a hike from South Beach State Park.

First there was one.....
First there was one…..
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Then there were thousands….
One of the Islands
One of the Islands covered with nesting birds
Common Murre Kites
Common Murre Kites
"Make room"
“Make room”
Sees me taking her photo
Sees me taking a photo
Decides to show off a little
Decides to show off a little
Goes all out for the visiting lady from Colorado
Goes all out for the visiting lady from Colorado
Brandt's Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Feeding Babies
Feeding Babies
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I think this gull wants to be feed
Love
Love

 

~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

 

~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?