The North Coast
I made two trips to the northern Oregon Coast for my recent shorebird class. The “autumn” migration is well underway.
The Seaside Cove has a nice gathering of gulls. This California Gull is undergoing a rather extensive molt, I believe from second cycle to third. The severity of feather loss has actually created some interesting patterns.
At high tide, the Hammond Boat Basin has been hosting large flocks of Marbled Godwits and Whimbrels (and an unidentified dowitcher species in the middle of this image). Similar roosts in Washington attract rare migrants every year. I hope the same is true for the Oregon side of the river.
Posted on July 30, 2012, in mammals, OR Birding Sites, rarities, seasonal movements and tagged Black Turnstone, Brown Pelican, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Elk, Heerman's Gull, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Seaside Cove, Western Gull, whimbrel. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.