Yaquina Bay

Yaquina Bay, at the town of Newport, is one of the more productive sites on the Oregon coast. On this visit, high winds reduced the number of birds that were out and about, but there was still a lot to see.

loon eatingCommon Loon with the catch of the day
common loon

rt loon 1Red-throated Loon

pelagic cormorant 2Pelagic Cormorant

horned grebeHorned Grebe
horned and western grebesHorned Grebe (above) and Western Grebe

pelican yawnBrown Pelicans

long-tailed duck 2Long-tailed Duck

surf scoter 2Surf Scoter

peregrineThe flats behind the Hatfield Marine Science Center. There were lots of Mew Gulls, some Brant, and Northern Pintails. Note the Peregrine Falcon at the base of the fallen tree.

california gullCalifornia Gull

sea lion 1Large numbers of California Sea Lions loaf on the jetties and docks on the bay.
sea lion 2

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2 Responses to Yaquina Bay

  1. John, are loons migratory? We’ve been along the Coast more often this year and I haven’t managed to spot any. Any tips?
    Jane

  2. John Rakestraw says:

    Jane, All of the loons nest north of Oregon, migrating south in autumn. Several species are easy to spot along the coast through spring. They fly past many of the “seawatch” sites in great numbers, and you can usually see a few in any bay along the coast.

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