Tag Archives: Black Turnstone

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 … Continue reading

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Seaside, 11/10/2011

Here are a few more images from a recent trip to the coast. Black Turnstone at The Cove in Seaside (Birding Oregon p. 121) Surfbirds blend in with the rocks very well until someone opens their wings. California Gull in … Continue reading

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Tillamook Bay, 9/24/11

I took my Portland Audubon class to Tillamook Bay (Birding Oregon p. 125). We found strong winds, high tides, and rough seas, but the weather was warm and mostly sunny. This photo was taken on the bayside of Bayocean Spit. … Continue reading

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Seaside, OR 8-4-11

I spent the day birding sites around Seaside, OR (Birding Oregon p. 121). The tide was the lowest I have seen at The Cove, revealing its sandy bottom. The low tide allowed lots of beach-combers to wander along the rocky … Continue reading

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North Coast

I made two trips to the coast for my shorebird class last week. Migration is picking up, and the sun is actually making¬† occasional appearances. Three Arch Rocks, viewed from Cape Meares (Birding Oregon p. 129) This is the site … Continue reading

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Rockpipers

The Cove at Seaside (Birding Oregon p. 121) is a reliable winter site for Black Turnstones and Surfbirds. When the tide is high, these birds will come fairly close to the parking area, so you can sit on a log … Continue reading

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Studies in Gray; Heerman’s Gull

The rocky shore of The Cove in Seaside (Birding Oregon p. 121) is a favorite loafing spot for Heerman’s Gulls. The gray stones match the velvety gray of the gulls, and make the flash of brilliant red from the gulls’ … Continue reading

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Rockpipers

Two of the more common rock-loving shorebirds along the coast are Black Oystercatcher and Black Turnstone. Both species hang out on rocky shorelines in the intertidal zone, probing the wave-splashed rocks for mollusks. Black Oystercatchers would be very hard to … Continue reading

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North Coast Shorebirds

I birded Fort Stevens and Seaside on the coast today. I met a birder from the east who asked me when the shorebirds would be coming through. I explained that shorebirds were on the move now, but they tended to … Continue reading

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