here to see. After some afternoon relaxing time we went to Sue's Kitchen for an amazing Tia food dinner. Grandma & grampa went to bed early.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
male Vermillion Flycatcher
Tonight we are parked at the Bear River Casino for the night, will be venturing on to Cloverdale tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Bullards Beach State Park and Bandon Marsh Nation Wildlife Refuge where we had lunch at the Ni-les'tun Overlook. Jeanette is shown here at Bullard's Beach, which is as far west as we could go. Buster, who normally loves to run on the beach didn't want to have any part of all the noise of the pounding surf. He was however, delighted to tear into a mole hill, as shown below. Tonight we are comfortably set up in the Oceanside RV Park at the mouth of the Rogue River in Gold Beach.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
We have been confined to our home in Salemtowne and thwarted in our desire to travel south to California and possibly Arizona by a number of circumstances since early November. Primarily we have been waiting on Volkswagen to buy back our turbo-diesel Gulf SportWagen, which will probably now be this Tuesday January 10th. But weather has also contributed to our confinement. We do get out an go on a dog/bird walk daily as we catch a window in the weather each day, but we are now in the middle of enduring our second snow storm of the season, which confines us even more just to our house. In an effort to look at the brighter side of the coin, confinement causes me to concentrate in the birds or our yard. I offer the photos below of the birds we have enjoyed the last two days from our windows.
Oregon Dark-eyed Junco - this is the most numerous of our backyard birds, any where from 4 to a dozen daily. Notice the snow flakes, even on its head.
White-crowned Sparrow - this is a juvenile whose crown and eye-brows have not changed to the bright white of an adult.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Kinglets are the tiniest of songbirds. Males have a orange/red crown on their forehead that they can flare to express there anxiety.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Today we took or bird/dog walk in near-by Wallace Marine Park. We were all bundled up against the cold with temps in the 30's. This was my 551 bird list for this year, and probably the last list for 2016, and for that matter the last post for this year. Tomorrow starts a brand new year and I start all over with zero. Below are some of birds we saw. Here is a link for the complete list.
This is a male American Wigeon. A winter migrant that normally is seen in large flocks, but today we had just a pair, a male and a female. They give off a squeaky call that you can often hear before you see them.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Temperatures in the high 20's last night caused ice to form on our streets and sidewalks, and I was content to stay hold up in my den. But at 8:30 the sun burst out in full force, pulling me out to get in a walk and check out the birds. As I stepped out my front door this is the first bird I saw high in a tree across the street. What a lift to my dismal winter spirits. We saw him yesterday a few blocks away as well as a female in a nearby park. Making yesterday our first ever two Merlin day.
We enjoy watching Merlins every winter, and this marks the forth winter for us to watch them in Salemtowne where we live. Their seasonal presence is easy to notice because they are gone the rest of the year, traveling north to breed. They are a small member of the Falcon Family, and extremely fast in flight, which allows them to catch a small bird in flight. Salemtowne makes a good area to hang out in for the winter for a Merlin because of the numerous backyard feeders which provide a good supply of little song birds.