Friday, July 30, 2010
This is our new digs, our RV site at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s District Office at Adair Village. We moved our Holiday Rambler here today, and will start work on Monday. Buster loves the green grass, and I love the view of Adair Pond out our front windows.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
One of the most repeated questions I get is: “what’s your next adventure?” Here is the answer; tomorrow we move our motor home to our next volunteer assignment with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It will be at their South Willamette Watershed District Office at Adair Village, 8 miles north of Corvallis. It’s for the month of August, and Jeanette will be working in the office assisting the volunteer coordinators. I will be working on lawn, grounds and building maintenance. Our RV site sits on a knoll overlooking Adair Pond. Buster will have a nice fenced in yard to enjoy. If you are in the area, stop by.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Trip Journal for details.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
The beach areas that we commonly hike along the Central Oregon Coast have lots of signs and boundaries to protect the nesting Snowy Plover. But, we never see them. I have photographed lots of little shore birds, but closer examination at home with the computer and bird guides always identify my sighting as Sanderlings. Yesterday while hiking the beach I glanced at a flock of birds on the wet sand and with my binoculars noted the long bills and thought, more Sanderlings. But wait, there are two birds that are different and remind me more of Killdeers. They must be the elusive Snowy Plover. I snapped as many photos as I could get, and was quite happy as we drove home thinking I had at last photographed the Snowy Plover. However, when I got home and looked closely to make a positive identification, I was quite surprised to discover that what I had photographed was a Semipalmated Plover! The Snowy is still at large.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Oregon Dunes, and it turned out to be a great idea. A dark fog bank hung out over the Pacific Ocean, and a cool ocean breeze kept the temps in the 60s instead of the 90s that we have been experiencing in the valleys. We spotted Osprey and Eagles, Sandpipers and Plovers. It was a great day.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Western Pond Turtle on May 31st. It is amazing how many we saw yesterday during our walk by just looking closer at logs in nearby Elk Creek. We ended up seeing six at this location on these two logs.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Great Blue Heron standing in the reflective waters of Elk Creek.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Lagoon LoopTrail. Got a little side-tracked in talking with a couple of volunteer hosts and discussing job possibilities and didn’t get much hiking in. We were very successful in escaping the heat though. When we left Florence to return home at 4:30 it was 61 degrees, and Elkton was reported to be 98 degrees.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010