Thursday, January 13, 2022
Monday, January 10, 2022
We have been watching the weather forecast everyday hoping for a couple of dry days in this seemingly endless pattern of rain. Finally, this week we noticed that Saturday and Sunday were predicted to be dry and warmer on the Oregon Coast. We set our sights on a visit to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, south of Florence, where our friend Glenn who is currently working as a volunteer at the Driftwood II Campground. It was a good decision, and we enjoyed bright sunshine and some great birding.
Over a hundred Sanderlings scurried along the waterline looking for little tidbits. You can see our observation list of the river and beach here.
After lunch the three of us drove to Carter Lake for an afternoon bird walk. This Common Loon was a great find, in fact it was the first to be reported to e-Bird at this location as well a flock of Canada Jays that we also saw. You can see our observation list here. We concluded our day at Darling's Marina & RV Resort enjoying dinner and the sun setting across Siltcoos Lake.
Both the Lagoon and Waxmyrtle Campgrounds are closed due to highwater flooding. Driftwood II Campground, where Glenn works, and stays is still open. Click on this map to get a closer look at the area.
We have enjoyed this area for many years, camping, birding, and volunteering in the Snowy Plover Protection Program. In fact, we first met Glenn while camping here at Waxmytle Campground around five years ago. We have continued to share in adventures with Glenn, not only here, but throughout Oregon, California and Arizona.
Saturday, January 1, 2022
I was happy to find this Red-breasted Sapsucker this morning, back at his old tree here in the Dallas Retirement Village. 2021 has been a tough year for him as well as everyone else. The landscape crew got carried away this year in trimming up this tree and exposed his hideaway where he could harvest the sap in secrecy. You see, Sapsuckers drill holes in trees not to find insects, but to access sap. They then return to these "sap wells" again and again to harvest the sap. If a hapless insect gets stuck in the sap, so much the better for the Sapsucker. In the past I could count on stopping by and peering deep into the foliage to see him, or getting a glimpse of him as he came and went to and from his hidden source of sap. But for many months now, he has been missing. I'm sure he has felt his private world was destroyed. So, it really made my day to find that he was back. Perhaps he summoned up the courage to drill new holes for sap out in plane sight. I'm going to choose this as a good omen for the New Year, with hoping we all can manage to get back to our normal lives again.
Monday, December 27, 2021
We have had an overabundance of snow for the past three days, and the weather forecast says there are several more days to come, leaving us essentially house bound. Our routine each morning, is after coffee, catching up with e-mail, Facebook, and the news, we have breakfast and go for a work-out in the Mill, which is the new location here at Dallas Retirement Village that is equipped with exercise machines. Next I go out and clear off the snow on the solar panel on our van so that the batteries will continue to charge. A good part of the last couple of days has been spent working on a jigsaw puzzle in the Jasper St Lobby. For the last three weeks we have been participating in water volleyball in our new swimming pool one a week in the afternoons. Our evenings are usually spent watching Youtube, and movies.
Saturday, December 11, 2021
This photo was taken a couple of months ago, October 6th in the nearby town of Independence. We are parked behind their Civic Center, where we have good access to walk and bird on the Riverview Park Trail along the Willamette River. Now the days have grown shorter, the weather is colder, wetter, and the leaves are gone, as is our desire for complicated overnight trips. And then there are the distractions, or opportunities, you choose the word, of the new facilities here at Dallas Retirement Village.
With two new exercise rooms, a hot tub, and a swimming pool, we have lots of options to fill in the winter days. However, we continue to use the van, primarily for daytrips to close-by parks to walk and bird. It's a convenient mood of transportation, lots of room out of the elements to potty, change clothes, and enjoy lunch in the comfortable dinette with a furnace to keep us warm and comfortable.
Here are the links to bird walks from yesterday's daytrip.
Thursday, November 25, 2021