Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mike Miller Trail

Today was a day off for us, so we went hiking and birding at Mike Miller Park in Newport.  This forty acre Lincoln County park is located on the South end of Newport on 50th Street. The dense coastal forest of spruce, hemlock and fir combined with a thick understory of rhododendron, salal, and huckleberry effectively block off the surrounding civilization, giving a wilderness feel to the trail. The downside of that was it gave the birds lots of safe cover, preventing us from getting good views to make a proper identification on a number of birds. We will be back.  Plus, we discovered two spur trails, one short one called the Emery Trail, and a longer one, the Wilder Trail which climbs up to the Wilder Estates and the new Oregon Coast Community College. Photo below
--- a male Hairy Woodpecker.

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