Birding Tillamook

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
Robert Lynd

There are few things I enjoy more than birding, except perhaps, writing down the birds I’ve seen with a favorite fountain pen.  I saw some amazing birds in the Tillamook area and I took over 200 photographs on January 12, 2015.  There are just a few here because when I returned home, I realized a setting on my camera had been bumped and most of the photos were not useable.  It happens to everyone eventually I guess.  Lesson learned.  Regardless, my list for the day topped out at 44 species, bringing my Big Year total to 69 species so far.  I have a good start on the year, that’s for sure.

The stars of today included the Tundra Bean-goose (from Russia), a few Common Loon’s, a female Ruddy Duck, a couple of Lesser Scaups, Canvasbacks, a Cooper’s Hawk  and a Western Grebe.  I had amazing views of a Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and of course the goose. Continue reading

January Birding

It was lovely summer weather in the country, and the golden corn, the green oats, and the haystacks piled up in the meadows looked beautiful.  The Ugly Duckling, by Han Christian Anderson.

As most mornings do, this particular morning promised me an adventure.  This day I was to explore the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant park that had a paved trail that wrapped around trees, ponds, and fields.  The wintery Oregon weather was typical, clouds, mist, temperatures not cold but certainly not warm.  I challenged my birding chances by heading out at the worst time of day to see any birding activity.  I was going to squeeze as many birds as I could from this park – and squeeze I did.  It took me about three hours to walk the three miles or so that I did to feel satisfied that I’ve done my very best.  Yes, this year is about getting as many bird species as I can on my list, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy watching the birds any less than I typically do.   Continue reading