Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SWF>>Oregon Coast

I am linking up Skywatch Friday  and  Green Day with some shots of  our days and nights on the Oregon coast at Yachats and at Cannon Beach.

We only had one evening in Yachats where we saw a clear sky and sunset. The view of the sunset from our hotel was the BEST. The rest of our nights on the coast were of the Oregon fog and clouds. We still enjoyed the coast and I think some of the foggy scenes were neat. I also had to include some more of the Oregon birds, mostly gulls. The gulls are hard for me to id, I believe some were Western Gulls which was a lifer for me.


We saw lots of gulls on the coast. I was surprised that there were not more shorebirds. I guess I am use to birding the Jersey and Delaware shore where the thousands of shorebirds are more of a common sight.  Another lifer for me on the Oregon coast was a Black Oystercatcher. I could not get a photo of it but I was able to positively id the Oystercatcher as it flew by me.


Sunset from our Yachats Fireside Hotel.


The next morning, some of the fog was neat looking and on this beach we had fun watching the surfers while checking out the tidal pools. In the far distance you can just barely make out a surfer carrying their surfboard to the water.


This is a good "WHAT" Gull? The juveniles make id-ing for me even harder than trying to id the adult gulls. I am taking a wild guess and say this is a juvie Western Gull.

The Bald Eagles were also around with a cloudy sky for a background. Not a pretty shot but the Eagles are always cool to see.

We did have some blue skies during the day at Cape Kiwanda. This beach was extremely popular and not a good place to see birds. I believe the crowds of people and the vehicles on the beach would keep the birds away. The beach was pretty and the sky was a beautiful blue.

Another beach along the Three Capes Scenic drive. The three capes are Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout and Cape Meares. Another beach that was missing the shorebirds. Where are they hiding?


A view from Gammon Launch at Cape Lookout. Looks like a popular spot for the paragliding. I am saving my photos of the Cape Meares lookout,  lighthouse and another Oregon lifer for another post. There were so many beautiful scenic overlooks along the Oregon coast. There are lots of great birds to be seen on the Three Capes Scenic Drive such as the seabirds, shorebirds gulls and woodland birds.

On one of the trails I saw these two Red Shafted Flickers. They were a treat to see, different than the Yellow Shafted Flickers I see at home in Maryland. I could not count the Flicker as a lifer as I had seen them on a previous trip to Washington state.

I hope you enjoyed my mish-mash of  foggy days and sky shots.
To see more beautiful skies from around the world please visit: Skywatch Friday.
And to see more of the pretty Green Day please visit Fiona's Green Day. Thanks to Fiona for hosting Green Day. Alos, thanks to Sylvia and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday!.

Of course I thank you for stopping by to see my post. I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.




53 comments:

Sue said...

Flickers have always been one of my favorite birds. Lovely photos. And my hubby would I.D. those gulls as "Target" . Sorry. He hates gulls. One "got" him one day with some "ammo"--LOL!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - It is a surprise somedays when a beach has nothing on it for no apparent reason - just bad luck I suppose.

The flickers are great - lifer or not!

Cheers - Stewart M

PS; thanks for linking to WBW

DIMI said...

Amazing shot dear Eileen!The one with the fog,so beautiful!!The eagle,the nature,all the birds,i love them all!!Have a nice Thursday my friend!
Dimi...

rainfield61 said...

I love foggy days.

I love to hike during foggy days.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those are great flicker shots! Aren't they wonderful birds? In all the years of visiting the Oregon Coast, I haven't seen many shore birds -- those we saw last week were the most I've ever seen in Oregon!

Bob Bushell said...

The landscapes are a work of pure genius, and I love the Red Shafted Flickers, they're beautiful.

Debbie said...

love those flickers. i see the difference, in the ones that recently visited me!!

you have amazing adventures!!

Claudia Moser said...

The sun shots are simply gorgeous!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful place with such lovely birds. Sunset is gorgeous.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

the Flickers are very cool looking birds!!
and i love serene sunset over the water...and the eagle, the beach...and the foggy morning!!

Gary said...

Great post, and love those flickers!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HoodPhoto said...

Those are some familiar looking views ;) You should stop by my blog tomorrow and submit for my new photo meme, "Orange You Glad It's Friday". Hope to see you there!

Carver said...

Wonderful coastal shots. Gorgeous sunset and a delight seeing the birds and all the shots.

HansHB said...

Beautiful photos!

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures of one of my favorite places, Eileen!! Gorgeous skies/sunset and all the beautiful birds! Have a great weekend!

Indrani said...

Gorgeous captures.

chubskulit said...

Delightful captures, I love the first shot the most!~

betchai said...

those sand dune in the beach looks awesome, and yes, it is always cool to see an eagle. they simply look majestic. love your bird shots and the fogs too.

Martha Z said...

The oyster catcher is hard to miss but like you, gulls and especially immature gull I find impossible.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful scenery, love the view from Cape lookout. looks like a great trip.

Lina Gustina said...

Awesome shots, Eileen. Love the birds and views!

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Jane said...

Awesome shots, Eileen and its interesting to see the coastline in both types of weather too. Thanks sharing:)

✿ chica said...

Dunas, praia, gaivotas, verde...Lindo tudo! beijos,chica

http://www.p-ter.net said...

There are gems of photos between.
Thanks to show them

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful pictures you show.
Thank you for visiting my blog :)
Hanne Bente

oldthings said...

Lovely photos ! I liked very much the photo with the stand on bird to the branch !
Have a nice weekend
Olympia

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

After all the stunning pictures I've seen on your blog, Oregon has become first in my states-to-visit list! :)

WildBlack said...

the one with the fog is my favourite :D Cool post!

Wollreflections

diane b said...

Great beaches and birds. I like the last one with a hint of red in its tail. I've never thought of Oregon having beaches I somehow thought it was a mountainous state with a rugged coastline. I learn something everyday on blogs.

thomas said...

A beautiful sunset captured.

Phil said...

Good to see and read about the slightly different flickers Eileen. What amazing differences in the weather you had there too, and those surfers - isn't it a bit dangerous to go surfing in fog? Think I'll stick to birding on dry land. Have a great weekend.

Chloe Grice said...

Lovely photos Eileen! I've never heard of Red Shafted Flickers before, they're very pretty.

Have a great weekend!

afanja said...

Great series, Eileen.
The shots of the sunset are beautiful, but for me the photo of the fog on the beach is the most special one.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

yes, I loved your day. Even the foggy part. :)
The Red Shafted Flickers looks like something between a dove and a woodprcker. :)

Karin M. said...

A very nice photo series,
I like the sunset very well.
Love greetings, Karin

Riet said...

I don't know many birds Eileen but the ones you show I like and I learn more every day. Thank you and have a nice weekend

Lew said...

Love the shots on the Oregon coast! In my experience on the west coast (California), the gulls follow the people looking for a snack (and usually getting it!). The other birds avaiod the crowds.

Emilie's daughter said...

I am living in Switzerland - no sea here! I am really impressed by your photos! Thanks for your comment on my blog! I shall add you to my lovely blog list! Christa

kim joul aita said...

wow it's so beautiful

Amiko

Beth said...

You captured some terrific photos, Eileen! My favorites included the sunsets,the fog, and the beach shots. What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing.

Ellie said...

That is a lovely beach - I love your sunset pictures but my favourite shot is of the fog. Something quite mystical about it. :)

Jen said...

Haha, yep the coast sure gets foggy! Glad you managed to find some birds anyhow and see one pretty sunset!

Nature in the Burbs said...

What a lovely series of photos. I really liked the foggy one with the surfer.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful sky photos, Eileen, and what a lovely place you've visited.

Pat said...

I love ocean sunsets, and yours looks like the sun is melting in all its golden glory into the ocean. Love the serious-looking seagull, too, and the bald eagle us uber-cool!

Kim, USA said...

Wow Eileen your shots are so pretty. I so love to take fog shots but do not have any chances yet. This place is beautiful too.


Kim,USA

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!!

George said...

I really like your photo of the dune against that pretty blue sky. You sunset pictures are beautiful, but that picture of the fog and mist is fantastic.

Luna Miranda said...

the sunset is beautiful, but the foggy morning is equally magical. love your photos of nature.

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful sunsets and beach shots Eileen. I think it's a matter of timing with the Oregon shore birds. There have been times I have seen hundred of birds on parts of the coast and other times hardly any. Most of our time has been spent on the southern part of the coast but we've been all up and down it.

I thought of you the other day when I saw an article in our local paper. A Wilson's plover has been spotted at one of our lakes. It's a shore bird that has never been seen, according to the article, in WA state. I'm going to try and get out to the lake after the holiday and see if I can find one.

Gattina said...

Beautiful place !

eden said...

Beautiful photos as always, Eileen!

Linda Gross said...

What great pictures of the beach, sunset and birds. Of the bird pictures my favorite is the one of the flickers.