In our last post, The Long and Short of It, we set out to look for both the Long and Short-eared Owls. Today concludes one journey and begins another.
|The wind gusts were extreme. And so was the birding!|
|People turn their backs to the strong gale force winds on Cannon Beach|
The wind and rain were constant. And so were the low clinging clouds. To be honest, it was all very beautiful, but it challenged the photographer inside.
|Haystack Rock-home of the nesting Tufted Puffins|
Just when you'd think the rain was done; it would begin again!
And most of the birds here didn't care. I suppose they deal with this kind of weather every day. We observed many Mew Gulls and added this new lifer to our slowly growing list.
|Carefully taking field notes on this exciting lifer that can sometimes be mistaken for a Ring-billed Gull|
|Mew Gulls-note the smaller yellow(no markings) and somewhat drooping bill|
|Harlequin Duck on Haystack Rock|
But behind every cloud, there was a bird. We just had to walk through the mist to find it.
|Spotted Towhee(the Oregon subspecies)|
The clouds clung to every cliff, hid every tree and made the roads slick and dangerous. The traffic was the worst, especially if there had been an accident.