Date: July 28, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: cloudy am, sun later
Temperature: start 59º
Wildlife count: Harbor Seals
Birds: Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Rock Pigeon, Barn Swallows, Double-crested, Pelagic & Brandt’s Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, Black Oystercatchers, Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Brewer’s Blackbird, Turkey Vulture, Purple Finch, House Sparrow, Black-bellied Plover, Red Knots, Western and California Gulls, Steller Jays, Crows, Cedar Waxwings
We enjoyed breakfast at the Minute Café, checked out the south jetty, and then worked our shift at Coquille Point. People were quite interested in the birds and we had a great time sharing. One family was Israeli, with whom we shared delightful conversation.
We returned the crab rings and spent a good amount of time at Bandon Marsh, studying the early returning shorebirds. Even though they were quite a distance away, we believe we identified Black-bellied Plover and Red Knots. We made a quick trip to Ray’s and came home to prepare Smoked Salmon dip and a veggie plate for Dave & Liz’ potluck, a great time together. We relished Liz’ clam chowder, Diana’s homemade bread, fresh fruit and chocolate/coconut bars. Of course we sat around the fire afterwards and talked away the evening. Dave and Liz gave gifts – a crazy fishing lure for John and he painted a Snowy Plover on a shell for me – what talent!
When we got home, we stopped to say good-bye to John and his granddaughters – he is to embark on a bike ride from Coeur D’Alene, ID to Kalamazoo, MI next month alone, at 75 years old. Coming out of Coeur D’Alene is nothing but mountains for a LONG way, so we truly wish him the very best. Ron and Linda joined us, even though it was late, for a sunset walk around the loops, sharing the stories of our day.