Date: August 5, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: some sun/some clouds
Temperature: start 57º
Wildlife count: Gray Whale, Black-tailed deer, Rabbit
Birds: Bushtit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Robin, Wrentit, Swainson’s Thrush, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, Steller Jay, Great Blue Heron, Rock Pigeon, California, Western & Heerman’s Gulls, Sanderlings, Western Snowy Plover, Brown Pelicans, Turkey Vulture
The forecast for today was for heavy clouds, some fog, and wind – a very dreary day. As we prepared for church, we dressed for the forecast. Imagine our surprise when we came out of church and the car thermometer read 75°! That is a first this year.
We were late getting out of church due to communion, so lunch was quick at Burger King. When we left Coos Bay, the sun was shining and visions of shorts danced in my head. However, as we drove south, a marine layer advanced, and by the time we got to just north of Bandon, the temperature had dropped 15 degrees to 60°. What a bummer.
We packed our lunch and got out to China Creek. It was a busy day between training Bonnie as the new Plover host and talking to people, we almost didn’t sit down at all. The sun came out for the last few hours, and it was quite pleasant, but not shorts weather.
A couple of newlyweds (around 65 years old) came to the parking area – we think they were on their honeymoon. They were from Arizona, and were determined to spend a little time on the beach. They had heavy hooded jackets and wrapped up in a blanket and were still freezing. They decided they wanted to go inland!
It has been a fun day.