Oregon Bound and Down... travel blog

Bandon Lighthouse in the morning

Huge wild blackberries..

...just waiting to be picked.

Lots of blackberries

Beginning the campground program

Demonstration with the kids

Daring the brave boy to put his hand into the "Blubber Glove."

He did it!

Cheer for the 'toothed' and 'baleen' "whales"!

Who won?

Checking the Plover nest late

Snowy Plover in the exclosure with her chicks

One more check...

...before the sun sinks below the Pacific Ocean


Date: August 8, 2012

Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon

Weather: abundant sunshine

Temperature: start 52º

High 70º inland at boat ramp; 65° on the coast.

Wildlife count: Black-tailed Deer

Birds: Bushtit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Steller Jay, Black Phoebe, Cedar Waxwing, Crow, Raven, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Goldfinch, Turkey Vulture, American Robin, Mallard, Canada Geese, Brown Pelican, Barn Swallow, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Harrier, Pigeon Guillemot, Western Snowy Plover

We went to the SEA office to pick up the materials for the evening’s campground program, our last one of the year. While we were there, we picked a few blackberries. We visited the Ni-les’tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh, where we saw a few deer, and then moved over to the Riverside Bandon Marsh – just geese and gulls. We also visited the South Jetty, and by that time we were hungry for lunch, which we picked up at Subway.

We drove out 42S highway to the boat ramp to enjoy our lunch in new surroundings. We wanted to check for the presence of blackberries, and the canes were LOADED! We picked till our pan was full.

Got home and put those in the freezer and prepared all of the materials for the evening program, as well as Fumi Salad for dinner with Bill and Pam. Then Kathy, the Plover Biologist called, and reported that the Plover nest was hatching. Soooooooo, we ran out to China Creek to be able to see a chick – wow, are they little! The photos are not great as they are SO far away, and so little. We hated to leave and miss the banding of the chicks.

We were delighted to be able to enjoy dinner in Bill and Pam’s new home, and with Les and Pam, we were the inaugural guests! Bill & Pam served smoked and grilled salmon with shrimp sauce, a Greek macaroni dish, garlic bread, and we brought salads. It was a terrific meal!

We had to be back at camp in time to set up for the 7 pm campground program, which we led. It was lots of fun, and the kids were really excited about the “Blubber Glove,” and the contest between the “Toothed and Baleen Whales.” We had a great time.

After the program, we tried China Creek once more, to see if the biologists might still be there, but they were not. However, there is still one more chick that had not hatched when they left at 8 pm, so they will be at China tomorrow morning early, and we might get one more chance to see a chick up close. We’ll hope!

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