Date: August 18, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: cloudy all day, little wind
Temperature: start 54º
Wildlife count: Harbor Seal, Chipmunk, tree frog
Birds: Black Scoters, Black Oystercatcher, Brandt, Pelagic & Double-crested Cormorants, Western & Heerman’s Gulls, Canada Geese, Rock Pigeon, Pigeon Guillemot, Great Blue Heron, Mallards, Barn Swallow, Common Murre – dad and chick, Brewer’s Blackbirds
We were at Coquille Point this morning by 7:30 for our last Birding/Tidepool Walk, and only 2 people were waiting – however, there had been no publicity. Over 50 people were on the beach, with whom we visited. Several notable things include a Nudibranch, a sea slug; and a Sunstar, a sea star with 24 arms; both of which are firsts for this year. The great thing is that others found them and brought them to our attention. Reba, Melita & Lydia met us down on the beach and enjoyed the Tidepool creatures as well. Melita found a living Ochre Sea star that was eating a Mussel, and its tubefeet were very visible, which made a great teaching tool.
We picked up the gals at their hotel and went to the Minute Café for a late brunch, followed by a visit to the Farmer’s Market. Since the tide was right, we decided to crab in the afternoon, but though there were many crabs that were almost large enough, none of them filled the measure. With no crabs for dinner, we gave the gals the truck to go shopping till dinner time and we crashed for awhile. When they returned with their treasures, we all went to Figaro’s for pizza for dinner and called it a night.