Date: September 12, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: abundant sunshine
Temperature: start 50º
Birds: Sanderlings, California Quail, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Mallard, Snowy Egret, Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorant, European Starling, Brown Pelican, American Widgeon, Marbled Godwit, Peeps, Whimbrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Dunlin, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret
Our morning began with a great walk down Bullard’s Beach. It was low tide, but it didn’t seem very low, and indeed, it was not. We found a few sugar agates, but our big find was a beautiful piece of driftwood that will display some of our rocks, and a dead American Coot. We have seen very few Coots here, and this one was freshly dead, as the eyes were still visible. (Eyes are the first thing that scavengers eat.)
After our walk, we stopped at Bandon Marsh and saw about a dozen Marbled Godwits and probably 30 American Widgeons, along with a thousand peeps and lots of Canada Geese.
We walked around Old Town, trying to find a long-sleeve hoodie T-shirt, but had no luck. After a little time out at South Jetty, we had lunch at the Bandon Fish Market – John had fish and chips, and I had their clam chowder – delicious. When we got home, we took the truck to the maintenance yard and washed it, then came home and detailed and washed the windows. John put the Dish away.
We sat and read in the sunshine until time to go to Bill & Diana’s for dinner, which was terrific. She prepared chicken wings and a wonderful rice dish. Dessert was strawberry cheesecake. Afterward, we took them to Bandon Marsh, Anaflor Smith, and the Ni-les’tun Unit, looking for birds. We saw quite a few at the Marsh, but we were looking directly into the sun. Afterwards, we walked up to the booth to talk to Greg and see his pictures of his fishing trip. They caught some beautiful salmon. We came home and crashed.