Date: June 13, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: am clouds, pm sun
Temperature: start 53º
Wildlife count: Black-tailed deer
Birds: Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Turkey Vulture, Gadwall, White-crowned Sparrow, Rufous Hummingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Crow, Robin, Western Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Wrentit, Swainson’s Thrust
We visited the Farmer’s Market in Coos Bay for the first time this year – bought some delicious-looking snow peas and a loaf of rosemary/sea salt Focaccia bread. After fueling the truck (only have to fill once every 3 weeks), we made the normal Wal-Mart run and had lunch at Taco Bell.
Our first walk was from the horse camp (a campground in the park just for horses and riders) out to the water settling ponds. We watched lots of different swallows enjoying a feast of emergent insects from the water. Even though we watched very closely, we couldn’t see what they were eating. We have learned from fly-fishing that you have to watch what is emerging from the water, and then match that with the fly that you use. (it is called ‘matching the hatch.’)
Insects often hatch under water into their larval stage, and then, when ready, the larva moves to the surface and flies off of the water’s surface as an adult insect. We just couldn’t see the insects today – perhaps the birds were grabbing the larva/insect before they could even get off of the water! Whatever, it was really cool. It was like watching Purple Martins on Tablerock Lake, grabbing mosquitoes just as they were coming off of the water.
When we got home, we ‘pulled’ the pork shoulder that we had cooked yesterday, and heated it for the potluck. We had a great crowd and wonderful food. Our second walk was to make all of the loops to walk off our dinner. A wonderful day.