August 30, 2010

Sunday Biking

Guess who I ran into at Sunday Market? Mary & Marilyn wanted to go for a ride, of course!

August 23, 2010

Sutton Hike

Annemarie and Bill did the Sutton Trails with me today, beautiful day!

Florence Pocket Saltmarsh

Florence Veteran's Park just west of the 

Siuslaw River Bridge hosts a pocket saltmarsh

Gumweed Grindelia integrifolia

Pickleweed or Glasswort  Salicornia virginica

is a common estuary plant.

Seaside Plantain Plantago maritima is also 

found on sea bluffs.

Jaumea  Jaumea carnosa is common in tidal areas 

Owl Clover  Castilleja ambigua is found in salt

marshes, unlike it's orange-red cousin

Coast Paintbrush which is found on sea cliffs

August 17, 2010

Interpretive Birding

I led a group of Forest Service Seasonal Interpreters

for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on

a bird walk at Lagoon Trail, Siltcoos Outlet.

Do I look like I know what I'm talking about?

We had a great time and even saw some birds!

August 13, 2010

Biking Siuslaw Road

Meeting at Wildcat Bridge, Cathy, Mary & I

rode up the Siuslaw Road today.

Weather was perfect and we even went for a swim

August 10, 2010

Tuesday Birders at Heceta Head

Common Murres

Common Murres in nesting colony

The blue throat on the Brandt's Cormorants 

is quite striking.

Brandt's Cormorants in nesting colony

Tuesday Birders at Heceta Head

Checking for Common Murre chicks on Pinnacle Rock

on the way up to the lighthouse

The purple flower behind us is fireweed.


August 2, 2010

Birding up the coast

Rocky Knoll looking north

Heceta Head in the fog looking south

Mystery place....can anyone guess?

Pinnacle and Parrot Rocks off Heceta Head.

I spent some time up north today checking out

the seabirds. I did find Common Murre and

Cormorant chicks as well as Pigeon Guillemots