Friday, March 5, 2010

Not Oyster Catcher

Today marks a first for this big year. I did not see a new bird for the year, nor a new bird for the week. I am pretty sure that is a first! I did have a nice 30 minutes of birding this morning in a small marsh outside of Crescent City, CA. I hit a small pocket of high bird activity. The birds were actively getting their breakfast so they did not care about a human standing in their midst. There were many ruby-crowned kinglets along with a couple of golden-crowned kinglets. A winter wren was working thru some moss on a tree trunk not more than 10 feet from me. A wrentit decided to sing for a few minutes out in the open. Some yellow-rumped warblers were flitting thru the trees. Spotted towhees were calling and a downy woodpecker was working a dead tree. The chestnut-backed chickadees were chattering away.

The rest of the day proved to be a futile effort to find rock sandpipers, wandering tattlers or black scoters. Maybe tomorrow will change that. I did see a sign for Clausen farm-raised oysters. I stopped in and picked up a couple of dozen to have for dinner in my motel room. The photo above shows some of the oysters and a bottle of Navarro pinot gris which went very well with the shellfish. If Ben and Karen are reading this, this one is for you!

I am not in Oregon this week just for the hey of it. I am going out of Newport on Saturday on an all day pelagic boat trip. Is a laysan albatross, or something even rarer in my birding future? Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. As you've been demonstrating all along, there are a lot of "firsts" in a new endeavor. Your first for today is rather profound in its contrast to the buzz 'til now. Could we graph the rapid accumulation of species over time and the gradual tapering off? Hmmm.... Good luck with that albatross.