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!